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I have 2 8800GTS 640MB in SLI and when I run 3dmark06 it shows one 8800gts and I was just wondering how I can make sure my 3dmark is running and testing both cards because my scores are low.
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Score?
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13k with my processor at 3GHZ and the cards OCED to 660/1010
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n00b question, but have you enabled sli in the nvidia control panel?
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13k with my processor at 3GHZ and the cards OCED to 660/1010
Seems about right, 06 is very CPU dependant.
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n00b question, but have you enabled sli in the nvidia control panel?
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two options to check. 1st get gpu-z and it will show you the sli status. 2nd, in the nvidia control panel, up at the top there are some menus, one of them has an option to show an sli usage indicator. you can use that.
    
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two options to check. 1st get gpu-z and it will show you the sli status. 2nd, in the nvidia control panel, up at the top there are some menus, one of them has an option to show an sli usage indicator. you can use that.

Thanks, everything is fine and it shows both in SLI, I guess my CPU is just not good enough to get above 13k in 3dmark06.
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Thanks, everything is fine and it shows both in SLI, I guess my CPU is just not good enough to get above 13k in 3dmark06.
Well you can always try to overclock your cpu a little and see if the score changes much. Particulary pay attention to the graphics scores and frame rates on individual graphics tests and compare with original OC and with single card. That should tell you something. You can leave the sli indicator on for all tests and see if SLI usage changes (between the two sli test).

One other thing to do is try another benchmark like 3dmark2001 or 3dmark2003. Both are free, scale well with sli and are less cpu bound.

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When applications report the graphics card being used all hey are doing is refering to a line of code in the drivers that idenifies the card. Multiple graphics cards are never reported as "8800GT SLi", or "8800GT x2". At the end of the day it's just a caption on a program form.

If the application has the feature it will have a specific option to show whether Corssfire or SLi is enabled. For example, some games have the option to enable multiple GPU support. If you have two cards running in SLi or Crossfire this option will be available, if not it will be greyed out. A good example would be GPU-Z, if SLi is enabled GPU-Z will report that it is.

You should easily be able to tell if SLi is running based on comparing your 3DMark06 scores with SLi enabled and disabled. Bear in mind that 3DMark06 doesn't see as large a benefit from multipler GPU's as 3DMark03 does though.
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