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Hello, I just got my 2nd 8800 in today from TD and was told that as long as I have another 8 series card I should be fine... seems it might be wrong. These are the 2 cards I have:

My new one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...E=WEBLET03SHIP

BIOs on the one above - 62.92.16.00.05

My pre-existing one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?Sku=P450-8808

BIOs on the one above - 62.92.1F.00.90

Will these work properly together? I do have them hooked up together right now and it doesn't seem to be an issue, but I get red flashing outlines on things in 3DMark06 (Un-Registered version)

Is there a way to make the BIOs match? I'm new to the SLI thing, sorry for the dumb questions.
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post #2 of 11
They will work fine

The faster one will downclock to match the exact speed of the slower one.

When you overclock them, they will scale up at matching speeds.

You could use nbitor and a copy of one or the other cards' bios and flash to match exactly but its not important (plus it invalidates the warranty)
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about the red flashing things, make sure the sli bridge is on correctly and tight against the cards.
   
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BIOS difference hasn't matter since the winter of 2006.
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Thanks for all the timely responses.

For some reason when I load Crysis (Just the Demo, haven't purchased it yet) the screen stays black. I'm about to test Age of Conan with this and see what happens.. I'll let you know and maybe you can assist me with the problem.

Before I try this are there any configurations I should change in nTune? I've already enabled the SLI there just curious as to what other things I should look at.
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post #6 of 11
make sure you have current vista drivers.

i assume you connected 6 pin power to both cards

which enermax is it, the infinit?

I'd actually uninstall ntune if i were you. It is fairly unstable.

overclock from bios and overclock video cards using rivatuner
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The forceware drivers are the same ones from nvidias site. 175.16

Yes, the new card that came in had 2x 6 pins so I plugged them both up, and the PSU is the Enermax Liberty.

I'll remove nTune from my computer right now, I have Riva sitting around just not a big fan of it yet. I have to learn more stuff =-\\
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Okay, I ran F.E.A.R. and I get this green bar to the left. It sits vertically and has the letters SLI off to the right side of it at the top and the bar has an animation to it.. not sure how to explain it. Any ideas?
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Originally Posted by CoolerMasterD View Post
Okay, I ran F.E.A.R. and I get this green bar to the left. It sits vertically and has the letters SLI off to the right side of it at the top and the bar has an animation to it.. not sure how to explain it. Any ideas?
It is the SLI Indicator.

Open up NVIDIA Control Panel. It is under one of the options up along the top menu. Disable the SLI Indicator.
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I can't seem to find that option in the nVidia Control Panel.
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