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XFX GeForce 6800 XT Extreme Edition 256MB GDDR3 doubling up?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by RichieP, 6 Jul 2006.

  1. RichieP

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    Am I right in saying that I can install 2 of these cards at the same time - motherboard permitting?
    If so is it an easy operation and importantly is it worth it?
    My manual with the current card makes no mention of this?

    Cheers,

    Richard
     
  2. doran1801

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    Joined: 21 Apr 2006

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    Location: Nottingham

    the card you have should have a notch on the front facing side for a sli bridge. If it has not then it is not an sli card, alternatevely you can check your nvidias control panel, it will tell you if your card has sli capabilities or not
     
  3. MeatLoaf

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    Yes the 6800XT is SLI compatable :)
     
  4. RichieP

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    Thanks for that, but would performance improve much and is installation straightforward?
     
  5. MeatLoaf

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    Should give a decent boost, but depending on what its costing you id consider flogging your current 6800XT and putting the cash to a 7600GT or maybe a cheap X1800XT instead. I think the 7600GT may be as quick as 2x6800XTs and the 1800XT is certainly quicker.

    Anyhow, if you do go down the 6800XT route intalling is easy. Depending on what mobo you have just flip the little paddle card on the mobo, or do it in the bios.

    Inert card. boot up, enable SLI,

    Job done :)
     
  6. RichieP

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    Thanks again -

    There seem to be massive price differences in the 1800xt range - any recommendations?

    Cheers
     
  7. MeatLoaf

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    Go for the Connect3D card, only £170 so pretty cheap and a lot better than the 6800XT
     
  8. RichieP

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    Thanks - I'll get onto it now
     
  9. Naffa

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    Just like to compliment MeatLoaf on some quality advice :) [​IMG]
     
  10. MeatLoaf

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    Cheers mate :cool:
     
  11. gtir666

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    Joined: 13 Feb 2006

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    Very good advice, those 6800xt's i consider a rip off compared to the price/performance of slightly dearer cards as meatloaf mentioned :)

    I had a 6800xt 256mb version, it gave less 3dmark06 points than the 6600gt 128mb it replaced :eek: