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#13 Insider

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 09:15 PM

I heard starting a few months ago that the newest drivers prevent you from modding to SLi

http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2337

rubbish

ive modded mine and used the latest beta and WHQL drivers.

as ExRoadie says, you can mod the DFI NF4 motherboard. It is a hardware level modification.

#14 zeero

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 09:17 PM

I may try that after I break out of my noob shell.

#15 THunDA

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 04:52 AM

Yea drivers cant block it at all... Here a popular member of XS mentions that one of the top Orb runners use a modded board with newer drivers..

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:05 AM

Wow.. that looks so easy that I'm tempted to get an Ultra-D board now. Plus since I'm sure this voids the warranty, one might as well save a few bucks and get the oem version off of newegg.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:04 PM

If I get two 6200 NV43chips can I solder together the cards? Can I run dual video without the mod? dual video gives about 88% performance.

I would love to try welfare SLI but if I go "almost sli" can I use the ultra or do I need to do the mod for almost sli to work?

thx.

#18 Cobia69

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:21 PM

That's just "plane" dead sexy!

#19 Guderian

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 11:45 PM

Very interesting as I've a need for a new system... and I've been debating this mobo.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 04:05 AM

I was talking to a buddy last night about getting the Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D and modding it to SLI so he can get the Leadtek SLI kit. He was paranoid about making the mod to a brand new board in case there was a problem and needed to RMA the board.

The good thing about doing this mod is that the vendor or DFI won't know a thing it if you do run into trouble and have to RMA the board.

As long as the board looks stock, you will be OK. The chipset heat sink and fan would have to be really messed up in order to raise any suspicion that a mod to the chipset had been performed.

DFI is like most companies, when a defective board is returned, it gets tossed into the chipper-shredder to keep the dumpster divers from getting their hands on it. Nothing worse than someone selling broken DFI stuff on ebay.

Plus, they have a track record of supporting the user when overclocking their boards.

The best thing is, you can let Angry_Games or RGone know about your situation and they will take care of things for you. There are many posts about these guys going to bat for the user and making things right. How many other companies will let you send your parts to them with the promise of making the rig run?

This is one mod that has virtually no downside.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 04:23 AM

If I get two 6200 NV43chips can I solder together the cards? Can I run dual video without the mod? dual video gives about 88% performance.

I would love to try welfare SLI but if I go "almost sli" can I use the ultra or do I need to do the mod for almost sli to work?

thx.

All of the boards support dual video cards without SLI. You just move the jumpers to switch both slots to X8 mode and you're done. When you're ready for SLI, get a bridge and perform the mod.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 09:57 AM

But, from what I understood on anand's review, (not from my own experience) the dual video won't work with newer nvidia drivers as nvidia most assuredly would not intentionally support any type of multigpu solution outside of their own. Would you if it were your company?

edit: Or does moving the jumpers provide a work-around to nvidia's driver inhibit since both slots are then 8x instead of 16 & ?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:01 AM

Even without doing the SLI mod you can move the jumper and have 8x 8x configuration..

Is that what you where looking for ?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:36 AM

Hell, the way i understood the above mentioned review, the dual video wouldn't work after a certain nvidia video driver version because it worked so well and damn near equaled an sli setup's performance it would seriously compete with a legit sli setup. Again my reference is anand's article and not from personal experience what-so-ever. Then again i may very well be fubar. His review is the only source i've got for this specific topic.

www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2337