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SLI TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY

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January 29, 2010 6:55:21 PM

Why would anyone use sli (just to do it I think) when you are only bumping up performance 30%?? It seems you are wasting 70% of your money. Aren't you better off getting the single best video card that is on the market????

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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 6:58:02 PM

^^ Well, for some people, it makes more sense to add 1 cheaper card as a short term boost. The idea of two top tier cards in SLI/CF is laughable though, I agree on that.
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January 29, 2010 7:00:20 PM

Yeah one single more powerful card is always better, but not everyone has the money to always buy the best single card so they might choose to buy a 2nd card to keep there systems performance up to date.

BTW you can get more than just 30% performance increase from SLi and for that matter crossfire aswell.
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January 29, 2010 7:02:54 PM

Even at 58% I look forward to the day where 1 + 1 = 3 where two cards can work together. I guess I want too much...
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January 29, 2010 7:05:29 PM

That makes sense.. If you already have a card and you want to add a second card to increase performance without throwing a card away....
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January 29, 2010 7:05:52 PM

Best answer selected by muratgemici2003.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 7:13:40 PM

I find it physically impossible for 1+1 to = 3 more like 1+1=1.7 or 1.95 at best for SLI/XFire. Expanding on what Gamerk316 said with an example. Say you have a 4870 and want to upgrade, your options add a 4870 to get 5870 perfomance for a mere $150 or get that 5870 for $400 (maybe $325 if you sell your 4870 for $75).

Its kind of like: why buy an I7 975 when you could get a I7 920 and overclock for much less.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
January 29, 2010 7:17:52 PM

Best answer selected by mousemonkey.
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January 29, 2010 8:04:01 PM

There is some pretty simple video card math...two weaker cards will almost always beat a single card if you are spending the same amount of money. That is why for many people who want to get the absolute best performance on a given budget they will go sli/crossfire.
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