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I currently have a GeForce 9800 GTX by BFG Tech, (got scammed on ebay too, paid for a GTX+ and didn't notice till three months later it was just a standard GTX. I'm an idiot !!!! lol)... So I just ordered a BFG Tech 9800 GTX+, so I know there is some physical differences like 45nm TDP or something like that from what I've been reading in the 9800 GTX+ versus some stock overclocking and overclocking potential..

Long story short and without a rant...

Can I 2-way SLI these cards since they're the same manufacturer only a slight difference in specs?

I was thinking of running the GTX + as the main slot for the card, and the stock GTX on the bottom PCI-E slot.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks

The base GTX that I have right now just runs way too hot even at idle with auto fan settings it hits 65 degrees celsius and my cooling is pretty decent seeing as how all other devices are 35 celsius or below.
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edit: nm, I am wrong, you can SLI them.
 
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Thanks for the help! I just repped you up
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I thought you couldn't because of the different architectures, then I looked it up really quick and you can. So bam, have fun. lol.
 
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thanks, that really makes my night that much brighter. I was so peeved yesterday finding out I got ripped off on eBay from three months ago after the dude was like super nice helping me clear up some concerns I had about the functionality of the item, i.e the heat levels... And then as I'm getting ready to order the new card, I see that the board is blue... And I'm like, wait a minute... My board is green... And then I noticed that mine doesn't say GTX+ and the design is a little different.
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My last rig had two PNY XLR8 9800gtx in sli and it was a beastly rig almost 4 years ago. I would think two 9800gtx's in slightly is more less equal to a single 560ti. How much are you paying for the second card?
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I paid 75 for it, however I paid 20 for two 4-pin to 6-pin connectors. The only downside now I realize is I don't have enough 4 pin connectors to use the adapters.. I'm going to have to get a couple of Y-Splitters for 4-pin haha.. Too many damn wires in my case.


EDIT: I noticed a very very small, like, 2-pin plug, almost as small as what you'd plug the power/reset switch and hdd led's and everything in the motherboard on the side of these two cards... What are they?

EDIT #2: I was looking at the cards again and I am curious to know, do I need TWO SLI bridges? Or just one? It looks like I need two in comparison to the 7600 series cards.... I'm gonna crap brix if I do because I only ordered one.. .frown.gif
Edited by DragonLord3688 - 3/12/12 at 5:28pm
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Nope one standard SLI bridge will do just fine.

How many watts is your powersupply?
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Originally Posted by DragonLord3688 View Post

The base GTX that I have right now just runs way too hot even at idle with auto fan settings it hits 65 degrees celsius and my cooling is pretty decent seeing as how all other devices are 35 celsius or below.

I don't see any problem in the card hitting 65C. These things can withstand 100C.
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Nope one standard SLI bridge will do just fine.
How many watts is your powersupply?

But is there any benefits/differences of having two bridges? like more shared resources or transfer rates of processing or something? my PSU is 500w I run three hard drives, an optical drive, one fan, forget the mm rating, but its the largest it fits on the back, only a 2 pin fan, and two, 80mm, i think, fans powered by two pin molex on the front...

@wong: The problem was, when playing skyrim for like... 45 minutes with the side panel ON, the temps would hit about 100C and start running the cooling fan at 100% and really made me nervous lol.
Edited by DragonLord3688 - 3/13/12 at 8:42am
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