I purchased my computer last year with the intentions of eventually picking up a second 9600gt when the prices were lower to keep it running at the top of its game longer. It came with a P5NE-SLI motherboard, a NZYT PP-600 power supply and an EVGA e-geforce 9600gt (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130360)
I got the card today and installed them as the motherboard manual says to. The motherboard directions had me swap a card called the ASUS EZ selector card that I guess acts as a switch. I followed the instructions and flipped it around without any trouble. I switched the position of my old card with the new one because a cable on my motherboard prevented the galaxy card from fitting in the second PCI slot (labled PCIEX16_2 on my motherboard).
Next I put on the SLI connector and plugged the power cables into the card and booted the computer. The problem is that the computer doesnt seem to detect the EVGA card now (its in the PCIEX16_2 slot) and when I booted the computer the box didnt pop up asking me about enabling SLI. I went to the section of the options that should have the checkbox but it wasnt there.
I dont know how to fix the problem. the galaxy card came with an overclocking program so I tried to underclock the galaxy card to be the same as the EVGA card and rebooted the computer but that didnt help.
The only part of the directions that wasnt 100% clear was the section describing putting the cards in place and installing the SLI connector. Heres the instructions the manual had:
1. Prepare two graphics cards. Each graphics card should have goldfingers for the SLI connector.
2. Remove the metal bracket covers opposite the two PCI express x16 slots
My only problem was number 2. Im assuming the two metal bracket covers opposite the two pci express x16 slots are the pieces of metal on the tower where the plugs go out on the back but the images in the manual describing installation dont show a tower.
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get this working? thanks.
what i think the manual means by number 2 is to remove the metal expansion slot covers from the back of the case before installing the card which is common sense lol. One thing to try is to get a program called cpuz if you dont already and it will tell you if you have the two cards in and functuioning. But you need to explain this passage a little better "I got the card today and installed them as the motherboard manual says to. The motherboard directions had me swap a card called the ASUS EZ selector card that I guess acts as a switch. I followed the instructions and flipped it around without any trouble. I switched the position of my old card with the new one because a cable on my motherboard prevented the galaxy card from fitting in the second PCI slot (labled PCIEX16_2 on my motherboard)."So you put the original card on the bottom pcie slot and the new one in the top slot? it really shouldnt make a difference becuase now sli doesnt care what the cards clocks are they will run at their own frequency. Also explain the oart about the cable on ur board prevented the card from fitting? do u mean power connector? Pretty much if u have both cards plugged into the board with power connectors in and the sli bridge on it should work. Explain yourself a little better and maybe we can figure it out.
The new galaxy card is in the first slot and the old EVGA card is in the second slot now.
The Galaxy card is rectangular and there is a SATA cable that connected to the motherboard under the second slot. Since the EVGA card is curved it allowed just enough room to fit it in the second slot. Right now my dvi cable is attached to the galaxy card in the top slot. I think the power cables are hooked up right because the fans on both cards are running. the sli connector should be hooked up fine too. It would be hard to mess that up. Ill reboot and check that and try the dvi cable on the bottom card.