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post #21 of 1985
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Have you tried playing with the SLI profiles or installing older drivers?
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post #22 of 1985
I created a thread for my issue. Most of the details were already posted there. Thanks!
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post #23 of 1985
It works great on Windows 7 x64 with the latest 196.xx drivers. So far I tested GRID and no problems, GPU usage between 40 to 50 percent. I ordered SLI bridge on ebay last night since I did not have one.
post #24 of 1985
how was the performance without the bridge?
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post #25 of 1985
to my understanding, Playing without the bridge would be like adding a physics card...
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post #26 of 1985
Is this approved by NVIDIA? If not, why is this on OCN?
 
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post #27 of 1985
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to my understanding, Playing without the bridge would be like adding a physics card...
That is not true. I can fully utilize both cores while playing Grid but I get a message I should connect the cards via bridge to improve the performance. So it works just like a regular SLI. SLI is a software thing, not a hardware one.
post #28 of 1985
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Is this approved by NVIDIA? If not, why is this on OCN?
I do not think approval by Nvidia is required....
post #29 of 1985
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I do not think approval by Nvidia is required....

Does licensing ring any bells? You know, there is a reason why some motherboards do not have SLI certification. Price! Adding SLI will increase their price ... to add SLI they need NVIDIA certification, which of course is not free. So showing how to make SLI work on a non sli motherboard is simply an act of piracy.

My mobo is only CFX certified. There is a BIOS out there that will make it SLI compatible but Gigabyte was very adamant about people using that BIOS on this model. If problems arise on the mobo, warranty will be voided. Once using a BIOS that is intended for a different mobo in a different price range you will breach the contract between you and the manufacturer.
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post #30 of 1985
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Is this approved by NVIDIA? If not, why is this on OCN?
Because the SLI function is apparently something that is only software level, and can be unlocked on any board with multiple PCIe slots. I mean, do you think AMD, ATI, nVidia or Intel supports us overclocking? Is the unlocking of an extra core on an AMD processor piracy, because you're getting something that was never intended to be there in the first place?
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