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Geforce 8800GT SLI and 3 monitors ...

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September 27, 2008 10:47:43 AM

Hi All

Im wanting to move up to three monitor display for my current setup, and was wondering what the best way to go for this is.

Currently Im running:
Gainward Bliss 8800GT 512Mb PCIE-2
Gigabyte X38-DQ6 Mobo
Q6600 CPU
4Gig RAM

My mobo has another PCI-E 2 slot, so if I SLI up another 8800GT can I then run 3 monitors off that setup?

Also, regarding compatability, can I run any 8800GT (it doesnt need to be Gainward) in SLI? They always lower themselves to lowest clock speed, if I understand rightly ....

Thanks a lot
Nick
September 27, 2008 10:50:47 AM

Dude you cant go SLI on a Intel Chipset. So check that....

And it would be esier to just get a double gpu card. such as the 9800 GX2...
September 27, 2008 11:09:57 AM

Ah yeah of course .... I forgot I had a crossfire board ....

So in that case can I just add another graphics card into the other PCI-E 2 slot and plug in a monitor .... and are there any limitations to this? Sorry for fairly newbie questions, Ive been out of the updating world for a while.

Basically I want 3 monitors .... thats the main consideration (without loosing performance). Could I get 2 crossfire GPU's?

Cheers
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September 27, 2008 12:36:44 PM

Basically with 2 8800GT on a Intel board you will be able to run 4 monitors. SLI isn't required for this, its a OS level feature. However I'd recommend dual 4870 or 4850 in Crossfire. That way for general use you can have up to 4 monitors but when gaming only the primary monitor wil be active with both GPUs powering it.
September 27, 2008 1:21:10 PM

You cannot run more than one monitor in sli/cf mode, regardless of motherboard. To do so, you have to run them separately, which means having the performance of only one 8800gt, instead of 2 in sli. There are atypical single cards that support 3-4 monitors, like this 3870x2, but they're rare though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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