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SLI Nvidia help

By monk89
Aug 18, 2009
  1. Ok i have a novatech's own (i assume overclocked) nvidea 9500 with 1gb memory,
    but it has a huge heatsink that kinda takes up the space for the second card on my motherboard
    now novatech make the exact same card i have installed with out the heatsink
    ,it has a fan /heat sink combo,
    that would allow me to fit a second now the price is only 44 uk pounds for the single card so i am willing to pay for 2 but i wouldnt know how to install a new card from scratch so was wondering as its the same brand /make/memory as i have installed and working just with out the heatsink

    would i be able to just unplug and replace it with the new cooled unit or is that a stupid question???
     
  2. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    ive been looking and this is the only pic i can find of my card not same manufacturer but same heatsink and size

    web-systems.co.uk/?page=Products&pid=4435

    and this is the one i would like to just be able to replace with no install if posible as i said may be a stupid question but it is the same in every way clock speed ect

    novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/Graphics-Nvidia/Nvidia9500Series/Novatech/9500GT1GB.html

    i cant post links for one more post lol so add ww w . to the front
     
  3. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    another thought if i were to move my current g card down a slot i would be able to fit the new smaller one on top so if i did that would i need to install or as its the same card could i just unplug and fit to the other slot
    and then add the second later
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    9500 1gb is an ill performer, its probably much easier getting a good graphics card.

    But yes, if you have the slots, you can re-arange them to your liking. You will need an SLI cable.
     
  5. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    i can rearrange with no need for reinstall ?
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Well you do have to reinstall the card if thats what you mean, to use it anyway. There isn't anything you would have to do software wise except enable SLI and stuff, that should be easy and I think it is automatic too.
     
  7. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    ok thanks for your help in your opinion what out there would be better in sli than the with 95001gb that would be better
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi Monk,
    im not sure i understand your question, but i will try. if you want to run SLI you can move the cards around so they fit. as long as they are the same model (cooling solutions don't matter) you can run them in sli. if you were asking if you can remove the gigantic passive heatsink on the one card and replace it with a active heatsink fan combo, the answer is yes, they are removable/replaceable.
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    almosy anything LOL just kidding.
    a pair of 8800 gt's would be a rather powerful set
     
  10. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    yeah i want to add a second 9500 as i cant quite peak some of my games ie oblivion and fall out 3 and cod 4

    how hard would it be to replace the cooling on the current card then red , is it all basic click connection or is there major wireing involved first time ive had my machine open rly all ive done is add ram ive read up on attatching a second card and that using sli it doesnt need major installing just turning on so to speak
     
  11. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    not hard at all, unplug the fan connector. on the top of the card (the side without the heatsink) there are 4 screws. remove them and the heatsink comes off ( make sure you gradually twist the assembly back and forth to break the thermal compound loose) do not pull straight up! clean up the old thermal compound completely, apply new compound and set the HS/F assembly down. put the screws back in and plug the fans electrical connector back in.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    all you need is a 512Mb card 1gb on a card of that capability is useless 1gb of vram is only usefull on the high end cards.
     
  14. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    as i said no experiance at all in side my machine i understood all but the thermal compound some kind of glue ?
     
  15. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    would dual cards improve my graphics or not for 40 quid i want to if its gonna allow me to max the games i have including the new wolf in 2 days :)
     
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    thermal compound is a conductive paste that goes between the Heatsink and the Graphis processing chip it is cooling. it makes sure that the heat sink makes good contact with the GPU and fills any scratches or irregularities on either surface.
     
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    it would, but IMO it would make more sense to just get 1 8800 gt or 1 9800 gt.That would out perform your dual 9500 gt's . what resolution are you gaming at?
     
  18. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    1400 900 mainly 1200 ish on though some games wont accept 1400 so i pick closest
     
  19. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    so u think getting a single 9800 would improve my gaming more than installing another 9500 or i should get a 9800 and add to the 9500 as its a sli compatable ive read it should be ok
     
  20. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    the latter would mean id be asking for your help when i replace the cooling on the current or move it to the lower g slot
     
  21. monk89

    monk89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    a 9800 gt would get you 'everything on max' at that res yes. and thats okay, glad to help :)
     
  23. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    1 9800 gt is better than 2 9500 gts in sli yes heck you can get a 9600 gt for around $80 on newegg.
     
  24. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Remember your power supply will have to be more powerful!
     
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