I`d like to confirm that the xfx 7600GT card (or any other such graphics card)will be compatible at 16x speeds on the m2n-e sli motherboard if i use just ONE graphics card( and not two of them in sli configuration). i read on the nvidia website that the motherboard i have(asus m2n-e SLI) can support the graphics card only at 8x speed, while all other higher and lower end models can run at 16x speeds. is that true? has anyone had issues like this? please respond asap coz i plan to get the above 7600GT tomorrow first thing. thank you and hope to hear from you soon.
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Re: compatible AGP at 16x?
After a brief check of motherboard specs, what I see is, the 7600GT card will run at 16x in the 16x slot, but if you have TWO SLI cards they both run at 8X.
Unless there is a public outcry concerning this, I'd suspect the info you have is a bit off.
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I suspect you are using Windows Vista. Apparently, even though the motherboard was marketted as "Vista-ready", it wasn't quite ready. Numerous people have reported no problems with a single video card, but an inability to get two to work.
I could not find any reports to confirm what I suspect to be a solution. However, here it is: A BIOS update (shudder) may be inevitable. Don't panic! First, give driver updates a try. You might get lucky. You never know. The driver's are available direct from the manufacturer at this link: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=M2N-E SLI
I further suspect the problem has something to do with the fact that a single card going into either PCI-E 16x slot runs at 16x (duh!), but that two of the same only run at 8x (huh?). This fact could have been easily overlooked with adjusting timing in the drivers specific to vista and is exactly why I suspect a driver update may be a possible fix.
Your SLI drivers as you mentioned were installed when your chipset drivers were installed. (NVIDIA nForce CK804 Chipset Driver). If you use 1 PCI-E graphics card the bios will need to be adjusted to [Auto]. Using 2 PCI-E graphics cards you must install the EZ selector card correctly. See page 4-20 section 4.4 Adjust; SLI Configuration. Than see section 4.4.6 in your manual Open the Asus link below if you need drivers for your M2N-E SLI; http://www.asus.com/Search.aspx?SearchKey=M2N-E%20SLI This may seem a bit tricky but its not. First time around the bios settings using SLI graphics cards will appears tough but you'll get it. Cheers! Mike
Have you accessed BIOS(startup and start tapping F2) to see if SLI and not PCIexpress is selected?
The best thing that I can recommend with any SLI or Crossfire setup is to install the cards seperately at first to make sure they are working by themselves. Then install the cards in SLI or Crossfire configuration.
Not on this motherboard, and not with two different video cards. Your motherboard does have two PCI-E slots at x1 speed, but only one slot at x16 speed. And when you use SLI you should use two identical video cards for best results.
Hi DarkPredUK. You need to check you're bios. (See below). The PCI-E card (Single video card) must be placed into slot, PCIEX16_1 as shown on page 2-3 & 2-18 in you're user manual. The bios must be set correctly as seen on page 4-26 to PCI-E first. You must have two PCI-E cards installed to run SLI mode. (They must be exactly the same graphic cards). Asus M2N-E SLI main web site/drivers, manual ect. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=M2N-E%20SLI&SLanguage=en-us
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