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#1 Klinkaroo

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 04:54 PM

I was thinking I already know how to have two monitors hookup to a computer with a Graphics card with two outputs but I was wondering with those new mother boards with two pci-e ports if I hook up two Graphics cards with two outputs would that mean I could have 4 monitors? I know that when SLI is enabled that you can only have one. If this is possible how would you have to set the mobo?

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 12:18 AM

it appears that you have answered your question. once you nitialize the other card, you have both cards running tandem. one looks after the top half of your display, the other the bottom
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 01:23 AM

What I want to know is if I can run two cards at the same time without running SLI or Crossfire

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 02:36 AM

I think you can yes.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 12:22 PM

Cause I was reading something that the PCI-E 16x well when you have two cards connected they become like two PCI-E 8x... or something like that too.

Will that affect performance?

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 01:22 PM

no, your pci bus runs at 16x, so if you have 2 cards running, (one running graphix on top, the other bottom) each runs at 8x.
it uses the same principal as dual cpu's. called load balancing.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 03:40 PM

Ok thanks for the help

But if I want to run sli I have to put the little chip in and if I don't do I have to take the chip out? or can I just change it in the settings?

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 07:04 PM

for that answer my friend, you should consult your manual. or check on-line.
i know for my board>asus a8n-sli deluxe, if i want sli, i have to set to auto, or sli, in bios, flip my sli chip on my board, and have the latest nvidia driver build dl'ed
if you need more advise, tell me your mobo model, ill look it up.
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