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Hi,
I recently purchased another GTX 580 to go SLI with my current 580 on my computer setup in my sig. I also purchased a Samsung 27" 120 Hz monitor as well. I installed the gfx card into the second pci3 3.0 slot and connected the SLI bridge. The issue i have is when i enter into windows, and go into NVCP, there is not an option that says "enable SLI" like I've seen before on previous SLi setups ive had, but there was a "maximise 3D performance" which when selected says that the two cards are in SLI. So i enabled that mode, but when I try to open things in Windows, the screen goes black and it says the graphics driver failed or something. I have disabled this 3d maximise thing and so far I have not had an issue. I was wondering is there something special I need to setup with 3D 120hz monitors to get SLI working properly? Ive never used a 120hz monitor before so any help is appreciated.
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I would sweep and reinstall the drivers. You shouldn't have to do anything special with that monitor

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I don't own two yet but am heading down the same path as soon as pricing goes down when AMD releases their next gen cards in a couple weeks. I'm getting excited myself.

I'm going to assume you've got the latest drivers from Nvidia. I stay away from beta drivers personally. I don't get paid to test developmental firmware. wink.gif

Also you should down load the SLI Enhancement Patch from EVGA once you get it up and running.

Here is a thread in EVGA Forum that explains how to enalbe SLI step by step set up.

Hope that thread does it for you. It even shows step by step to set up 3D settings. Let us know if you succeed.

I just love my first ever Nvidia and EVGA wubsmiley.gif GTX 580 since January 15, 2011. So much, I'm going to get a second to power house my sig rigs graphic rendering until Maxwell in 2013. thumb.gif
     
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thanks i used the step by step guide but no dice, still freezing as soon as any thing graphically intensive is put on. I disabled SLI and it actually still happens Going to try and see if just having 1 card works. It says in the toolbar when it crashes that the display driver failed though, whether that means something...
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First thing's first, since you say you are getting freezing, I would disable any overclocking. More often then not, a seemingly stable overclock with a single GPU ends up being unstable as soon as new piece of hardware is introduced. The usual culprit is more than likely RAM timings/settings related. Some people have had luck enabling XMP if your RAM supports it.

If you still experience problems with stock clocks, you could try reseating both cards and make sure everything is lined up correctly and tight in there. Make sure that the SLI bridge is seated properly and tight as well. Often when I do my maintenance, it takes me a few tries some times to get SLI working again (it was worse with three GPU's). I have had times where even screwing the card in place may slightly move the card out of place where it is not properly detected. redface.gif

If the reseating does not work, try taking the new card and putting it into the first slot (assuming the new card was in your second PCIe slot). Test to make sure the new card is working fine and if it is, then we can breathe a sigh of relief and put in the older card into the second PCIe slot. Again, double check your SLI bridge.

If that does not get SLI working properly, I would first try to see if you can get another SLI bridge.

If a new bridge still has the same issues, try your GPU's in someone else's machine. If it works there, it might be your motherboard having a bad PCIe slot, which may require an RMA. frown.gif

Hopefully it doesn't get this far down the list. Best of luck! thumb.gif
     
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^^^Good steps to try there! Also make sure you install the driver for your Sammy monitor. Mine wouldn't produce 120Hz until I installed the driver for it...
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You also have to select 120hz in the nvidia options window.

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You also have to select 120hz in the nvidia options window.
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Actually mine wouldn't show 120Hz in the NVCP until I had changed the refresh rate under the screen resolution advanced settings on the desktop...
post #9 of 9
Maybe try setting 60hz and see if you can enable SLI like that? I'm about to get my second 580 on friday, this will be my first time trying SLi with 120hz as well so we'll see what happens.
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