Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:52 PM
well, AMD (ATI) does have more leeway then SLI, with SLI they have to have the exact same GPU and the exact same memory size (well not completly, if you have a 512 meg and a 1 gig card, you can SLI them, but it will only recognize 512 meg on the larger card) and the memory has to be the exact same type.
With AMD, you can use slightly different GPUs, the base has to be the same-hence having to match the first two numbers, however, the GPU speed can differentiate, and unlike NVIDIA, if you have mixed memory, not only will it use it all-both the 512 and 1 gig memory will be used, and you can mix memory types (GDDR3 and GDDR5 for example) so AMD does have a lot more leeway then NVIDIA does. And, if you ask me, better image quality at a better price point then nvidia, however, NVIDIA makes good cards as well. Just use this as a lesson to thoroughly research your hardware before purchasing-that way you don't get nasty little surprises like this.
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
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