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What is and does SLI and Corssfire.... <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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please explain simple... those big review's about it are not simple to understand :O<br />
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because i'm getting a new mobo soon and i see everyone talking about SLI and Crossfire... i like to know what to get exactly <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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Btw i was thinking about getting this:<br />
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- DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D - actife cooling<br />
- Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - passive cooling<br />
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any comments are welcome ! <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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My preference is with the DFI.<br />
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What GPU's do you wish to run ?
 

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SLi and Crossfire is basically running two video cards at the same time to boost performance mostly at higher resolutions I am with Above DFI basically has Crossfire and SLi Nailed down. so what you need is 2 Sli/CF ready video cards and a SLi/CF ready mobo. and your ready to go, but first you need to decide if your gonna go ATi or nVidia
 

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<a href="http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html" target="_blank">http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html</a><br />
<a href="http://www.ati.com/technology/crossfire/overview.html" target="_blank">http://www.ati.com/technology/crossfire/overview.html</a>
 

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I'm going Nvidia.... But what you guys say is SLI and Crossfire is only interesting when you are gonna use 2 GFX cards ?
 

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<b>Here is a shot and sweet explanantion.</b> SLI and CROSSFIRE is the ability to run Multiple GPU'S ( Graphic cards ) together.<br><br><b>SLI</b> is Nvidia's Multi GPU technology<br><b>CROSSFIRE</b> is ATI'S Multi GPU technology.<br><br>
They may have different names but the both do the same thing.<br><br>
When you are running either SLI or Crossfire each card will do 50% of the screen so that the Processing load is shared between both cards alowing for better performance. Not only this but have 2 x GPU's power dedicated to gaming boosts performance in games and graphical accleration alot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm going Nvidia.... But what you guys say is SLI and Crossfire is only interesting when you are gonna use 2 GFX cards ?</div>
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an SLI or crossfire capable motherboard is only useful if you plan on having two graphics cards and running them in SLI or crossfire. read the websites of both companies. and if you run top end cards in either one, it's really only useful if you have a massive monitor.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>Here is a shot and sweet explanantion.</b> SLI and CROSSFIRE is the ability to run Multiple GPU'S ( Graphic cards ) together.<br><br><b>SLI</b> is Nvidia's Multi GPU technology<br><b>CROSSFIRE</b> is ATI'S Multi GPU technology.<br><br>
They may have different names but the both do the same thing.<br><br>
When you are running either SLI or Crossfire each card will do 50% of the screen so that the Processing load is shared between both cards alowing for better performance. Not only this but have 2 x GPU's power dedicated to gaming boosts performance in games and graphical accleration alot.</div>
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but that needs 2 PCI-E GFX cards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> i really don't need that cause with 1 good GFX card you can run the newest game smoothly without problems... and is the SLI and Crossfire not an server dedicated thing ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">
 

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Enterprise got it spot on.<br><br>
But although your using 2 GPU's it wont mean twice the fps. SLi or Crossfire is only worth it if you are using a massive monitor. (1600x1200 or bigger)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but that needs 2 PCI-E GFX cards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> i really don't need that cause with 1 goo GFX card you can run the newest game smoothly without problems... is the SLI and Crossfire not an server dedicated thing ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"></div>
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READ THE GUIDES. SLI and CF are technologies that allow TWO graphics cards to render simultaneously. if you are going for one card, then don't go SLI or CF ready, get a better OC'ing mobo.<br><br><a href="http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html" target="_blank">http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html</a><br><a href="http://www.ati.com/technology/crossfire/overview.html" target="_blank">http://www.ati.com/technology/crossfire/overview.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">is the SLI and Crossfire not an server dedicated thing ? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"></div>
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No.<br><br>
Just because you dont plan on using SLi or CF, i wouldnt say 'dont buy an SLi mobo!'<br><br>
The mobos that support SLi and Crossfire are just overall generally better mobo's. (note: 'generally better'. Not omg SLi r teh 1337)
 

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Ok have to think about this... don't have a hugh budget and i'm running games with an sh**** leadtek 256 MB card and that goes without any problems.... (play all games with 1600x1200). then the question is... what is cheaper to do to get the best performance ? Get an SLI/Crossfire mobo with 2 cheap 256 MB GFX cards or an Normal mobo with 1 Good GFX card ?
 

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but then again, if i would get an SLI/CF mobo then i already have 1 and always could get an second GFX later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> ok decicion made !
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but then again, if i would get an SLI/CF mobo then i already have 1 and always could get an second GFX later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> ok decicion made !</div>
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That's what I did. I have one 7900gt on my ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe board and a 7950GX2 on my M2N32-SLI Deluxe board. When the cards get cheaper, I will make them SLI.... or not. At least it's an option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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