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Old 07-02-09, 05:43 AM   #1
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Question GTX 280 Mixed Vendor SLI

Hi,

Im contemplating using my BFG GEFORCE GTX280 OC in a SLI Configuration with a XFX GEFORCE GTX280 602M. From what I have searched Im pretty sure you can do this, but wondering if anyone has had an experience with Dual Vendor SLI before I make a purchase. Another BFG would set me back 250ish where the XFX is going for 170!

thanks, Lee

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Old 07-02-09, 06:11 AM   #2
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Yes it will work.
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Old 07-02-09, 07:40 AM   #3
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Agreed. I done a number of reviews using mixed-vendor SLI and have yet to encounter a problem. Just make sure that both graphics cards use the same GPU.
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Old 07-02-09, 08:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice guys, feel alot more comfortable ordering the XFX now.

Lee

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Old 07-02-09, 09:11 PM   #5
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Let us know how it works out.
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Old 07-11-09, 11:29 AM   #6
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I've just ordered the xfx to go with my leadtek 280. I do notice that your card is an overclocked version - you might need to make the xfx the lead card so that the bfg is downclocked if you have any problems as I think SLI will clock both cards the same. I won't get chance to try mine for a while yet as I'm recovering from dislocating my knee in a ridiculous bending over at an awkward angle to pick my sunglasses in a Cyprus airport incident last Wednesday

*Edit* Card's arrived, but is sitting outside behind the green waste bin. Wish I could go downstairs...

*Edit 2* The missus has just brought the card in. Pleasantly surprised to find it comes with assassins creed and 3d mark.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:09 PM   #7
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Just put the lowest clock GTX 280 in and overclock it to what the other one is clocked to and run all the benchmark tests to make sure it is stable at the faster speed and if it is ,put your fastest one in the first slot and the slower one in the secound slot so they both will run at the faster speed.I bought a BFG GTX 280 OCX that was clocked at 660/1458/2400,but when I bought my other one I bought the cheaper BFG that was default clocked at 602/1296/2214 and I had no problem getting it to run at 660/1458/2400 ,in fact the two other ones I bought would overclock even higher.Most XFX cards will overclock pretty good or at least the ones I have bought have.I bought a cheap XFX 8800GT 600/1500/1800 and it overclocked to 780/1950/2200.You can find some good deals right now on the GTX 280 and they are good cards,most of them are a$100 cheaper then the GTX 285 and IMO the GTX 285 is not worth a $100 more,unless you already have a GTX 285 and you are going to SLI.Sure the GTX 285 uses a little less power but don't really run no cooler.
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