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Hey folks! I know, I know....I used to be an ATI fanboy, but now that I've been on the forum for a while, I've learned neither manufacturer is better really...just had to get that out before i said that i got 2 used 7800GTX cards and i want to run them in SLI

I've never run two cards before, and might need some help. I have here before me...

Two BFG Tech 7800GTX's with an Accelero X1 cooler on each. Also have the SLI bridge for the two cards as well as a DVI to VGA connector. Both of the cards have dual DVI output, but my CRT only supports VGA....

Here is what i need to know:

1. What is the best driver for these cards? I have the latest driver off Nvidia.com's download section, but i seem to have heard there are better custom ones out there.

2. Besides the SLI bridge, do i need to do anything else to enable SLI?

3. Which card do i hook my screen up to??

Anything else you can tell me to help me out would be great

I'm about to go hook these babies up after i get some replies!
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Oh, one more thing i want to add....I know ATI people use ATITool to overclock and do some advanced settings, so what to Nvidia users use? Thanks!
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1. I would stick to the latest nvidia drivers unless you have a problem with them
2. I have a card in my mobo that i have to switch around to enable sli.
3. The first card or master will be the one to hook it up to.
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You can use ATItool if you want, everyone has their own preference.
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Nvidia users can also you ATItool, or nTune. The bridge is the only thing needed to use sli, but you also need to enable SLI in the nvidia control panel. Not sure which drivers are the best, try the latest ones. Plug your monitor into the first card (top one i think). You can change this in the BIOS too i think
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1. What is the best driver for these cards? I have the latest driver off Nvidia.com's download section, but i seem to have heard there are better custom ones out there. **I would use the newest ones

2. Besides the SLI bridge, do i need to do anything else to enable SLI?

***I think only on some mobo's that you enable in the bios. Mine doe's not
3. Which card do i hook my screen up to??

The top one

Anything else you can tell me to help me out would be great

Remember that you do need to enable SLI in the Nvidia Control Panel This will also come up at the bottom right of the screen as soon as you intall drivers and then reboot
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Don't forget the EZ-Plug on your board, for SLI, the molex on the board somewhere.
Atitool or Rivatuner will be fine for Oc'ing.

Also, what speed will your slots run at in SLI, x8?
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Don't forget the EZ-Plug on your board, for SLI, the molex on the board somewhere.
What is that?
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What is that?
The molex in the link, additional power for SLI.

http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?im...pfMV85X2wuanBn
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post #10 of 55
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Originally Posted by grunion View Post
Don't forget the EZ-Plug on your board, for SLI, the molex on the board somewhere.
Atitool or Rivatuner will be fine for Oc'ing.

Also, what speed will your slots run at in SLI, x8?
What is this ez plug ? Are you referring to the SLI bridge or is there something else?

As for the slots...i dunno...i know one card was x 16....
I really dunno...i am dumb when it comes to this stuff LOL
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