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9600GT SLi?

post #1 of 6
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Since this is my first post, i would like to take the opportunity to say hello everyone

I have recently upgraded my system, and have purchased a Gainward 9600GT.
Which i may say, iam very pleased with. One of the things i was wondering however, is how difficult it will be to convert into an SLi system? Since i have no experience with SLi at all, is it a similar deal to old style dual processors?
Asin, you need the same types of card, from the same manufacturer and ideally the same batch? or is it simply same type/manu?

Also, i have seen some seperate coolers you can buy for the GPU (the 3rd party 3-in-1 cooler springs to mind) are these worth it? can i get a better overclock with these?
Obviously i replaced the CPU's stock cooler as soon as i could and saw a pretty large difference in cooling performance, so im wondering if this happens with the 3rd party GPU coolers also.

Advice very appreciatively recieved.
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post #2 of 6
Well to run SLI you would need to get an SLI motherboard, preferably a 780i motherboard, just stick away from ASUS for those as they can't seem to make an nvidia chipset motherboard that can really overclock a Quad Core.

You would also need a stronger power supply to run two 9600GTs unless that Coolermaster is better then most cooler masters, I couldn't run SLI 8800GTS's with my old 650Watt Cooler Master but I can with my 500watt Antec, go figure.
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And push that quad farther so there isnt as much of a bottleneck with the sli.
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Yes, i haven't tried pushing this higher than 2.80 just yet, temps were in the mid 50s when its been running some intensive apps for a while.
One of the problems i'll have is that i'll need to upgrade the motherboard, but the price of the motherboard and the second 9600GT would probably equal a fairly beefy single card, although i guess the performance of 2x 9600's would eclipse that?
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post #5 of 6
yea that quad shouldnt bottleneck the 9600GT's. your power supply will be able to handle two 900GT's and a quad all overclocked since they 9600GT's draw so little power. To use Sli ou have to have two same cards such as two 9600GTs. They don't need to have the same speeds, or same manufacturer or same batch. Thye just need to be 900GTs with 512mb of vram. You also need a new motherboard. Get a 780i, the best Sli motherboard out there right now to OC quads stay away from the asus nvidia chipset things since they can't make them properly they only make good intel chipset mobos.
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I just made this step up from a 965p-ds3, it was pretty smooth if you like reinstalling windows . Although the second 9600GT only added 3000 06marks (at 1280x1024). You are only going to see a real gain from it with a 1920x1080+ monitor. My blog has the step by step.
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