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post #11 of 48
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well i do have four pci x16 slots. wat if i just put the first card in the rightmost slot and the second card in the left most. that way there would be plenty of space

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Edited by intex - 6/2/11 at 3:25pm
post #12 of 48
I may be talking out my behind now, but I think it's best if you put them both in slots of thesame color.

Also, reconsider the purchase of a second 460, BFBC2 does suffer a lot from microstutter on dual-GPU set-ups, and if BF3 is based on the BC2 engine, which is not entirely unlikely... It's not going to make the game run better at all.

Consider a better single card to replace the 460.

But that's just my two cents!
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I may be talking out my behind now, but I think it's best if you put them both in slots of thesame color.

Also, reconsider the purchase of a second 460, BFBC2 does suffer a lot from microstutter on dual-GPU set-ups, and if BF3 is based on the BC2 engine, which is not entirely unlikely... It's not going to make the game run better at all.

Consider a better single card to replace the 460.

But that's just my two cents!
No. Your entire post if FUD as far as I'm concerned.

First of all, no, BF3 will use Frostbite 2.0 (BFBC2 uses FB 1.5, and 2.0 is ground-up new). Also, there's NO microstutter with SLI 460s in BFBC2. Can't speak for multi card AMD setups, but mine is perfect.

OP: Don't worry about "smothering" your cards. They won't get that warm (even with a sound card pressed against my bottom card, I hit ~71C in bfbc2, the top card actually ran warmer despite having more clearance. This is due to the top card having a higher VID). Unless they're the External Exhaust versions - they're quiet in SLI. This is provided you have decent case airflow, because they do produce a fair amount of heat.
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post #14 of 48
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thanks insanity! +rep for all that posted good feedback so far. here is what i was talking about with separating my cards from eachother. i would put each card in one of the slots i circled. this would leave plenty of space. here is pic

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edit: yes that would be ideal. but if ur bottom slot is any lower than x8 i wouldn't consider it since perf would drop.
you can always put the 2nd card on the last pci-e slot. how fast is that slot? i presume it's at x4. if it's at x8, you're good

putting 2 cards against each other will increase temps horribly. up mine 20 C when i have it that way. and the fan sounds like a jet. plus u won't be doing any overclocking at all if u have taht kinda set up. i know i couldn't.
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ahh there is only one slot in between x16 slots. my x16 slots are circled in red here. and my x8 slots are in green. i dont have any x4 slots.

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purfecto
plug primary card into red slot on the right.
plug second card into green slot on the left.
enjoy SLI performance with single card temperatures
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is the x8 slot going to hinder performance at all though?
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only very slightly, few fps, probably less than 3-4
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is the x8 slot going to hinder performance at all though?
about 1%
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