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I used the "single GPU" option when using the configurator (which of course doesn't require SLI). As far as SLI goes, that's unfortunately not available with this mobo. 😞 Sorry

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Being a 'Noob', I just searched the ye olde internet and discovered that SLI allows the use of two graphics cards in one PC - now I get it! No problem, I just want to use the one GPU so it is not an issue.

 

Keeping in mind my Noobish status, what version of the GTX680 4GB would I need to order? A quick look on the Inter-web shows a number of companies doing various packaging on that GPU. For example -  ASUS, EVGA, Galaxy, Gigabyte. What am I looking for in relation to the HP Phoenix? Do the differences in the offerings relate to connectivity, speed or something else? 

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Some people will say that one brand will be better than another, but its usually just brand loyalty 😛 They are all functionally identical so as long you get the exact model you want the brand will matter very little. I personally find that EVGA and Zotac keep to the original Nvidia design, though.

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I see - it is more straight forward than I thought. Getting back to the three screens Vs one screen. Using a game such as Crysis 1, I gather that I wouldn't be able to run it with all the game settings at 'maxium' if I was have it playing accross three screens?

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In my personal experience, doing so may cause you to run into overheating issues. Even with dual-displays the heat generated by the GPU increases noticeably. I can't personally say how much of an impact 3 displays would have. I would certainly adjust the in-game settings with caution (in increments) and determine a balance point between stability and performance.

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I assume that the user would know that the GPU was overheating because the fans would go into overdrive and/or a system caution notice would appear on-screen?

It sounds like I would be better off getting the best/largest single monitor that HP makes rather than stressing the Phoenix trying to run three at maximum settings. That way I could get the most out of the maximum settings teh game dssigners can offer.

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That would be the best way to play it safe and you also wouldn't have the multiple monitor's borders interfering with your viewing field. 🙂

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Thanks for all the pearls of wisdom, Mr HP specialist! I can go forward with a clearer view.

 

 I did'nt realise EVGA offered so many variations on the GTX680 - are all/most/only some of the EVGA modified GTX680 GPUs suitable for the Phoenix? Would the Phoenix be able to take advantage of the what the 4GB versions of the GTX-680 offer Vs the 2GB editions?

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It seems that some of the EVGA GTX-680s offer what looks to be overclocking  - like the 'Classified' version HEREI think the HP info on the motherboard HERE mentions overclocking as a no-no, though I am not sure if HP mean the CPU or the GPU or both. Would there be issues for the Phoenix running the EVGA Classified GTX680 version?

 

So, which EVGA GTX-680 gives the highest performance and is the most suitable 'fit' in the HP Phoenix?

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As far as the overclock warning you see on the mobo page that is a rather generic warning that you will find anytime that overclocking is mentioned. Hardware suppliers are obligated to let you know that they cannot guarantee the stability of their products above the factory tested settings. This does not mean that you cannot overclock, the message is more of a disclaimer. All overclocking, whether it be done for the GPU or CPU, should be done with caution and care.

 

As far as the EVGA Classified GTX680 I didn't find anything to say it wouldn't work on the Formosa mobo and the PSU requirements are still reasonable. My personal recommendation for a balance of performance and price would be the EVGA 2GB GDDR5 Version. The 4GB are almost $200 more for just more Vmem and an almost identical clock.

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