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February 20, 2011 12:24:20 PM

Hello, at the moment I'm running 2 XFX GeFORCE 9600GSO 768MB DDR2 Fatality cards.I have room for a third card but I'm having know luck finding one.Have found the same XFX card but it's not the Fatality model.Would it work in a 3-Way SLI setup and would it be worth it graphics wise.I'm using a ANTEC 1000 W

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a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2011 3:43:26 PM

You wouldn't have a problem with the PSU handling it, but you may not get the results you want. Going from 2 to 3 cards in SLI won't change much for you. SLI has quickly diminishing effects. It's not recommended you use more than two cards especially on lower end cards like your 9600GSO's. You'd be better to save the money for a new card.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
February 20, 2011 3:47:51 PM

The 9600GSO's are not 3-way SLi enabled.
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February 22, 2011 4:54:03 PM

sell both and get a gts 450 or hd 5700 series card.
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February 22, 2011 6:25:07 PM

GRANDAD64 said:
Hello, at the moment I'm running 2 XFX GeFORCE 9600GSO 768MB DDR2 Fatality cards.I have room for a third card but I'm having know luck finding one.Have found the same XFX card but it's not the Fatality model.Would it work in a 3-Way SLI setup and would it be worth it graphics wise.I'm using a ANTEC 1000 W


Thank's for your replies lads.I'm just going to put the cards into my wife's machine and get myself a single card this time.I had been looking at an EVGA 460 OR 470 .You seem to be getting a decent warranty if you register within 30 days.I'm a retired DeepSea fisherman so I don't have loads of cash (around about £180). I've been playing games for well over 30 years now and have built all my own machines.The machine I use at the moment a X-CLIO WINDTUNNEL full tower-AMD AM2 Athlon 64bit X2 dual core 6000+-4gb DDR2-ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe Motherboard-22inch Samsung 3D Monitor and the two XFX Cards.I use two small 80 Gb hard drives with an O/S on each(Win XP Pro and Win 7 64bit home Premium)Two external 500gb drives hold most of the games I play.The machine is mainly for gaming and although a bit dated, has served me well. Have just completed Dead Space 2 and have played most of last years hits.Three son's two grandsons who are all gamers,and buy most of the games we play.Once again many thanks for taking the time to answer and oldie.Best wishes Grandad John 25/12/46
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a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 8:06:34 PM

GRANDAD64 said:
I use two small 80 Gb hard drives with an O/S on each(Win XP Pro and Win 7 64bit home Premium)Two external 500gb drives hold most of the games I play.The machine is mainly for gaming and although a bit dated, has served me well.

Are you playing games from an external hard drive? I hope those are ESATA or USB 3.0, because anything slower could create a real bottleneck. I can't imagine trying to game from a USB 2.0 external drive.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 8:14:38 PM

Mousemonkey said:
The 9600GSO's are not 3-way SLi enabled.


Most are not however don't forget that Asus made one model that allowed for three way. It was available in normal retail such as Newegg during late 2008 through early 2009 and it is possible that others may have also done a three way model as well. The difference between two way and three way is all in the pcb and drivers. The cores them selves could support quad sli at the hardware level.

If it only has one connector then you are stuck with only two way.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 8:16:34 PM

Don't waste your time playing games off external drives and storage unless you absolutely need portability. Performance isn't going to be kind unless USB 3.0 or eSata.
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March 4, 2011 12:02:37 PM

Best answer selected by GRANDAD64.
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March 4, 2011 1:45:44 PM

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GTX470 is too strong of a card for the Athlon 64x2 6000+ (3.0 or 3.1GHz) versions doesn't matter..
GTX470 and GTX560Ti are basically the same price currently.
I have a slightly different version of your motherboard, I know it well.
Upgrading that processor is a recommended move..!
That board can run the latest processors with BIOS update.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition (3.0GHz/3.4GHz) Deneb
ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI mATX
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B - AS5 thermal compound
4GB kit (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2 1066MHz memory module 5-6-6@2.10V
MSI N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
WD Raptor 160GB Raptor 10K WD1600ADFD SATA Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.09 300GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
SAMSUNG BLU-RAY COMBO 8X BLACK BD ROM/DVD WRITER


Thanks for your advice,I've decided to forgo the new cards at the moment, and go with a new CPU.I can't really complain about the cards and have had them for over a year now.I've played a lot of the latest games on high settings without any problems so I'll make do for the moment.I have sent for a Phenom Black Edition and 4Gb of new memory.Somebody on the forum said the XFX GSO Fatality cards would not run in a 3 Way SLI Mode.well I E-Mailed the XFX website and the reply was that it wouldn't be a problem,that's if I could find one.Somebody else made a comment about wasting my time playing games from external hard drives.I've been doing this for some time now without any problems(Dragon Age-Fallout 3-FONV-BlachOps and have just finished Dead Space 2 in 3D)At 64 I don't intend to waste time.All I know about computers,which isn't a lot,is mostly self taught,but I just love gaming.Once again thank you for your time and I hope I can can call on you again,if ever the need arrises.Best wishes from Grandad John in Buckie NE Scotland
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a c 271 U Graphics card
March 4, 2011 5:51:35 PM

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