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Few questions about a new card

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October 5, 2010 6:42:55 PM

1st question, will I be able to use 3 Nvidia 9600 GSO 384mb's in SLI with my asus p6t SE, Two are asus, and the other is an xfx.
2nd question, how powerful in comparison to a single card would they be? (I wanna make sure im not wasting any money)
3rd question, will I need to worry about temps, running them next to each other?
Final question, will a Corsair 650TX (watt) be enough for them all? Bearing in mind I have a I7 920

Thanks for your time. :bounce: 

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October 5, 2010 7:11:04 PM

You need a stronger PSU for 3. Yes, heat will be a problem. Yes, you can mix vendors. 3 vs. 1? You won't see a 300% increase, but for games that scale well with SLI, you will see substantial gains (triple digit is conceivable).

So, if you are considering this config, why not a more modern GPU like a 460 or higher?
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October 5, 2010 7:23:07 PM

ct1615 said:
the 650TX can run 3 x 9600GSOs easily. The cards barely draw power even though they have a 6-pin connector.

The recommendation was based on 3 GPUs that generate more heat, thus making the PSU work harder. Harder working and hotter PSUs are less efficient and generally have a shorter lifespan. If the overall system has good airflow, temps are kept in check, and the system isn't being overclosked (CPU or GPU), the 650TX will suffice. Change any of these factors and a stronger solution is recommended.
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October 5, 2010 7:41:01 PM

Did anyone miss the fact that the 9600GSO only has one SLI finger and thus you can only run two in SLI? Now you can have two in SLI and run the third as a PhysX card, but not all three of them in three way SLI. Also, the third PCI-E slot on that ASUS board is limited to 4x which is not great for 3-way SLI.

The 9600GSO 192-bit is a good little budget card and scales well in SLI so long as you're using the SLI connector. 128-bit version of the card is much crappier though. You need to be aware that there are two versions of the 9600GSO card, and that one is based on the G92 chip (the 192-bit version), and compares well to the 9600GT while the other is based on a crippled G94 chip and offers much lower performance.
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October 5, 2010 7:48:45 PM

megamanx00 said:
Did anyone miss the fact that the 9600GSO only has one SLI finger and thus you can only run two in SLI? Now you can have two in SLI and run the third as a PhysX card, but not all three of them in three way SLI. Also, the third PCI-E slot on that ASUS board is limited to 4x which is not great for 3-way SLI.

The 9600GSO 192-bit is a good little budget card and scales well in SLI so long as you're using the SLI connector. 128-bit version of the card is much crappier though. You need to be aware that there are two versions of the 9600GSO card, and that one is based on the G92 chip (the 192-bit version), and compares well to the 9600GT while the other is based on a crippled G94 chip and offers much lower performance.

megamanx00 is spot on. Thanks for schooling me! The 3 card solution proposed is certainly limited to 2 in SLI and 1 for PhysX. I think I need more coffee to be more alert.
October 5, 2010 8:16:12 PM

Corsair 650 Tx is enough but ...why are you geting 3 VGAs ..they are low GPU ....you think more cards are better ? no ... there is SINGLE 1Gb VGA card which can handle anything ... like ATI 5850 or GT460 ...BUT 9600GSO wont give u the power that you want ..even if you get 3 of them .. because each of them are BAD & old cards .
October 6, 2010 2:30:10 PM

thanks. Its just that I already have a 9600 GSO and i'd like to save money.

Thinking of getting a GTS 450 anyway. And yeah the card stays cool even though ive overclocked it to the point of being equal to a 9800
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October 6, 2010 2:46:40 PM

You could add the 450 now, use your 9600 as a PhysX card and probably top the performance of your SLI 9600 solution. You would then be able to drop in another 450 later if you wanted. Good luck!
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October 8, 2010 1:50:03 PM

^+1

Would save you money and increase performance.