Msi K8n Diamond Plus And Sli / Single Card

First off, my specs are:

Msi k8n diamond plus sli
Athlon x2 4400
Geforce 7900gtx
Crucial 2gb ddr 400

Okay, are sli motherboards supposed to be used for sli configurations only, or can you run a single card on them? Because right now, i'm running a single card setup and am getting terrible performance. In fact, my max fps is flickering between 37-38 most of the time under graphics load and dropping as low as 15-20 in some places on oblivion. I have updated drivers and bios and no viruses/spyware of any kind. This is just a guess, but it seems to me like the motherboard thinks i have two cards in there since it's slicing my max fps (75 on refresh rate w/ vsync) in half to 37-38. In fact, it would make sense to me if this is the case since it seems i should be getting twice the fps that i am right now according to all the benchmarks w/ this gpu/mobo setup. Can someone please help? I've spent the better part of 3 days trying to figure this thing out. Is there a way to optimize my setup for a single card only instead of sli or does my problem lie elsewhere? I've seen no settings in the bios to optimize for a single card or sli.

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