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Add or ditch SLI? Its that time again!



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#1 Posted 28 September 2011 - 10:09 PM

I currently have two GTX260 running in SLI and they are starting to show their age. I'm primarily looking to run battlefield 3 and the next generation of valve games.

From a cost standpoint would it be better to bump up the power supply and add another GTX260, or sell them and buy a better video card?

My current build.
Asus rampage II extreme
6gb dominator
corei7 920 + coolermaster v8
(2) evga gtx260 in SLI
Corsair 600watt psu
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#2 Posted 28 September 2011 - 10:18 PM

What do you see that you cards age??

Just blow out the dust with a compressor or something??

I think your PSU is good enough to handle a nice Nvidia or ATi direct-x 11 card.
Don't know what's really hot these days, I recently bought an MSI HD5850 for a nice price (150, and now at the same shop the card is still availible but for 255 :blink:)
and it performs really well (only sometimes you can hear the capacitors squeel, heard that's a common problem with some of those cards)

I think you should go for a nice 570GTX, those cards are availible from 2Gb till 3gb memory, or a HD6970.
So I say ditch the SLI and go for a nice next-gen GFX card !



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#3 Posted 29 September 2011 - 12:33 AM

Agreed on the new card. And next year you can buy another one and SLI those up too!

Before you buy anything, check how much power it draws. You'll probably be fine with 600 watts, but that's something you definitely wanna check up on beforehand.
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#4 Posted 29 September 2011 - 01:19 AM

By age I mean struggling to keep up with newer games. I posted this at toms hardware and they concur. It seems that a third card wouldn't really give that much of a boost since SLI diminishes performance of the next card.
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#5 Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:57 AM

Three GPUs? Haven't heard that before. Just go for a new card.



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#6 Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:01 AM

http://techreport.com/articles.x/21516
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#7 Posted 29 September 2011 - 11:53 AM

I'm still running my ATI 4830. I feel like an old man.
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#8 Posted 29 September 2011 - 01:39 PM

View PostCrusty Magic, on 29 September 2011 - 03:01 AM, said:



Wow. That is an incredibly good read. Very informational... thanks!

In response to the topic, I'd definitely agree with the others and say get a better, single card rather than a 3rd GTX260.



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#9 Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Id say ditch it man. But then again, my pc is over five years old bummer. Hoping to purchase or build a new one next year. Also hoping that EP3 or HL 3 drops then as well. Guess we'll see.

Good luck whatever you decide bro. Hey ot but, are you still using the nexus one?
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#10 Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:54 PM

The only downside I see to your current cards are that they only support DX10. But not many games support DX11 now anyways. I say wait a while.
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#11 Posted 29 September 2011 - 08:50 PM

View PostCrusty Magic, on 29 September 2011 - 12:01 AM, said:


Awesome article!

Ditch SLI. One good card is better.
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#12 Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:28 AM

Get one good card. I have a Geforce GTX 570 and run every game at max settings at 1920x1080.

SLI setups are useless at the moment and will be for the remainder of this console generation. Don't bother.



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#13 Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

IMO SLI/crossfire only make sense at extreme high resolutions such as eyefinity. Otherwise you're better off with a higher end single GPU solution. Less heat, less power consumption, less complexity, more room in your case etc..

What resolution do you play at?



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#14 Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

Old post is old.



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#15 Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:14 PM

YES IT IS.


AND FOR INFORAMTION

SLI/Crossfire is a nice if you have a big ass monitor.

Most of the time the nextgen single card is that of the old gen in Crossfire/SLI or at least 45% close.


Though i am thinking abnout trying to find another 5850 or 6850 for crossfire might be cheaper then buying a new card...sometimes.
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