SLI Advice for Galaxy GTX 560ti 448core

I have begun the research phase of my next rig and have gotten to the GPU. I would like to use as many parts from my 2yo rig as possible and that includes the Galaxy GTX 560ti 448core, since it still works. However, I would like to upgrade the graphics capabilities after 2 years.

I was told when I bought the 560ti 448 to buy a 2nd since it was a limited edition, but I didn't listen, mainly because the MoBo I have cannot handle SLI. But now I will have a new MoBo and want to bridge the 560ti with another GeForce card.

My main question is: Which GPU should I buy to bridge with my existing Galaxy GTX 560ti 448core?

The most graphic-intense game this rig will see will be Civ 6. My knowledge of SLI is limited to the research I have done today on Tom's and I am assuming this is plug-and-play, but if you can humor me with one more answer, I'd be grateful. Once I bridge the two cards via SLI, can I just plug my monitor in as normal, and I'm off and running? I'm picturing two HDMI or DVI ports in the back, but I assume that either would work....

Oh yeah - one last question: Do you all run HDMI or DVI cables?

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  1. So I've continued my searching and found this:

    A bit discouraging.
  2. Depressing me further are my current benchmarks:

    FPS: 29.0
    Score: 731
    Min FPS: 7.3
    Max FPS: 56.4

    3DMark Score: 5409
    Graphics Score: 5332
    Physics Score: 5656
    Combined Score: 5661
    Graphics Test 1: 23.11 fps
    Graphics Test 2: 24.16 fps
    Graphics Test 3: 34.54 fps
    Graphics Test 4: 16.98 fps
    Physics Test: 17.96 fps
    Combined Test: 26.33 fps
  3. And this page leads me to believe that I can SLI the following cards:

    DEV_1080 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580"
    DEV_1081 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570"
    DEV_1082 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti"
    DEV_1084 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560"
    DEV_1086 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 "
    DEV_1087 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti "
    DEV_1088 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590"
    DEV_1089 "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 "
    DEV_108B "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 "
  4. Overclocked my CPU to 4.4GHz and the results improved:

    3DMark Score: 5593
    Graphics Score: 5337
    Physics Score: 7126
    Combined Score: 5812
    Graphics Test 1: 23.13 fps
    Graphics Test 2: 24.21 fps
    Graphics Test 3: 34.54 fps
    Graphics Test 4: 16.98 fps
    Physics Test: 22.62 fps
    Combined Test: 27.04 fps

    Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
    FPS: 29.2
    Score: 735
    Min FPS: 17.8
    Max FPS: 55.3
  5. For SLi you need 2 identical cards, like 2 x 560 ti 448 model with the same processor. In SLI you have a patch with the 2nd card so you will use just 1 dvi/hdmi and you have the performance from both cards.
    Maybe you should sell the card and buy a new model. You need a better PSU and a good cooling system for 2x gtx 560ti 448.
    If you dont want to use the Cuda processor for graphic applications and you want it for gaming you should buy a gtx 760 or r9 270x, 280x if you have the money. Will be less power consumption and heat.
    gtx 760 - 170w
    270 x - 180 w
    280x - 250 w
    2 x gtx 560 ti 4480 - 420 W
    So like i said if you don;t want for graphic applications go for a new model.
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