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Thoughts on SLI GTX 780.

I am really looking into purchasing SLI 780s. My current setup is 1 680. Which is a good card, but i'm looking to upgrade and possibly handing down my card to my brother. But questions about sli in general.
I've head plenty about micro-stutter and a long list of problems that SLI has to offer. First off, what is micro-stuttering?
Second, do these problems outweigh the benefit of having two awesome cards?
I've read that the 780s stay mildly cool, and quiet, is that true.
How would they fit in a ASUS Sabertooth Z77, with a 600t white edition case?

I'm not going to just go out and buy this, I still have time and am going to do more research. Just curious.


Specs
i7-3770k
ASUS Sabertooth z77
G.Skill SNiper 16 (2x8)
HX1050w
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  1. Microstutter is due to the way SLI renders frames, each card renders alternating frames. Though the framerate may be high, the image can have stutter due to the frames being distributed at different times.

    At this time there are no 'bad' 780's, even the reference one has a great cooler. As such, they will all be cool and quiet. Your case and motherboard are totally fine, as is your PSU. One concern is your CPU, it is pretty much a requirement to have it overclocked even for one 780, so make sure you have.
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    Seath TheScaleless said:
    I am really looking into purchasing SLI 780s. My current setup is 1 680. Which is a good card, but i'm looking to upgrade and possibly handing down my card to my brother. But questions about sli in general.
    I've head plenty about micro-stutter and a long list of problems that SLI has to offer. First off, what is micro-stuttering?
    Second, do these problems outweigh the benefit of having two awesome cards?
    I've read that the 780s stay mildly cool, and quiet, is that true.
    How would they fit in a ASUS Sabertooth Z77, with a 600t white edition case?

    I'm not going to just go out and buy this, I still have time and am going to do more research. Just curious.


    Specs
    i7-3770k
    ASUS Sabertooth z77
    G.Skill SNiper 16 (2x8)
    HX1050w


    1.) To easily understand micro-stuttering, I'll give you an example base on my experience, You're playing a game @ 70fps but instead you feel like you're playing a 35fps game because of the horrendous micro-stutter.
    2.) The problems are totally neglible and by getting SLI setup, get ready to enjoy awesome gaming in the next few years. Ever since NVIDIA launch the 600 series, micro-stutter have never been an issue to most users of SLI. Micro-stutter only happens on games that are poorly optimized because of the laziness of some developers to make it stable. An example of an excellent but poorly optimize game and has micro stutter is Far Cry 3.
    3.) Those non-reference cards from EVGA, Gigabyte and ASUS has their own custom cooling solution that really cools the cards.
    4.)Both 780's will fit in a SABERTOOTH Z77 and 600T no problem. 600T is a really good and huge case.

    Hope this helps :)
  3. johnvonmacz said:
    Seath TheScaleless said:
    I am really looking into purchasing SLI 780s. My current setup is 1 680. Which is a good card, but i'm looking to upgrade and possibly handing down my card to my brother. But questions about sli in general.
    I've head plenty about micro-stutter and a long list of problems that SLI has to offer. First off, what is micro-stuttering?
    Second, do these problems outweigh the benefit of having two awesome cards?
    I've read that the 780s stay mildly cool, and quiet, is that true.
    How would they fit in a ASUS Sabertooth Z77, with a 600t white edition case?

    I'm not going to just go out and buy this, I still have time and am going to do more research. Just curious.


    Specs
    i7-3770k
    ASUS Sabertooth z77
    G.Skill SNiper 16 (2x8)
    HX1050w


    1.) To easily understand micro-stuttering, I'll give you an example base on my experience, You're playing a game @ 70fps but instead you feel like you're playing a 35fps game because of the horrendous micro-stutter.
    2.) The problems are totally neglible and by getting SLI setup, get ready to enjoy awesome gaming in the next few years. Ever since NVIDIA launch the 600 series, micro-stutter have never been an issue to most users of SLI. Micro-stutter only happens on games that are poorly optimized because of the laziness of some developers to make it stable. An example of an excellent but poorly optimize game and has micro stutter is Far Cry 3.
    3.) Those non-reference cards from EVGA, Gigabyte and ASUS has their own custom cooling solution that really cools the cards.
    4.)Both 780's will fit in a SABERTOOTH Z77 and 600T no problem. 600T is a really good and huge case.

    Hope this helps :)


    Thank you, this helps a lot. I am most likely just going to get a single 780, and in the future, upgrade.
  4. cookybiscuit said:
    Microstutter is due to the way SLI renders frames, each card renders alternating frames. Though the framerate may be high, the image can have stutter due to the frames being distributed at different times.

    At this time there are no 'bad' 780's, even the reference one has a great cooler. As such, they will all be cool and quiet. Your case and motherboard are totally fine, as is your PSU. One concern is your CPU, it is pretty much a requirement to have it overclocked even for one 780, so make sure you have.


    Two things.
    1, Why would I need to OC? Bottle necking?
    2, What would be a good clock. Overclocking should be no problem, I have a h100i so tempos should be nice.
  5. Seath TheScaleless said:
    cookybiscuit said:
    Microstutter is due to the way SLI renders frames, each card renders alternating frames. Though the framerate may be high, the image can have stutter due to the frames being distributed at different times.

    At this time there are no 'bad' 780's, even the reference one has a great cooler. As such, they will all be cool and quiet. Your case and motherboard are totally fine, as is your PSU. One concern is your CPU, it is pretty much a requirement to have it overclocked even for one 780, so make sure you have.


    Two things.
    1, Why would I need to OC? Bottle necking?
    2, What would be a good clock. Overclocking should be no problem, I have a h100i so tempos should be nice.

    1. Yes. I got a 780 as a move up from a 670 and found that if I returned to my CPU stock clocks ingame performance was pretty much the same as my 670 with CPU at stock clocks in the majority of games. Ofcourse in GPU dependent games the effect is much less pronounced.
    2. 4.2Ghz is good, faster is better but offers diminishing returns. 4.5Ghz should be pretty easy on a H100i.
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