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#1 itstheh

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Hi everyone, I wonder if a guru can explain something for me and the benefits behind it!

I made a mistake recently and purchased a SLI enabled motherboard : http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plus990fxchipset/990fxextreme3.html

and 2 graphics cards that unfortunately are not SLI comptaible : http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/nvidiageforcegraphicscards/nvidiagt630fermiseries/n630gt-md4gd3.html

Now my dilema is should I return the cards and get 2 that will work under sli, or can I run both of them in the system without causing any problems or lack of performance?

I want to run 3 monitors. 2 on HDMI and 1 on VGA. 1 screen is a 42" TV, 1 is a 27" monitor and 1 is a 15" monitor.

I was putting it all together and realised I had purchased the wrong cards, but didn't know the pros and cons of the situation!

Can anyone suggest the best course of action please?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:39 AM

Usually SLIing is intended for performance gain in games but if your only trying to run multiple monitors then a simple 6450 would do the trick, you are going to have to buy a DVI to HDMI adapter to output 2 HDMI.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:48 AM

thanks for the reply. The card you have linked to is onl;y for 2 monitors, so I wouldn't be able to run all 3 with that card.

This setup is for a virtual pin table and needs quite a bit of power, both processing and graphics. (absolute min of quad core 3.2 ghz processor!) So i am gaming, and at quite a high fps rate!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:57 PM

"quite a high fps rate!" Achieving high FPS requires a graphics card that is far more powerful then the GT630 in games. I'm not sure what you mean by "virtual pin table".

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

: This will show you a virtual pin table if you are interested.

I know several people who use a GT630 with the latest games releases, and they swear by them, but I am going back to theshop tomorrow to change the cards. Thanks for your input!

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:24 AM

Chances are that the games that are played are probably not set to the maximum graphics settings and are not at a high resolution(1920 x 1080+). The GT630 was never meant to be a mid or high range card, it can play games but just at a lower graphics settings. The cards you should have a look at is the 7870, 7950 or the 660TI which all 3 perform nicely in games.

Edited by killerx525, 24 October 2012 - 12:25 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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