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Hey i was just curious to know i currently have 1 GTX480 in my system, and i will be soon purchasing a second one for SLi, my Question is can i use any brand or do they have to be the same in order to have SLi;

i curently have the Asus Geforce ENGTX480, could i install the MSI Geforce GTX480 to have SLi thanks guys
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Quick simple answer...yes you can use any brand as long as it's same type of card...

However, if you use a card with different specifications...example would be having a 2GB card with 600Mhz core clock but you buy a second card with 1GB and 550MHz core clock...you will be using the lower end of the ball in SLI.
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You can use any brand.
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Ideally you would get an identical card to what you have now, but you can mix n' match brands only if the model is the same.

Your limit will be the slowest card
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sure you can..
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yes..although i haven't tried the post#2 scenario..
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yes you can..although i haven't encountered post#2 scenario..
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Hey i was just curious to know i currently have 1 GTX480 in my system, and i will be soon purchasing a second one for SLi, my Question is can i use any brand or do they have to be the same in order to have SLi;

i curently have the Asus Geforce ENGTX480, could i install the MSI Geforce GTX480 to have SLi thanks guys
Asus ENGGTX480 GTX480 has reference specification (700/1401/924) while the MSI GTX480 Lightning is factory-overclocked at (750/1500/1000).

These 2 cards can be SLIed. However, the MSI will downclock to match the speed of the Asus because the pair must work at the same speed.

2 heads up:
a. To overcome the above, you can easily overclock the Asus to match the speed of the MSI by software like Afterburner. Not a big problem.

b. I suggest you install the 2nd card to the bottom (white) PCIEx16 slot of your P6X58D Premium in order to make more breathing room for the top card. You may need to fiddle with the Front Panel connector cables though.
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