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December 14, 2010 2:32:20 PM

Right now I have this motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm wondering if there's any way I can run nvidia's SLI using this AMD board. I thought about going with the intel board to run SLI because I use an nvidia card, but the price of intel over AMD is just a little too much for me. So if I can get SLI to run off of my mobo, how would I go about doing that?

Also, if I can't get it to run SLI, why is it not possible?

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December 14, 2010 2:35:18 PM

That board does not support SLI simply because AMD didn't enable it to support SLI.
Moreover SLI does not scale well with AMD boards.
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December 14, 2010 2:57:30 PM

Each manufacturers has their own way to sell their product, this including motherboard. AMD board=only CF, NVIDIA board=only SLI.
Actually, you have a good mobo there, since it's only support CF then go with dual cards if you can't afford a single powerful/expensive card. :) 
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December 14, 2010 8:40:32 PM

Only boards certified as SLI Ready will do Nvidia SLI, regardless of the manufacturer or chipset. Motherboards can only be AMD or Intel. Many Intel boards are not SLI-certified.
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December 14, 2010 8:44:41 PM

17seconds said:
Only boards certified as SLI Ready will do Nvidia SLI, regardless of the manufacturer or chipset. Motherboards can only be AMD or Intel. Many Intel boards are not SLI-certified.


Nope. There's a fair amount of enthusiasts out there using SLI on AMD chipset boards. Just requires a hack that from what I hear isn't too hard at all. And I haven't heard anything about these hacked setups running SLI badly.


And for what it's worth I have an nvidia chipset (nforce 980a) AMD motherboard with SLI, and it scales perfectly with two GTX 570s... for example, 90% in Far Cry 2 and 99% in Stone Giant.
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December 14, 2010 9:56:20 PM

You should get the same results running this "hack" I was looking around for it myself, because I'm looking to buy Nvidia cards on my AMD chipset.

But then again in all possibility with this "hack" it allows any motherboard to run SLI or CF as long as it is physically possible (more then one PSIe slot etc) and should you PSU support x# of cards.
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December 14, 2010 11:19:23 PM

Good riddance, I hate noobs. <_< You can easily just download and enable a hack that I have tested my self on my own amd board. It worked just fine with and without the connector.

http://img525.imageshack.us/f/slix.jpg/
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December 15, 2010 3:16:07 AM

Yeah I've heard of this hack earlier and was asking mostly to hear how well it worked and was hoping that you guys could put out some comparisons between running an SLI setup on an intel board versus a hacked AMD board. I guess what I'd like to know is:

1. Is it easy to find and run the "hack"?

2. Does it have any effect on performance of the SLI setup? (already answered for the most part)

3. Are there consequences for running such a hack? Is it illegal? Can it cause problems in other areas of my system? Void warranties?

If anyone has any more detailed answers for these questions or just other general info about this, please let me know.
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December 15, 2010 12:28:02 PM

Yes it works and there isn't any major issues. Don't worry about legal it is not like they are going to send in the troops and whack you.
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December 15, 2010 12:36:53 PM

There are different versions of it also, some are much easier to use then others.

I know as one example a version edits BIOs related info (but remember doing this is at your own risk)
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December 15, 2010 6:47:28 PM

sowexly said:
There are different versions of it also, some are much easier to use then others.

I know as one example a version edits BIOs related info (but remember doing this is at your own risk)


He/she shouldn't have to do it, mine in non permanent and is os side only. I get an option start up if I want to use it or not before the os fully loads plus it works with vista fairly well.
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December 15, 2010 7:13:44 PM

Indeed you have the version I found :D 
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October 20, 2012 1:38:29 PM

Guys im desperate to find this hack! I have an 890gx Extreme motherboard and two GTX 460'S! Pleasee haha!
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