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Is my system able to handle NVIDIA SLI? (Album/Specs inside) Please help!

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August 19, 2013 2:04:18 PM

Hello,

I currently have a single GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 - 256bit and want to get a new one for SLI.

What I'm wondering is, will my motherboard be able to fit 2 GPUs on it? My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3.

Album with pictures of my system: http://imgur.com/a/Ymglr

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
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August 19, 2013 2:08:07 PM

yes that motherboard supports sli
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August 19, 2013 2:09:19 PM

on the other hand it looks like you'll have to relocate your radiator because it is interfering with the expansion slot you'll need access to for sli
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August 19, 2013 2:10:19 PM

carowden said:
yes that motherboard supports sli


Thank you for the response.

By the pictures, would you say I'd have to rearrange some of my hardware for it to fit?

EDIT: Already answered.
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August 19, 2013 2:14:26 PM

SportySpice said:
carowden said:
yes that motherboard supports sli


Thank you for the response.

By the pictures, would you say I'd have to rearrange some of my hardware for it to fit?


yeah there are two issues that i could think of after looking at it:

1. your sata ports might be blocked by that gpu, or at least some of them

2. the problem i stated earlier about the radiator blocking the expansion slot on the back of the case. flipping it 180 degrees (hoses would be on top) might give you enough room though
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August 19, 2013 2:30:16 PM

Are you getting the 56ti for free or extremely cheap ? As pointed out by Cardowen it seems like a pain to SLI your current setup. why not just upgrade to another card looks like 560 ti SLI is about the same as 680 (could only find old benches) so roughly around the same seed as a 770 which sounds good on paper. However yours only have 1 Gig of memory so I would think that any game that needs to be powed by a 770 class GPU (SLI) would be at settings that exceed 1 Gig of Ram.

So you maybe limited not by pure power but by memory which makes SLI of those cards kinda point less.
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August 19, 2013 2:34:35 PM

ikaz said:
Are you getting the 56ti for free or extremely cheap ? As pointed out by Cardowen it seems like a pain to SLI your current setup. why not just upgrade to another card looks like 560 ti SLI is about the same as 680 (could only find old benches) so roughly around the same seed as a 770 which sounds good on paper. However yours only have 1 Gig of memory so I would think that any game that needs to be powed by a 770 class GPU (SLI) would be at settings that exceed 1 Gig of Ram.

So you maybe limited not by pure power but by memory which makes SLI of those cards kinda point less.


Thank you for your insight.

It certainly makes more sense to just get a new, more powerful GPU.

Will look into that.
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