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post #1 of 10
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Hey all,

Bit of a n00bish Question comin' up I guess...

I'm getting the system in my specs on Tuesday , with one 6800GS...I may get another later on, so my question is:

If I have two monitors connected to one 6800GS, and the cards in SLi mode, would they virtually become two 6800GS in one and their memories combine at 512MB RAM?

Thanks,

Karl
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post #2 of 10
no... it doesn't combine the memory at all. it stays at 256. also you can not have 2 monitors hooked up in SLi mode. only one. SLi basically shares the load of the application between the cards evenly.
post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the speedy reply.

So I can't plug two monitors into one GS, enable SLI but in the config area for the card, set it to one screen?
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post #4 of 10
you can plug in 2 monitors but you wont have SLi enabled. it's just how the function works i guess kinda sucks lol if you do hit SLi Enable it will shut off one of the monitors.
post #5 of 10
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Ok...Kinda confused...Too much excitement I think...

So I can run dual mons. but when I game and hit SLI enable, it will just be as if one monitor is plugged in? And can I choose which?
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post #6 of 10
unfortunately one of the drawbacks of sli... Have you ordered yet? if not, then you should order XFX's 6800GS that has 512mb ram, and then buy a new one later...that will be better.

EDIT: sorry, didnt notice... although im no SLI sleuth i do know that my friend runs SLI with to mons... how i got that i have no idea
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post #7 of 10
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Only ordered one for the time being. Guess I'll see what it's like when I get it on Tuesday
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post #8 of 10
Yeah, to run in SLi mode, there must be one monitor. The 6800GS is a great card overall, especialy when OCed. Good luck with your system.
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Its a great card if its the AGP version which costs more than the PCI-e version. I just bought the pci-e version because i wanted to unlock the extra pipelines and it was a budget system but then i noticed i couldn't. Couldn't u already have 2 monitors in on one card. They have two outports ones an analog and the other one digital but it comes with an adapter that turns the digital one into an analog.
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post #10 of 10
shut up leo...lol. i am skeptical about the ability to only have one monitor wiuth an sli setup...so illl look itno it and get youa link if i find something. -trey
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