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Windows 7: Please give me your thoughts !

25 Sep 2010   #1
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Please give me your thoughts !

I understand that with most mobo's you must have identical graphics cards to properly run a SLI set up. But I learn that new chips are allowing you to mix and match graphics cards to sum the two. These chips (Lucid) either on the mobo or now on the graphics cards allow ATI and Nvidia to play nice as well as the afore mentioned dissimilar cards.
My GPU is currently a BFG 260 GTX oc and I would like to add a second but I'm not feeling the love as they say with BFG pulling its self from the GPU domain. So I see this Lucid chip as a real help. Can anyone give me some advice as to whats out there or coming soon that will best allow me to get a SLI or similar effect without sourcing a second new/used BFG 260 GTX oc card. (all my system specs are listed below and I'm waiting for a new 1050 watt PSU to arrive anyday)(one other thing I also have a BFG GT9500 sitting idle currently)

Thanks in advance,
The Cheese


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25 Sep 2010   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Rather than hoping for a good result from a Lucid Hydra based motherboard, you could get a second 260 from a different maker.

See nVidia's SLI FAQ:

FAQ

The claim is that you can mix and match cards with the same GPU but from different makers if you use version 180 or later of the drivers.

Even without that, it's likely that the BFG card is based on the nVidia reference design. You could flash it with the firmware from a different make of card. As your warranty is already toast, you don't need to worry about invalidating it. The relevant utility is nvflash.
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25 Sep 2010   #3
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

bobkn,
Thanks for the info. So a second 260 GTX from any manufacturer could work with the latest driver updates which I always try to stay on top of. Are there any cards with the Lucid Hydra chip on them as I'm hearing some good things for mix and match coming down the pike?
Overclock3D :: Article :: Lucid Chips on Graphics Cards? :: Rumour Mill in Overdrive

Cheers,
The Cheese
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