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December 28, 2010 1:31:54 PM


Hey Guys,

I was just wondering, I want to upgrade my video card. I have a Geforce 285 GTX and I want something better but exept of having one card, I want to do sli. So the question is, what video cards should I choose?

just bought a new motherboard and it has 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual at x16/x16 mode).
I don't want top of the line but something awesome :wahoo: 



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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 2:58:18 PM

If you can find one for cheap and in stock ( ebay being the only way) and don't care about DX11 then SLI would be the easiest, quickest, more bang/buck upgrade for you possible, but you'll need a hefty psu for that, and make sure you're CPU won't bottleneck.

List the rest of your specs please
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 3:14:47 PM

What of your PSU?
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December 28, 2010 3:29:29 PM


My psu is 750W but I'm buying a 1000W.
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 3:46:44 PM

In that case you'd be better of selling you current gtx285 and getting a single gtx580, performance about the same compared to sli gtx285 using less power and DX11.

Quality 1000w PSU --- about $150

Second gtx285 from a good reputation seller --- $170

Total $320


Cheapest gtx580 --- $510 minus what you get for you current gtx285, it'd be about the same in the end, maybe a bit expensiver.

You can keep your current PSU for the 580 as long as it's a good one, list the brand and model here please.

Also some games don't support SLI, and there'll be less driver issues and heat on your case
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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 3:53:13 PM

I don't think you need to upgrade to a 1k watt power supply unless you are planning on running 2 high-end video cards. Unless you also have lots of RAM and a fast CPU, a faster video card may not do much for you.
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 3:58:23 PM

hang-the-9 295's are huge cards that draw alot of power

http://techreport.com/articles.x/16229/13

176 watts idle

394 load

thats assuming no overclocking

at load 2 295 in sli you are looking at almost 800 watts on the gpu's alone

my concern would actually be that a 1k watt psu isn't enough for dual 295's with the rest of his system thats only 200 watts to split

*edit* i suck at spelling
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 4:06:17 PM

It's GTX285's read the damn post well
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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 4:09:06 PM

g00fysmiley said:
hang-the-9 295's are huge cards that draw alot of power

http://techreport.com/articles.x/16229/13

176 watts idle

394 load

thats assuming no overclocking

at load 2 295 in sli you are looking at almost 800 watts on the gpu's alone

my concern would actually be that a 1k watt psu isn't enough for dual 295's with the rest of his system thats only 200 watts to split

*edit* i suck at spelling


He has a 285, which is under 200 watt max. If it was my cash and I wanted to get the cheapest possible upgrade, I'd get a second 285. All upgrade questions really should come with a budget posted. Looking for an upgrade with $1,000 to spend will have a much different set of answers than for someone with $200.
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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 4:12:10 PM

oh damn my bad, could have sworn it was 295

refrence 285's in sli are still 529 watts in sli (see same link i linked before)

thats still only 221 watts headroom for the reso of the system with a 750, btu a 850watt-1k watt psu would be fine

*add

here's the link again

http://techreport.com/articles.x/16229/13

note the 285 uses much more than 200 watts each

140 watts idle, 332 load

sli mode 2x 285 179 watts idle 529 watts
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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 4:26:59 PM

g00fysmiley said:


refrence 285's in sli are still 529 watts in sli (see same link i linked before)

thats still only 221 watts headroom for the reso of the system with a 750, btu a 850watt-1k watt psu would be fine



The techreport article you linked shows Total System Power, not just the cards in the graphics. "Power consumption
We measured total system power consumption at the wall socket using an "

In the places I have seen :

"In this article, HotHardware takes an in depth look at the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 ... Max board power has been reduced to 183 watts, from 236 watts on the 280"

And Wiki has it listed as 204 watts. :-P (<-- sorry had to add that in hehe)

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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2010 4:31:56 PM

hmm wow my mind is mush today how did i miss that x.x i blame spending 17 hours driving home yesterday chicago to fl

rereading that makes more since as it seemed high to me but i didn't catch it was full system usage

i am wrong :D  has happend before, will probbaly happen again

i appologise for refuting you with benchmarks i didn't read properly hang-the-9 and humble beg your forgivness *bow*
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December 29, 2010 8:44:06 PM

Best answer selected by Xtreme 15.
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December 29, 2010 8:44:37 PM

Thx guys for all your GREAT feedbacks


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a c 273 U Graphics card
December 29, 2010 8:59:34 PM

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