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This thread is meant to educate people on the possible problems of SLI/Crossfire setups and dual GPU graphics cards. Please post ANY problems or issues you are or have experienced in the past. This isn't an AMD vs Nvidia thread, it's meant to help users decide whether to go multi-gpu or not. Thanks! smile.gif

I'll go first.




Video card: EVGA GTX 590

Problem:

  • Stuttering in Unigine Heaven (pause, start, pause, start, pause, start throughout entire benchmark)
  • Stuttering in Modern Warfare 2 (same as above, despite FPS being in the several hundreds)
  • Microstuttering in Metro 2033 (FPS in the high 30s, felt like in the mid teens)
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Video card: Gigabyte 6950 Crossfire

Problem:

BSOD 116 when using CF and full screen for some games. Doesn't do it when Crossfire disabled or if I run windowed with Crossfire enabled.
post #3 of 12
GTX 295:

Stuttering in most games which allow for SLI. Instead of a nice even 60 fps for instance, it will very rhythmically go 58 62 52 60 58 62 52 60 58 62 52 60 which makes it look significantly worse than it it were to just stay at one stable fps... even if it was only 50fps.

Unbalanced heat distribution (as in one "card" will be sitting in the 60s and the other in the 40s on the same game) - terrible for overclocking.

F@H hates it to no end.

Occasionally one of the two "cards" will die on me and refuse to restart, resulting in 1/2 fps until reboot.

Screen flashing in several games (most notably BF3 and BFBC2).


9800GX2:

Heat, heat, more heat, heat and some more heat. It was simply a chain reaction of overheating and crashing, rebooting nvidia drivers, overheating the other half, crashing and rebooting again... you get the point.

TERRIBLE non-sli performance. I'm talking 30fps in Guild Wars when my previous card (ati 1950) was getting 150.
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Bump again.

Guys, we need your opinions on this.
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post #6 of 12
Maybe people are not really having much trouble ?
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GTX 465

Modern Warfare 3 (high FPS and Low Ping yet giant lag every few seconds) Runs fine on one card
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6990+6970, No problems at all.

only had to reseat the 6990 in the pci-e slot cause it wasnt working at x16, but that was my own fault.
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dual 5850's that perform flawless in any game except for BF3..

for some odd reason i cannot get both cards to function properly in BF3, using a single cards yields better results than CF. I have tried every driver/cap that is compatible with my cards and nothing has worked to this date mad.gif

the game just overall lags in CF, if anyone has the same issue as me please post a possible fix, anything at this point is appreciated smile.gif
    
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