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(2) GTX 295 SLI question

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February 23, 2009 9:19:30 PM

Is this over kill?

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February 23, 2009 9:23:28 PM

Yes. 4 GPUs do not scale well. Unless you absolutely have to play with maximum settings and high AA and AF on a 30" monitor.
February 23, 2009 9:26:11 PM

We'll need specs and screen size (resolution ofc)

And I for 1 don't agree with quad sli, at the money you pay it doesn't yield what its supposed 2.

Example 2 260s will scale a generous 80% in some cases, 50 % in others, but it scales.

Quad on the other hand has a very one of a kind thing, it can decrease your fps in some games;). Plus min frame rate problems become apart of the DNA.

Lastly, They are driver dependant. If the company chose not to support quad anymore, your screwed:)  ofc you can say that regular sli too, but thats not going to be given up since it does what it supposed to with out the hassle.

Also i would look into the 4870 X2, if you haven't chosen your mobo already. 100$ cheaper (very common these days), more vram, and dx 10.1. 10-15% slower, but hell of a better deal for the money.
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February 24, 2009 2:14:41 AM

No you will be happy with two of those bad boys.
February 24, 2009 2:28:45 AM

Nice facts^?
February 24, 2009 10:49:56 AM

I have a 24" hi def monitor...also a 55" LCD 20 feet away. I would it be with Blueray, newer games etc...? Rest of system: Can a 1000 watt PS handle them?

Rampage II extreme
i7 920
V10 cooler
9 gb corsair dominator
GTX 295 1 or 2 of them
1000 watt PS
February 24, 2009 11:05:34 AM

100watts should be enough, I believe that 295 GTX Quad consumes around as much as 3 280s (285s), so yeah, 1000 should be enough.

I suggest Corsair 1000HX if you don't already have 1.
February 24, 2009 12:03:38 PM

After looking at benchmark reviews I can't justify +25 f/s and heat for $500. I would have to fork out more money for liquid cooling.
February 24, 2009 3:00:08 PM

L1qu1d said:
100watts should be enough, I believe that 295 GTX consumes around as much as 3 280s (285s), so yeah, 1000 should be enough.


How is that possible? It is 2 55nm GTX260+ put together, while GTX280 is 65nm.

According to xbitlabs a GTX295 only uses ~214W.
February 24, 2009 3:10:13 PM



The new Nvidia 55 nms really do around 10-15 watts better than the 65 nms, they massively improved idle watts from what I remember and temps, but not really full load.

February 24, 2009 3:21:38 PM

L1qu1d said:

The new Nvidia 55 nms really do around 10-15 watts better than the 65 nms, they massively improved idle watts from what I remember and temps, but not really full load.


You said GTX295 uses as much as 3 GTX280 or 285.

Power consumption of video cards only.
February 24, 2009 3:28:24 PM

well the thread is about quad, so it was a typo that was corrected if you checked:)  1 295 GTX I beleive consumes a bit less than 2 260s, if I'm no mistaken and close to 2 280s (about 50-100 watts depending on the review). When under full load (full system load).
February 24, 2009 5:33:36 PM

no, thats just an average rating sometimes, don't grab bare minimum. I have a 1000 watt PSU that way I have headroom.

Always have headroom:) 
February 24, 2009 6:57:40 PM

L1qu1d said:
well the thread is about quad, so it was a typo that was corrected if you checked:)  1 295 GTX I beleive consumes a bit less than 2 260s, if I'm no mistaken and close to 2 280s (about 50-100 watts depending on the review). When under full load (full system load).


My bad. Reading comprehension problem. :) 
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February 24, 2009 8:19:30 PM

^ And don't forget PSUs aren't 100% efficient. So a 1000watt PSU @ 80% efficiency is 800watts...or at least I think that's how it goes...
February 25, 2009 3:25:43 AM

Bluescreendeath said:
^ And don't forget PSUs aren't 100% efficient. So a 1000watt PSU @ 80% efficiency is 800watts...or at least I think that's how it goes...


No. A good quality PSU should be able to produce at least the full amount for which it is rated. The efficiency of a PSU (which is different depending on the percent load) determines how much AC power is required to produce the necessary DC power for the PC. For example, if a computer requires 1000W of power and the PSU is 80% efficient then it will require 1250W from the wall (1250 x 0.80 = 1000).
February 25, 2009 8:19:50 AM

1 single is overkill...
February 25, 2009 9:16:58 AM

rescawen said:
1 single is overkill...

Because you do not have the money to buy a GTX295 that do not means that is overkill.
February 25, 2009 12:07:53 PM

another one of those SPOILED BRATZ :D 

1: most people will agree that at 24 inch a 4870x2 is already very good.

2: 30-40 fps is very fluent game play, so people like you must be so much more no lifes and nerdies then the normal nolife/nerds to buy GTX 295 which still is a overkill.

let me answer your question NO I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY AND IT'S STILL A OVERKILL AND YOU CAN'T DENY IT.

good cards include GTX 260 and 4870
February 25, 2009 12:22:01 PM

no it isn't. A game like stalker and Crysis (Cryostass) All seem to struggle with even a 285 GTX, and also 2 285 GTXs as resolutions.

Don't start knocking people, how do you know they are spoiled? What if they have jobs? They work hard for their earnings. how about you get a job yourself and you'll be able to afford it too:) .

Don't start bringing ppl down just because they can. I mean if you have factual reasoining, but ur saying that 30-40 is fluent......NO.

LCDs need 60 fps to be fully playable, especially in high paced games, and shooters. 30 fps doesn't cut it. Although the human eye I beleive can't tell at anything 26 (30 fps to be safe) fps, when it comes to gaming, 30 fps is considered playable, but NOT FLUENT.

the 295 GTX is 10-15% better than the 4870 X2, so if the 4870 X2 isn't overkill neither is the 295 GTX.

I call troll on this guy:)  BTW it looks like overkill is your only argument, yet you don't know where Fluent gameplay sits.

Frames per second Gameplay
<30 FPS very limited gameplay
30-40 FPS average yet very playable
40-60 FPS good gameplay
>60 FPS best possible gameplay

Straight from GURU3D.com, care to argue that 2?:)  HAHAHAA



See whens its fully blue, its fluent and the more it starts to fade to red, its not:) 

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