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#1 Oct 14 2010 at 11:28 AM Rating: Decent
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I am new to sli, do i want my top card plugged into the monitors I am running? also, i have two monitors, does sli work well with two monitors? I want the best gpu performance, I have toggled different drivers, but my two 470gtx's don't seem to be giving me the power i'd expect.

Does two monitors interfere with sli? do i want to "dedicate" anything to physx? and do I want my top card or bottom card plugged in? - currently both monitors are in top card. anyone know more than I, i'd appreciate it.

-12 gigs ddr3 ram, 3.2 ghz, two gtx sli 470's, win 7 64 bit, non-ssd drive (coming). *Playing windowed*

thank you so much!

~Skye
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#2 Oct 14 2010 at 12:47 PM Rating: Decent
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SkyeAyatari wrote:
I am new to sli, do i want my top card plugged into the monitors I am running? also, i have two monitors, does sli work well with two monitors? I want the best gpu performance, I have toggled different drivers, but my two 470gtx's don't seem to be giving me the power i'd expect.

Does two monitors interfere with sli? do i want to "dedicate" anything to physx? and do I want my top card or bottom card plugged in? - currently both monitors are in top card. anyone know more than I, i'd appreciate it.

-12 gigs ddr3 ram, 3.2 ghz, two gtx sli 470's, win 7 64 bit, non-ssd drive (coming). *Playing windowed*

thank you so much!

~Skye


First off, go to the nvidia website and get the newest Beta drivers. 260.89 should be their version number; released october 11. If you are using older drivers you won't be getting a good boost in framerate from SLI. When you install the beta drivers I recommend using the "Clean Installation" option when it comes up to make sure you get the new profiles that came with the drivers for FFXIV in case you've messed with them in the past.

Second, I always plug the monitors into the top card. I have 2 monitors attached, but I deactivate one of them while I'm playing this game just to make sure I'm getting all the power I can to the game.

You don't want to dedicate anything to physX if you only have 2 cards. Set one of the cards to do physx (usually the one that the monitors are not connected to), but don't dedicate it. That essentially makes it do PhysX calculations with it's leftover processing power. Make sure the setting on that same page is set to do SLI at all. The setting you want says "Maximize 3D Performance".

My framerate improved drastically in SLI with those beta drivers. Before I was actually getting higher fps with one card only.
#3 Oct 14 2010 at 1:15 PM Rating: Good
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thank you, i did a clean install with new beta drivers last night but i was actually having more trouble, i did do the clean install. I think it might be more the settings on my sli then. I play windowed with all settings on high except for shadows on low and no ambi-exc and depth of field on. i get issues when turning the camera where sometimes my fps drop to like 5 then when i turn the camera just a touch more, shoots back up to 45ish. if i have a video playing, the video stutters like crazy at the camera angle. I am so confused. I know my comp is not amazing but it is no where near low end either.

i will try another clean install, since i rolled back to the older drivers, but then i will set to peformance and see how that works. Thing is, in beta my fps were constantly high, no matter how busy the area was. So confused on how this game works, my gf who has a almost same specs but a slower processor has almost no issues at all. SE has got me stumped on this.

The more feedback the better, thank you all at Zam for being great at problem solving!

~Skye
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#4 Oct 14 2010 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
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If you look in a direction without other toons on the screen your frame rate will go up.

If you look in the direction of 50 afk people standing around a crystal your fps drops.

The biggest issue around fps right now is high quality rendering of everyone's unique gear. The game doesn't scale the quality rendering based on distance like a lot of games which is why the game loads only so many people at a time. Id rather see everyone within sight of me with varying degrees of quality based on range than only load the 50 closest people to me and the rest are in another reality.

Edited, Oct 14th 2010 3:33pm by Twolow24
#5 Oct 14 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Good
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the amount of people around me has no bearing on the graphics issue at hand. It happens alone and with 50 people around me. it all seems based on camera angle. I know that there are some angles where i can see more but this is even in low graphics areas like caves. not sure, still stumped.

~Skye
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