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If i Sli wil i see much improvement?

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May 26, 2011 1:38:50 AM

Hey guys, Im wanting to sli my msi hawk gtx 460... but the question is , do i have an enough powerful of a PC to see an improvement? As of right now i have a single gtx 460 hawk 1gb, an intel core i5 750 clocked at 3.00ghz, 8gb of 1333 corsair xms3 ram, and a corsair 750w psu. Also an asus p7p55d-e pro motherboard... Any help would be grateful guys. Thanks-Justin.

Games I play..(Incase it is needed)
*Black Ops, CoD4, Bad company 2, LFD2, Crysis 2, and Vindictus...


I game mostly, but also render a decent amount of videos.

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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 1:41:56 AM

The i5 is more than enough for the 460's and you'll see a big boost although it varies game to game.
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 2:30:51 AM

What is your resolution? I would say if you are at 1080p or above it's worthwhile, a single 460 can't maintain 60 fps maxed out at 1080p on all those those games. It will definately speed up video rendering if you have cuda compatable software.
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May 26, 2011 2:46:08 AM

Thanks to both of you for the quick replies! I am playing on a 1080p monitor and I use all the adobe cs5 programs and 3DS max. The only thing stopping me from buying Is that someone told me the mobo pci slots are not fast enough so I wouldn't see a difference? Can someone clarify that please. Thanks.
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May 26, 2011 3:22:45 AM

Also would Sli heat up my case alot more? My single 460 idles at 29c and hardly ever reaches 60c
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 4:47:14 AM

It will heat up some, especially the top card, but if your case is well ventilated it won't be an issue, your temps are pretty low. The PCI-E slots running at 8x+8x in SLI isn't a big deal, it's like 1 or 2% slower than 16x+16x.
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May 26, 2011 11:15:46 AM

Oh alrigt thank you! Will the i5 bottle neck me in Sli?
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a c 148 U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 12:50:37 PM

Boom44 said:
Oh alrigt thank you! Will the i5 bottle neck me in Sli?


i don't think so. but you can try overclock your cpu more just to eliminate any possible bottleneck effect for the SLI setup
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2011 6:20:55 PM

I have a q9550 which is slower than your i5 and GTX 465s in SLI (similar performance to 460s) and all my games are at least 50% faster with SLI on, some are close to 90% faster, so no, the i5 isn't going to be a bottleneck.
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May 26, 2011 7:59:53 PM

Alright thanks for all the quick answers guys! I guess i will invest in a 2nd 460 then. Thanks everyone.
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