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    Default Re: Video card recommendation

    just gpu.its shared across 2/3 gpus instead of just one,just like quad core cpu and single core cpu
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    Default Re: Video card recommendation

    The GTX 550 Ti looks like a decent budget gaming card.
    With one card already installed, upgrading to an SLI setup will require you to install a second version of the Nvidia drivers for the new card. You can run the Nvidia Control Panel to confirm that SLI is enabled. The Nvidia driver version that comes with your new video card will not be the most recent version. You should download the latest drivers for your operating system from What's New - GeForce. You can find the SLI FAQ at the Geforce web site. The basic requirements for adding a second card is that both cards MUST be from the same gpu family (e.g. 550 Ti) and both cards must have the same amount of memory.

    Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Review: Bridging The Budget Gap : Nature Abhors A Vacuum is a detailed 550 Ti review that is worth checking out.
    The attached picture shows the improvement with an SLI setup when running Just Cause2. SLI performance will probably be about 50% higher and the improved performance will vary with each game.

    In MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results, I have performed several single card and SLI graphics benchmarks.

    Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Video Cards & Video Devices, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, $100 - $200, fermi shows a list of Nvidia Fermi cards in the $100 - $200 price range. For a small price increase, the 550 Ti is significantly better than the older GTX 450 cards.

    If you buy an EVGA video card, make sure to register it within 30 days of the purchase date. Check out their web site for more information. EVGA and MSI have excellent support forums. Other manufacturers might also have good support forums. Check it out before you buy.

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