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Will GTX 650 Ti BOOSTs in SLI "bottleneck" an i5-3570K?

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April 10, 2013 1:38:10 PM

So I've recently spec'd out my friend a computer (gonna be his first! :D  ) and his budget only allows him to get one GPU now, but he plans on getting a second one later. I was wondering if two GTX 650 Ti BOOSTs in SLI would fully utilize the 3570K? If not, then he can fork over the $20 more for a 660. Thanks in advance! :) 
April 10, 2013 1:48:18 PM

Im not sure what you are asking but get as much gpu as you can in one card. 660> 650ti boost
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April 10, 2013 1:48:56 PM

Well, I have that CPU at 4.5Gh (very easy to OC if you have aftermarket cooler - and a shame to have such a CPU with no OC) but only 1 HD 7970 OCed... which is only slightly slower (depending on games) then two of those. And the GPU has always been the bottleneck in my system.

what spentshells says is correct, always try to go for single GPU when starting from scratch, but if you already have a 650, two of them are a lot faster then one 660. It is recommended to go single because many games still don't support SLI and use only one + there are still problems with micro stutter in SLI systems.
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April 10, 2013 3:05:16 PM

No problem with your high-end system and a pair of GTX 650 Ti Boosts. In fact, it's a really good idea due to the fact that you can get top-level performance for just $340. Don't fear SLI, Nvidia does it really well and has excellent driver support for new games.

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"After running the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI through our test suite, I have to admit that I'm impressed. The duo delivered performance easily matching and often exceeding much more expensive single-card options such as the GeForce GTX 680 and Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and they don't cost as much. SLI multi-GPU scaling works well with all of our titles except for F1 2012. Scaling by going from one to two GTX 650 Ti Boost cards is around 70%, even with F1 2012 taken into account. Unlike AMD, NVIDIA does a good job of maintaining its SLI profiles, so you should be able to play new games without a long wait for multi-GPU support. However, the risk that a game will not be supported still exists, and you might, at worst, end up with single-card performance. This is in my opinion, given the massive performance-per-dollar advantage, an acceptable tradeoff. I would definitely recommend a GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI setup to a friend looking to spend as little money as possible on a high-end gaming rig."
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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April 10, 2013 4:51:08 PM

17seconds said:
Don't fear SLI, Nvidia does it really well and has excellent driver support for new games.

I'm not afraid of it, otherwise I wouldn't be building SLI rigs ;)  I'm actually in the process of getting another job so I can get another GTX 660 :D 
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