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General Question's about dual video cards

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February 14, 2012 9:23:36 AM

I am using a Powercooler HD 6950 unlocked to a 6970.


I guess i have a question about dual graphics in general. Can i have to graphics to power one monitor for superb game play?

Or is dual graphics only for more then one monitor.

Im sorry for being an idiot i just want the answer clarified.

Also, for dual video card's, do i need an exact copy of mine or can i use a different HD 6950 like an Asus 6950.

I know ill need a new board because my board has two PCI-E slot's but one is 4x and the other is 16x.

Also would a 700w psu supply two video card's? or should i go higher?

Thats all i need to know, i appreciate all your help in advance.
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February 14, 2012 9:36:27 AM

Your motherboard is fine. Most motherboards are 16x and 8x or 4x, you wouldnt notice a difference. You can crossfire 2 6950s as long as they are both the same VRAM size and what not. Youll probably have to unlock the 2nd card or run the first one as a 6950. Its kinda useless tho for resolutions 1080p and under cept for a very few games. If you run a 6950 2gb and 6950 1gb itll only see the 1gb size and assume both are 1gb.
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February 14, 2012 10:06:15 AM

My 6950 is 2gb

so if i add a second card, will it give me extra gpu power on one monitor?
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a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2012 10:33:47 AM

basic rules about the Crossfire, both cards must be same model, if you got 2 6950 yes you can do Crossfire, now, if one is 1gb, BOTH will be running at 1GB, but since you are using only one monitor more than 2x 1gb is not necessary...

If you use one card on a slot 4x you will YES lost performance, and a lot, here you can look at some graphics:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/pci-express-scaling-p67-c...

about the PSU, what is the psu brand? if it is a good brand you can go for SLI, but some psus say that have 700w but under stress they can't go over 500w, so you must first see some reviews about your psu before Crossfiring with this one, i'd say you can do it but it is very risk.

basically yes, the performace will be higher ifyour resolution is 1080p or less, more than 1gb Vram will not be noticable, but with 2 cards in SLI yes, you will get a good performance boost
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February 14, 2012 11:01:25 AM

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February 14, 2012 11:23:11 AM

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