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Ok so I've just got my hands on a second GTX 260 card. They are both the same manufacturer, but with different clock speeds and a few more stream processors:

Zotac GTX 260 (216) AMP^2 edition
Zotac GTX 260 (192)

They're both hooked up in, power cables and all.

Does this menu in Nvidia Control Panel look correct to you:


*the reason i share this picture with you is because I havn't done SLi in a while and it was different when I did it with an older version of nvidia control panel ( i had 2x8500GT, epic fail). To me it seems that the second card is only allowed to be used for physx as opposed to helping the other one with textures and the like.

I ran Battlefield Bad Company 2 with high hopes of a fps increase however the fps seems pretty much the same. Also I can fiddle with any amount of the settings for detail, and resolution and still get a miserablely low fps in the region of 30 to 50. average of 40.

Does this seem correct? Does my system have a bottleneck or do I need more up to date drivers? Or both!

Spec:

Q6600 CPU
2GB 800Mhz RAM
XFX 680i SLi motherboard
4 hard drives blah blah
650W modular PSU

Running vista ultimate

Any ideas?
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I am running a very similar setup to you, yes SLI is enabled, though you have set it so the secondary card does the physx (which is how mine is set).

You really need to overclock that CPU to show better results in BC2.
 
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post #3 of 10
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Set it to physx as in on the drop down menu or tick the 'dedicate to physx' check box?
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post #4 of 10
Leave it on auto...

To the post above (although I lol'd) its not exactly helping the OP... People need to learn from somewhere.
 
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*sigh* I do rather fail at overclocking.

Any good guides for a overclock for a novice on the Q6600?
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Nothing to worry about, that all looks perfect, don't change anything

EDIT: On BFBC2, CPU power/speed is pretty important. Depending on your settings, there will be parts of that game that might exhibit signs of cpu BN w/those GPU's and that CPU at stock, yes.

Are you having these FPS issues on SP or MP? If it's MP, try SP and see if it helps. If it does, then it seems logical to conclude that it's the nature of playing over the internet with lots of players that is (at least indirectly, perhaps through increasing CPU duties?) responsible for the problem.
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Are you using a stock intel fan? If so, I would not go much higher than 2.8ghz. Clean your fan and heatsink and put some new paste on it. Clock it at 2.8 and raise your voltage .125 until you boot. Then start running Prime 95 and Real Temp until you are stable.

or

Get a new heatsink. I bet you could grab a good one for 30 bucks. Hyper 212+ is on sale at Micro Center for 29 bucks. You could get above 3.5 on air I believe.
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I have an arctic freezer extreme:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176158

I will get back to you with the singleplayer/multiplayer results and see.
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Quote:
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Are you using a stock intel fan? If so, I would not go much higher than 2.8ghz. Clean your fan and heatsink and put some new paste on it. Change your multiplier to 28 and raise your voltage .125 until you boot. Then start running Prime 95 and Real Temp until you are stable.


He is not overclocking a SB CPU....

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Here, let me fix that. lol
 
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