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SLI: To be or not to be


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I've got an SLI-capable motherboard, as well as an SLI capable graphic card. It's an Asus 7100GS (Yes, I know - why am I bothering to ask?!). I've been offered another Asus 7100GS [EXACTLY] the same as the card I've got - for £20. Would it be worthwhile getting the other card and running the two 7100GS' as SLI or not - ie. would there be much of a graphic performance using the two cards as SLI?
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For £20 you can't really go wrong. It will enhance the graphics slightly, but they are pretty low spec cards anyway, so don't expect anything durrastic. I'd personally do it though.
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Thanks:)

I presume two(or even one) would have better performance than a PCI FX 5200 - simply because the PCI bus speed is much slower therefore the graphic capability cannot be half as 'fast'
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Just one would be much faster but two really wouldn't be so much faster to be worth anything its just too slow to do much really its a slow card.
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I think you will find a SLI setup to be quite hard to dial-in for any benefits over a single card. The games are not designed to run on dual cards so there is no programming to take advantage of it. The price is right but you will need to run testing software like sandra and passmark to get the best from the cards.

http://reviews.cnet....-5020816-2.html

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They are right. You will not see a performance increase hardly at all but its up to you. Im sure you wouldnt even notice the difference if you had two 7100GS's in SLI VS one 7100GS because the card is already slow as is.. You might find it just a hair better performance but lets get real it will not majorly boost your fps or performance.

On the really fast expensive video cards, if you run SLI you can get maybe UP TO 15-20% better performance (versus a single card of the same exact type) at MOST on Certain games not all games because all games are coded differently and on different game engines.


I would say that two 7100GS's would give you MAYBE UP TO 5% better performance on games versus one 7100GS, and that is not a noticable difference at all.. Your eye wont really be able to tell the difference in my opinion because those cards are slow.


Im just trying to get the point across. I try to tell people that SLI doesnt mean you can Double your performance as that is total BULL.. (Not talking about you) just telling you about personal up close experiences with people.
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