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    New video card - stay away from dual setups?

    As part of my PC upgrade project I'm looking at new video cards. My budget is pretty high, and I've been looking at a GTX295 to keep my PC going for a couple of years.

    As you'd imagine, the main game I play is WoW, though I do mess around with other games, and I eventually want to use my PC to run video to my HD TV.

    I've been reading worrying reports that using SLi or cards with 2 onboard graphics chips can actually make WoW performance worse, which I don't really want.

    I currently have a 8800GTS 320MB, so I'm expecting my performance to improve, even if it's 'worse' than expected.

    Does anyone have any experience with this phenomenon?

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    Everyone I know who uses an SLi setup with 2 cards has no performance issues on wow at max settings.

    Maybe on games that are actually hard on graphics cards... but not wow at least.
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    Hmm, I'd read something to the effect that because WoW is such an old game, it gets confused when you have 2 graphics cards set up in SLi/Crossfire or if you have a dual chip set up a la GTX295.

    Having said that if that is proving not to be an issue, I'll order a new graphics card in a few weeks.

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    Only thing I've heard of is incorrect software settings for main/alternate displays causing performance issues, never heard of any issues with sli/crossfire being the culprit. I'm only running a single 8800 512 at the moment, but I'm planning to SLI when I get the $$ for another card.

    Possibly a cooling or power issue though? Sucks a lot of power and blows a lot of hot air for two cards, especially at max settings.

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    There's nothing wrong with using dual-GPU setups, if they're driving a single monitor.

    With that said, WoW doesn't really take advantage of the second GPU. If you care about WoW performance, don't worry about a 2nd GPU. Just make sure your CPU is top notch.
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