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post #1 of 13
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So I got my second MSI GTX560TI Twin Frozr II today, and I was really looking forward to some SLI action, but when I set up both cards, I can't get past the first screen that tells me to press F8 to go to BIOS. I can't access Windows Security Mode or anything, only BIOS. After that it reboots and does the same for an endless loop.

I can confirm that both cards are working as I have tried them both. It's not a defect powercable either, as I have tried all of them on one GPU and they seem to work fine.

I have also tried the bottom PCIE slot, and it works as well.

Any ideas on what might be wrong?

The rest of my specs: (Copypasta from another forum)
[OS: Win7 x64 Ult] [CPU: Intel I52500k] [MOBO: Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z] [RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB]
[GPU: MSI GTX560Ti TwinFrozr II] [SSD: Crucial C300 60GB] [CASE: Fractal Design ARC Mini]

Also, to confirm that the two GPUs are infact the same, I took these screens from nVidia control panel:



post #2 of 13
By bottom PCIe slot, do you mean the one where the second card would normally go? I'm a little confused there.

I would try running a single card in the second PCIe slot and see how it handles.

Maybe it's a defective SLI bridge?
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Doubt it's the bridge as it's only required to run SLI correctly, having separate cards shouldn't matter. But if running SLI then both should be in slots 1 and 3 respectively.

What power supply are you using? If both cards function on thier own, then maybe you don't have enough juice to run two at a time.
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2 things I want to ask about this -

1. Are you up to date with your BIOS ?

2. What PSU are you running?


It does sound like a motherboard issues rather than a GPU issue as you have stated both work fine individually. Have you checked the manual as to what it says in regards to running two nvidia cards by chance?
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the motherboard supports x8/x8 SLI

did you uninstall the nvidia drivers before you shut down to install 2nd card?
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I would uninstall Nvidia drivers first
Install both cards
Boot

if it fails
I would reset Cmos
reinstall the SLI bridge
check power cables

if it fails
I test a higher capacity power supply first
then I would try to run both cards in a friends rig
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Talon95 View Post

By bottom PCIe slot, do you mean the one where the second card would normally go? I'm a little confused there.
I would try running a single card in the second PCIe slot and see how it handles.
Maybe it's a defective SLI bridge?

I only have two PCIE slots on my board, so yeah, the top one and the bottom one. Running a single card works fine in both slots.

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Originally Posted by Aesir View Post

Doubt it's the bridge as it's only required to run SLI correctly, having separate cards shouldn't matter. But if running SLI then both should be in slots 1 and 3 respectively.
What power supply are you using? If both cards function on thier own, then maybe you don't have enough juice to run two at a time.

I'm actually using a Silver Power 750W SP-SS750M. It should be good enough. I have also tried powering the second card with an external PSU, no change.

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2 things I want to ask about this -
1. Are you up to date with your BIOS ?
2. What PSU are you running?
It does sound like a motherboard issues rather than a GPU issue as you have stated both work fine individually. Have you checked the manual as to what it says in regards to running two nvidia cards by chance?
1. Yep, updates yesterday.
2. Look above.

I am starting to think it is a mobo issue. The manual says nothing special about running SLI other than how to plug in the cards.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtbiker033 View Post

the motherboard supports x8/x8 SLI
did you uninstall the nvidia drivers before you shut down to install 2nd card?
I tried uninstalling the drivers now, no change.

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Originally Posted by Abs.exe View Post

I would uninstall Nvidia drivers first
Install both cards
Boot
if it fails
I would reset Cmos
reinstall the SLI bridge
check power cables
if it fails
I test a higher capacity power supply first
then I would try to run both cards in a friends rig

I did this, no change.

Gonna try to run both cards in a friend's rig as soon as I can. I'll let you guys know if I see any progress.
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Yeah, that seems like a good idea smile.gif I think it has something to do with the motherboard.
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Yea 750 watts is definitely enough, sounds like your motherboard is messing something up, might try clearing the bios.
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post #10 of 13
This was a year and a half ago so bare with me. I had a MSI motherboard and installed two 560ti twin frozr II golden editions. I was having the same problem. In the bios I upped the voltage going to the pci slots and then it worked fine. I can't remember the details and I have a completely different system now so I can't check my settings to see but look in the bios and see if you have that ability, it worked for me.
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