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SLI with Sandy Bridge?

post #1 of 11
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Hi there, I have a simple question that I haven't been able to find an answer to:

Does the integrated GPU on Sandy Bridge processors work with a discreet video card in SLI? I believe Crossfire has this functionality, but I'm not sure about SLI.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 11
I seriously doubt it.
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No, if you want SLI you have to get a P67 board and with that you don't get the integrated graphics.
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thank you!
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post #5 of 11
Define "work with".

If you want the integrated GPU to be operable at all, you need a H67 board. To my knowledge, no H67 boards on the market support SLI. (There are several that support CrossFire, but none support SLI). I don't think that it's a limitation of the chipset, it's simply that H67 is a budget chipset and so far no one wanted to make a board with such a luxury feature.

Even if you find a H67 board with SLI support, the onboard GPU will have nothing to do with your SLI cards, it's a completely independent device. What's worse, some reviews say that you can't use it unless it's set as a primary display.
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Thank you all for the explanations. I have another question: would it be best to wait for more sandy bridge CPUs to be released later in the year, or is now an OK time to build?
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post #7 of 11
SB GPU is Intel, SLi is nVidia. That's a bit of a problem, whereas in the Fusion case both are AMD.

Is SB worth it? That depends on you, I upgraded from a Q6600 and haven't thought twice about it. It was well worth it for me. If you wait will better stuff come out? That's a given.
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Thanks guys, so I'm piecing together the build atm and could use feedback. I'm trying to stay around $1,000, but its not a super strict budget. I'll be using it for SC2, WoW, Diablo, and RIFT when it comes out=) also maybe guild wars 2... you get the idea.

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Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67

Video Card: MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

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This will be my first build, so if there are any compatibility issues or features I'm not taking advantage of, please let me know. Also any suggestions are welcome, I need all the help I can get.
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post #9 of 11
There are far cheaper 460s out there and they have more or less the same overclocking headroom (they also run pretty cool and don't necessarily need third party cooler designs) you also don't need a 750W power supply with that setup, a quality 500W would probably suffice. With the money saved try to get an SSD.
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post #10 of 11
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Thanks, could you recommend a better 460 card? Also I like the idea of cutting down on the video card and PSU for an SSD.
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