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so iv never really got to far into graphics cards but whats the difference between CrossFire and SLI and what do they do?
    
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Very simply put, putting 2 or more cards together to work in sync to produce higher graphic performance.
SLI is the technical term for Nvidia and Crossfire is for AMD/ATI.
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Pretty much the same thing/idea just a different name for different companies (as mentioned previously). The idea being that the two cards act as one, doing calculations in parallel, rather than acting as two separate cards.
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Very simply put, putting 2 or more cards together to work in sync to produce higher graphic performance.
SLI is the technical term for Nvidia and Crossfire is for AMD/ATI.
this.

running sli or crossfire is similar(in a way) to the way dual channeled memory works. Its primary usage is for gaming, as it increase frame rates substantially. However not all games support sli or crossfire, although most do.

It is also used alot for folding@home. However f@h doesnt really take advantage of sli, but rather you have to run two seperate instances of the f@h program, 1 for each video card.
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Thanks guys, I was pretty close I always figured that SLI was running more than one card that acts as if it is One card for better performance, thank you for clarifying +REP
    
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