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July 29, 2010 6:39:12 PM

i have a gtx260 with 898 mb of memory on it im ordered another one for SLI configuration , here is the question does going sli increase the memory meaning that after doing the SLI would i have 1796 mb of ram or is it gonna stay the same?

thanx in advance.

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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:40:33 PM

The usable memory is still gonna be 898MB. Its gonna show as (898*2)MB though.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:50:08 PM

What Tim's referring to is when you're inspecting how much video RAM your computer has from within windows, it'll still show 898, but it's 898x2 because each card has that much to spare.

In reality, yes you have 1796 mb of total video ram.

Edit: Correct me if I'm wrong, I hate being presumptuous!
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July 29, 2010 6:53:30 PM

well , thanx guys for the quick response but im not realy asking about how the windows is going to show it , what i mean is physical memory would it be the double ?
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:54:30 PM

Video RAM, yes you would have double.

System RAM is different (I'm pretty sure you're aware of this).

Edit: Note that you would have increased ram for increased processing. Higher resolutions can still give issues because each video card is still trying to process a higher resolution image with higher end graphics. If you really want a higher resolution, you should probably grab 1gb per card. However, if you're just looking for increased performance at something like 1680x1050 or 1920x1080, then you should be OK.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:54:52 PM

borisof007 said:
What Tim's referring to is when you're inspecting how much video RAM your computer has from within windows, it'll still show 898, but it's 898x2 because each card has that much to spare.

In reality, yes you have 1796 mb of total video ram.

Edit: Correct me if I'm wrong, I hate being presumptuous!

You don't double Vram when SLI though, its like crossfire, the amount useable by games is just the amount on a single card.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:59:03 PM

Right right, and I kinda realized that after I said it, I just didn't word it right.

Adding a second video card doesn't really "increase your video RAM to double for video game's purposes", rather I believe it just "adds a second GPU to do processing" if that makes more sense.

Again, correct me if I'm being retarded.
July 29, 2010 7:01:18 PM

Timop said:
You don't double Vram when SLI though, its like crossfire, the amount useable by games is just the amount on a single card.

this is exactly what i meant , maybe i should have put it that way , so the amount of VRAM used by a game is still gonna be 898 and not the 1976.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 7:03:35 PM

Yep
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