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Dual pci express question

By Abomination
Jan 9, 2006
  1. Thsi is probably a noob question. Down the track i woukd love to build a powerfull gaming system and notice that quite a few mobo's these days can have 2 or more graphics cards. My question is, do 2 graphics card still only run 1 monitor but with double the speed and performance?
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    There are two pathways to go for running dual graphics cards. SLI and Crossfire. SLI is nvidia's setup, and crossfire is ATI's.

    When you setup dual graphics cards, you CAN hook up more than one monitor if you want to of course, but one of the main reasons for the dual graphics card setups is to increase the gaming performance. It is not anywhere near DOUBLE the speed/performance actually. For the most part it depends which game it is you are talking about. Some are programmed to utilize dual cards, and some are not.

    Here is some good reading on SLI/crossfire: http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/26/nvidia_is_in_the_crossfire/page13.html

    And here are the benchmarks for SLI setups vs. single card:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/12/02/vga_charts_viii/
     
  3. Abomination

    Abomination TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Thanks for that ... will take a look at the links
     
  4. Abomination

    Abomination TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Excellent links and a great read...will have to bookmark toms hardware

    Will say one thing though..looks like i will have to save some pennies or wait for the poularity to increase and the dollars go down
     
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