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Need a Computer Guru's Help

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by 3dsignco, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. 3dsignco

    3dsignco Active Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    I just ordered a Cintiq and started looking at my Computer for the Setup. I already have a dual monitor setup so I was going to add another PCI express Card so I could run 3 monitors and the Cintiq for a quad setup but I am a little confused about the Motherboard specs/setup.

    It says...
    "2 x PCIe X 16 slot, supports two PCI-Express interface Graphics cards with SLI mode "

    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Product...rd&ProductID=1898&ProductName=GA-8N-SLI Royal

    I already have an ATI x700 in one of the slots can I just buy another x700 and run it in the second slot or do I have to buy the special SLI Video cards to run these in series.
    I do have a normal PCI 256 meg Video card that I could just plug in to the standard PCI Slot but I am leary that may dog my system with a Bottleneck.
    Any Help would Appriciated
  2. hydo1

    hydo1 Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong (I don't have hands on experience with SLI) but it looks like the video cards have to support SLI to utilize it.
  3. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    SLI is for Nvidia based cards. ATI has it called Crossfire.
  4. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    Your ATI card has support for dual monitor setup. I dont know if you can just add another video card and slap on more monitors (i doubt it). but it will not be SLI (because thats for Nvidia) and your motherboard does not support Crossfire (neither does your ATI card).
  5. 3dsignco

    3dsignco Active Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Found it.. It was buried in the apendix of my Manual after looking at it 20 times.

    In case you care SLI is Propritiery but it takes a Jumper to Join the 2 cards to activate the SLI otherwise it will work as 2 seperate cards so I can set up a Quad monitor system.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2008
  6. synergy_jim

    synergy_jim Very Active Member


    everything you just said is true.

    you can use 2 cards and run 4 monitors. The only thing having dual SLI cards or Crossfire cards will do is give you 2 GPU's sharing the rendering duties for increased frame rates.

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