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    Default ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    I have a MSI & Zotac GTX460. They are both identical but i cant enable SLI in the Nvidia control panel. Ive been through countless methods to try and resolves this, which includes different drivers and clean installs of windows etc, and i just wondered if anybody on here had any suggestions ?

    Both cards are working perfectly by themselves, and are seen by the operating system. Ive got the second one doing physX at the moment. I am on the lastest 1.3 BIOS, and have a i5 2300 CPU.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    Is the SLI bridge properly connected on both cards?
    Does windows Device Manager show and problems for each video card?
    Did you perform a second Nvidia driver installation when you installed the second video card?
    For SLI to work, both cards must have the same amount of memory.
    Nvidia Geforce SLI FAQ: SLI - FAQ - GeForce
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    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
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    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    Yeah i installed the SLI bridge that came with the motherboard. Ive also ordered another one off ebay just in case this is faulty, which should come tomorrow.
    Device manager shows no problems and both card work fine by themselves, which i have tested with various stress test programs. And yeah they are both 768mb.
    Ive done countless installations of the Nvidia software. I can only think that either the SLI bridge is faulty, or the graphics card just dont like each other.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    In the Nvidia Control Panel, 3D Settings, do you see an option to Set SLI Configuration?
    I suspect that the mobo SLI bridge might be defective.
    Using different brands of video cards from the same GPU family with identical amounts of video memory should not be a problem.
    Let us know if the new SLI bridge fixes the problem.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    No, i just get the physX option, nothing for SLI. Yeah i think, and hope, your right about the SLI bridge, although it would seem odd that such a simple device could be faulty. I should know tomorrow so ill let you know.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    Mine when I connected them recently.The sli bridge wasnt fully seated.
    Its the one that came with the mbrd yes?
    Rock it by hand .
    Tilt it towards the front of the pc or back with the pc going see if you get a message that sli has been detected.Its unlikey to be faulty the bridge I mean. I had to move mine a little even while the pc was running to get the right spot :).

    I would have thought a message would show under 3d settings if the card is detected, bridge or no bridge.

    Does your nvid control panel look anything like this?(dont worry bout the speeds).Check the system info as well.There are options at the top of control panel to display sli bar in programs ..or not.ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem-nv1-jpg
    Current Systems:

    Asrock p67 Extreme6.............. Gigabyte EP-45 UD3 ...................... Gigabyte 73 PVM S2
    Intel i5 2500k 4.8ghz................ Intel Q8400 3.8ghz......................... Intel D820 2.8ghz
    Zalman 10x cooler.................... Coolermaster V8............................ HP cooler
    8GB Gskill ripjaw ddr3.............. 4GB Gskill PI ddr2.......................... 4GB samsung ddr2
    60GB ssd/500GB HDD .............. WD 1TB hdd.................................... Seagate 160GB hdd
    GTX 460 1GB x2 SLI ................. Msi 9600GT 512MB(died) ........... Onboard gx
    Win7 64 ,750w psu(ocz)............ Win7 64 ,520w psu,seasonic...... Win XP pro ,400w psu

    HEC 6A34 case . ....................... Jeantec R2 case............................ Packard Bell case

    hoping to upgrade to http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/habicase.shtml
    http://www.flixya.com/video/140325/Animal-launching

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    I have managed to get it to work now actually, with the DifferentSLI hack here,

    SLI with different cards - techPowerUp! Forums

    So it must be that the official drivers see my cards differently, even though they are the same apart from the brand and default clock speed. At least i know my motherboard is okay!.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    Well glad its working.
    They look like the 2nd last nvidia beta drivers.
    Dunno about the different card bit either. I thought yours were both 460's of the same type configuration,you didnt get a 192bit 1gb 460 and pair it with a 256 bit one or anything?or just different brands,like mine.

    Interesting to see a 460 and a 560 working together , but a 560 is just a 460 with a couple more pipes unlocked,not sure about the 560 ti.

    Maybe I could have had a 460 n 560 in sli .. oh well , wouldnt have been worth the risk.
    Current Systems:

    Asrock p67 Extreme6.............. Gigabyte EP-45 UD3 ...................... Gigabyte 73 PVM S2
    Intel i5 2500k 4.8ghz................ Intel Q8400 3.8ghz......................... Intel D820 2.8ghz
    Zalman 10x cooler.................... Coolermaster V8............................ HP cooler
    8GB Gskill ripjaw ddr3.............. 4GB Gskill PI ddr2.......................... 4GB samsung ddr2
    60GB ssd/500GB HDD .............. WD 1TB hdd.................................... Seagate 160GB hdd
    GTX 460 1GB x2 SLI ................. Msi 9600GT 512MB(died) ........... Onboard gx
    Win7 64 ,750w psu(ocz)............ Win7 64 ,520w psu,seasonic...... Win XP pro ,400w psu

    HEC 6A34 case . ....................... Jeantec R2 case............................ Packard Bell case

    hoping to upgrade to http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/habicase.shtml
    http://www.flixya.com/video/140325/Animal-launching

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem

    The cards are both just the same (when i check them in GPU-Z), except for the Device ID. Mayby thats the reason ?, but some people say that it should not matter. Well it doesnt really matter, cause this hack has worked perfectly. Im really impressed with how much bette the awesome Skyrim is.

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    Default Re: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 SLI problem


    Skyrim was part of the reason I went for a second 460 too.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/video-ca...tml#post413081

    + these new 7970's are up to 250 w cards n the good ol(for now) 460 is up to 200w per card.
    Current Systems:

    Asrock p67 Extreme6.............. Gigabyte EP-45 UD3 ...................... Gigabyte 73 PVM S2
    Intel i5 2500k 4.8ghz................ Intel Q8400 3.8ghz......................... Intel D820 2.8ghz
    Zalman 10x cooler.................... Coolermaster V8............................ HP cooler
    8GB Gskill ripjaw ddr3.............. 4GB Gskill PI ddr2.......................... 4GB samsung ddr2
    60GB ssd/500GB HDD .............. WD 1TB hdd.................................... Seagate 160GB hdd
    GTX 460 1GB x2 SLI ................. Msi 9600GT 512MB(died) ........... Onboard gx
    Win7 64 ,750w psu(ocz)............ Win7 64 ,520w psu,seasonic...... Win XP pro ,400w psu

    HEC 6A34 case . ....................... Jeantec R2 case............................ Packard Bell case

    hoping to upgrade to http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/habicase.shtml
    http://www.flixya.com/video/140325/Animal-launching

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