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ivj
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2005-11-09T15:51:11Z
Ok currently I'm running a 3 monitor setup: 2 off 6600 GT and 1 of some old PCI Matrox.

I'm planning to upgrade to 2x7800 GT and I'm pretty sure they'll have 4 DVI connectors. Now if I have those 2 card, will I be able to use all 3 monitors like I do now?

I heard you can't use them while you're playing games in SLI, but I only need 1 monitor when playing in SLI, so that wouldn't be an issue. Anybody knows?

Thanks!
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Elsparrow
2005-11-09T16:14:19Z
No you can only run dual monitor off SLI as I am aware.
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2005-11-09T16:23:19Z
Umm that's some pretty crappy news.. anyone can second that?
Marco C
2005-11-09T17:48:45Z
No, that's not correct. You can run up to four monitors off of a pair of GeForce 7800 GTX cards as long as SLI is disabled. When SLI is disabled, the two GTX cards will act on their own just like any other two graphics cards. When SLI is enabled, however, only the main monitor will display any images.
Elsparrow
2005-11-09T17:53:06Z
Ah ok I was slightly off then.

Thanks for clearing that up seeing as I got it wrong
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2005-11-09T21:06:08Z
Do you need to mess with hardware when you want to enable Sli? I want to switch between working and playing without taking apart my beautiful computer.
InfinityzeN
2005-11-09T21:44:35Z
All depends on your motherboard. Some of the ones with the new NF4x16 chipset can be switched in BIOS or even from in windows with a reboot. Most NF4 boards though require a hardware card to be flipped, so you gotta open the case.
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2005-11-10T00:07:45Z
Jesus that is retarded, makes me not want to go SLI...

So the best solution out there is some new motherboard where you'll have to reboot your comp? Heh, I guess gaming big time is worth the extra minute or two... Any idea what those motherboards are?
Elsparrow
2005-11-10T03:20:31Z
I know Asus use software within windows where you can switch it off and on just like that. I just can't remember which board it is.
Marco C
2005-11-11T11:11:14Z
No, No, No...wrong again. If you're running two graphics cards, the transposer card on the motherboard will not have to be changed at all. The first time you set it up, you flip the transposer card for dual-graphics, and then you just leave it.

To enabled / disable SLI, it's simply a switch in the drivers. You won't have to touch your hardware at all.
Elsparrow
2005-11-11T12:46:31Z
You talking to me?

Cos I just said that Asus use a software to enable/disable SLI nothing about the transposer cards.