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I'm new to multiple graphics cards, can someone help?

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June 2, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Hello, I'm fairly new to all this computer stuff and I would just like to know something. If I have dual graphics cards (for example two GTX 600 Ti's) and one monitor, how will the monitor get the performance of both graphics cards? Does the SLI link make it so that one output (e.g DVI) has the power of both cards because they are linked? I am not sure, can someone please tell me?
a c 169 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 2, 2013 11:02:15 AM

The monitor doesn't get anything. The game gets the performance.
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June 2, 2013 11:02:40 AM

Yes, when you install multiple GPU's and then connect them together via SLI bridge or X-Fire bridge, all the processing power, memory etc and now linked to each other. All you have to do is plug the monitor into the card that is in the first pci-e slot to get your display working.
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June 2, 2013 11:17:10 AM

CrushIce said:
Yes, when you install multiple GPU's and then connect them together via SLI bridge or X-Fire bridge, all the processing power, memory etc and now linked to each other. All you have to do is plug the monitor into the card that is in the first pci-e slot to get your display working.


So the first GPU output will have the power of the second gpu as well, right?

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a c 169 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 2, 2013 11:20:26 AM

Read my previous post. Your monitor doesn't control the quality; it's the game. The game looks choppy if your graphics card is insufficient at playing it. It's not the monitor's fault.
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June 2, 2013 11:20:56 AM

Pentagonal said:
So the first GPU output will have the power of the second gpu as well, right?


Correct, as long as that SLI/X-fire bridge is connected.
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June 2, 2013 11:22:24 AM

ksham said:
Read my previous post. Your monitor doesn't control the quality; it's the game. The game looks choppy if your graphics card is insufficient at playing it. It's not the monitor's fault.


Read the OP's first post, he's not asking about SLI performance, he's asking on how to setup SLI/X-fire. You are giving answers to a wrong question.

EDIT: If I am in the wrong then I want to apologize beforehand.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
June 2, 2013 11:48:15 AM

I am aware of that. But the monitor doesn't get any performance increase by adding multiple GPUs. Some cards can power up to 3-6 monitors by itself. The quality displayed on the monitor in terms of gaming isn't in the GPU itself. It's the game. OP doesn't understand that; hence why OP is asking.
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