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Windows 7: SLI or Crossfire on win7

20 Sep 2009   #1
Jester45

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
SLI or Crossfire on win7

So, i'm looking to build a new system as my current is quite old. My current card is a ATI radeon 3600HD 512mb agp so pretty much any new pcie card would be an improvement. Im trying to keep expandability in mind because I don't upgrade too often and i'm a broke student so spending $1200 every 3 months on the newest isn't an option. The motherboard im looking at is Asus P6T Motherboard - at TigerDirect.com

Which brand offers better performance for dual gps?
Are there any problems with those cards are win7 currently?
What I've heard is that crossfire is more flexible with the cards you can use together but would this really matter if im going to buy the 2nd a month or 2 after the first?


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20 Sep 2009   #2
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Well currently I have yet been able to get my 2 9800gt's to run in SLI in win7, and as far as I know neither has anybldy else. If someone reads this and says I'm running nvidia in sli please let me know what you did. As far a ATI I wouldn't know.
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20 Sep 2009   #3
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

I have mine running in 7 but I have ATI, sorry.
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20 Sep 2009   #4
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I tell ya I have teid so many different things and then I read on a forum that windows isn't going tosupport SLi in seven but I just can't belive that, wish I would have kept the htttp of the forum. fabe
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20 Sep 2009   #5
Zahl

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Both SLI and CF should run just fine on windows 7, Vista, and XP. What it comes down to is personal preference. I like nvidia drivers a little more and they are faster to release dual card profiles for new games. I also like the whole physx thing.
Just pick up the cards you like the most and you should have no problems running two of them.
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20 Sep 2009   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
Which brand offers better performance for dual gps?
Are there any problems with those cards are win7 currently?
What I've heard is that crossfire is more flexible with the cards you can use together but would this really matter if im going to buy the 2nd a month or 2 after the first?
1) I don't know which has better dual gps, but the NVidia 3 series will just beat out any dual gps for its price.
2) There are problems with cards, but most are caused by bad drivers, bad hardware, bad OS, or incompatibilities.
3) I have not heard much about Crossfire, except most that used it switched to SLI at their next upgrade. This only matters if you want to use two cards. They both need to be the same card, and SLI capable. You will also need the cable and a compatible motherboard (and other hardware).

~Lordbob
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21 Sep 2009   #7
chrisf8657

Win7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I have used only a few ATI cards, mostly NVIDIA.
I can tell you tho I would prefer NVIDIA, because they release Beta & WHQL driver updates far faster than ATI, plus like Zahl said, they get on the ball with Dual card profiles for newer games soon after they come out.

Just my .02
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21 Sep 2009   #8
Jester45

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

sorry for the long reply time. I guess ill be looking into getting a nvidia card and once i have the money for a 2nd sli should be all fixed.
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