PC Upgrading Fundamentals, Nvidia SLI Support - Getting Better, and more!
Hey folks, it's late but I know some of you are looking for a good read before bed. For those of you who are still a little cautious of Nvidia's SLI, HardOCP takes a look at what Nvidia has done lately to improve support for it's crown jewel of performance enhancing technology. Good night all :)
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