View Full Version : Somebody Clarify!!
07-07-2008, 06:18 AM
Ok, So my card
has 2 GPU's, yet it uses 1 PCI-E x16 slot, now I heard from someone that my card is technically an SLI card since there are basically 2 cards linked together. However, all the data goes to one slot, so I would think it would'nt be SLI since only 1 slot is being used. Basically what I'm saying is in a game with SLI support (I.E Crysis) the card is being used to it full potential, but in non-SLI supporting game, only half the card is being used? I don't know if this is true, someone know what the answer to this?.
07-07-2008, 08:26 AM
you got it exactly right. Thats an all in one SLI package. One card gets 8 pci-e lanes, the other gets the other 8 availble ones.
07-07-2008, 08:50 AM
Damn, no wonder why my card runs slower in some games. I guess its time to make the push toward a X-38 bored, and a 4870 :) .
Anyone know if they already make a waterblock for the 4870?
07-07-2008, 08:24 PM
A waterblock that goes on the HD 3870 , should go on the HD 4800 cards aswell .
07-08-2008, 05:31 AM
Do you got a site you can give me? I'm thinking an X-38 Bored($220), 2GB of 1066mhz DDR2 RAM ($100), and a ATI 4870 ($300), plus the waterblock which I hope is'nt much.
07-09-2008, 09:55 PM
but in non-SLI supporting game, only half the card is being used?
What game is this? Is it old school?
The 9800GX2 is physically like 2 cards but don't applications view it as one. The SLI is done onboard the card isn't it? In the Nvidia Control Panel do you have to enable SLI or does it even give you the option? If it doesn't give you the option then that would mean that it is always in SLI. But using the same Single PCI-Express Lane.
07-10-2008, 12:28 AM
Dont sell that. There's absolutely no reason to. It technically is and Internal SLI, but that makes absolutely no difference to you. It runs as if it was one single card. The only difference is that if you bought another one it doesn't scale as well as a truly-2 card set up.
So to answer your question, its a dual GPU, SINGLE CARD, graphics card. Both GPUs will run at all times unless it is on a game so old that you wont need 2 anyways.
07-10-2008, 05:49 AM
Yeaa its OLD school games that run awful on this card (I.E Red Alert 2). And it does give me the option of low power mode, which is ecentially shuting off the non-domennite card. I guess I'll stick with the card, i don't have the money right now anyway.
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