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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys, I have the EVGA 8800GT SC version, if I want to run SLI, do I have to buy another same card, or can I buy a different brand???
This is the card newegg has onsale right now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...AFC-C8Junction
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post #2 of 15
you can run different brands, just as long as the cards are the same

i.e.
You can't run 8800GT with a 9600GT
But you can run a PNY 8800GT with a Gigabyte 8800GT - as i am

Good luck

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post #3 of 15
You can buy a different brand as long as its the same core (g92).
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post #4 of 15
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Does the EVGA card and the Gigabyte card has the same core? How do I figure out the core version?
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post #5 of 15
They are the same cores I believe, the SC version only means superclocked so I believe the graphics card is overclocked from stock when it is shipped?

Those 2 cards should run fine in SLI.
Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
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post #6 of 15
Different brand. Has to have at least same amount of memory "Discluding 8800GTS 320/640" have to be same bit and you have to have an SLI board and PSU that can run it
post #7 of 15
the clock speeds (factory or OC'd) don't have to be the same either. They will run at the slowest card speed automatically.
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post #8 of 15
so in other words you can, if it is a 512mb 8800GT.

be sure to OC the slower card to your current card's speeds for best performance
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post #9 of 15
in other words you can, if it is a 512mb 8800GT.

be sure to OC the slower card to your current card's speeds (if the card can handle it) for best performance
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post #10 of 15
All truthful replies, but I personally feel safer just purchasing an exactly matched second card.
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