What is SLI?

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What is SLI?
Many crazy gamers like to make a SLI computer, what is SLI?
Do you know?
 

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Pengwuino
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I forget whawt SLI stands for but basically, it allows the use of 2 graphics processors to run on one system. People basically get 2 video cards and put them in the SLI slots and the motherboard will split the work between both computers making in theory, a graphics system 2x as powerful as their single counterparts.
 
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SLI basically spills the work of one card to the second if the 1st card is overwhelmed.

Crossfire from Radeon is smarter, it actually splits the work between both cards.
 
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Thank you very much. I know what SLI is now!
 
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Scalable Link Interface

Two identical video cards work in tandem to process the graphics for the computer. The cards must be identical, there is a bridge or two that connect them so one card knows which portions of the page the other is doing.

It is kind of a workaround hack until the card makers can come up with a dual Graphics Processing Unit with Physics Processing Unit on one card.

It's only necessary when you are a hardcore gamer who wants to squeeze every last frame per second out of your machine.
 
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dduardo
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It's basically a way for graphics chip companies to get you to buy two of their really expensive models.
 
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SLI stands for Scalable Link Interface and its based on symmetric distribution of load.
 

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