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Old 01-27-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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I have just bought parts for a new computer and some of my parts are SLI compatible (motherboard and video card), my memory isnt SLI but i've seen that you can get SLI memory too. How would i go about setting up SLI and what is it? Do i need SLI memory to have SLI?
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SLI is second video card linked together and is used like one

http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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SLI is second video card linked together and is used like one

http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html
Ohh so what is the advantage? whats the difference between having two video cards and two video cards with SLI?
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No, you don't need SLI memory for SLI to work.

Bascially SLI is taking 2 (or three on compatable videocards and motherboards) and hooking them up with a bridge connector (usually provided with the motherboard).

Basically, you just buy a second card with the same core (like 2 8800GTs instead of one 8800 GTS and one 8800GT) and same memory size. Pop them into your computer put on the bridge connector, and maybe update video drivers.
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you will need good psu thoe
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No, you don't need SLI memory for SLI to work.

Bascially SLI is taking 2 (or three on compatable videocards and motherboards) and hooking them up with a bridge connector (usually provided with the motherboard).

Basically, you just buy a second card with the same core (like 2 8800GTs instead of one 8800 GTS and one 8800GT) and same memory size. Pop them into your computer put on the bridge connector, and maybe update video drivers.
So if its 'SLI compatible' it just means that you can bridge two of the same video cards together?
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Pretty much, yes
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you will need good psu thoe
Like an Apevia 680w PSU? (What i ordered)
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if the mobo is SLI Capable that means that its got 2 pce-16 slots and the write chipster for sli
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Pretty much, yes
So normally if its not SLI compatible, you cant install two video cards?
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