SLI + Memory + Processor --- really need help!
Posted on 2006-04-25
Ok, you're probably wondering what I was trying to say in the title.
Here's the deal.
I have a few questions that I really need help with and I simply cannot find
answers ANYWHERE....... and its driving me up the wall.
Here are my computer specs:
MSI K8N Diamond Edition - motherboard
AMD athlon X2 (dual core) - processor
2 X xfx GeForce 7800 gtx 256mb (sli enabled) - VGA
2 X 512 MB Corsair XMS 4400 DDR, 550mhz - memory
600 w - PSU
Right, Question 1:
On device manager it is showing my processor as:
" AMD Hammer Family processor - model unknown"
now, I am very concerned as to why it states "model unknown" - does this mean that my processor is not running at its full potential because of the wrong driver?
Also, I was reccomended (on this website actually) to purchase this processor and have only recently realised that it only runs at 2.2 ghz ...... Would it not have been better for me to have just bought another processor that ran at a higher clock speed (3ghz maybe?) or am I better off with this one because of its "dual core" processing?
Right, I have recently purchased a second 7800 gtx card so that I may have both running on SLI and "hopefully" get my games (particularly TES4 Oblivion) running better.
After much difficulty I have finally got them working with SLI enabled but I can see no actual difference in performance at all.......Have I done something wrong? I've tried re-installing drivers and enabled it in windows and everything SEEMS to be setup fine except I see no improvement whatsoever.
What I'd like to know is, is there any possible way to TEST my graphics cards to see if they are indeed running together in SLI mode?
I Currently have 2 memory cards (mentioned above).
I THINK I have installed them to run on dual channels but as I am fairly new to this
I have no idea how to check to see if they are indeed running in this mode.
How can I see if they ARE running on dual channels and do you think I should install
another 1 GB of ram to improve performance in my games or is it enough as is?
I know I'm asking quite a lot, and i'm really sorry but I seriously have now where
left to turn. I have asked EVERYWHERE and no luck.
Please guys you're my only hope!
Thank you again.