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2 gtx 550ti or gtx 560ti or 6870

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October 30, 2011 7:15:36 AM

Ok I need to upgrade from my gtx 550ti, my question is should i get another 550ti and sli it or go with either the 560ti or a 6870? My budget is $200 max. The only games i play are Microsoft Flight Simulator X, and X Plane 9. So if you were me which option would you go for? Also if you have a better card in my price range of MAX $200 not a penny more (wife will kill me) let me know as well.
Fsx is not maxxing the cpu it runs around 75% at 30fps with high to medium High Settings
As far as my pc setup is.

CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 6 Cores - 6 Threads
CPU PSN : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor
CPU EXT : MMX(+), 3DNow!(+), SSE (1, 2, 3, 4A), x86-64, AMD-V
CPUID : F.A.0 / Extended : 10.A
CPU Cache : L1 : 6 x 64 / 6 x 64 KB - L2 : 6 x 512 KB
CPU Cache : L3 : 6144 KB
Core : Thuban (45 nm) / Stepping : PH-E0
Freq : 3221.5 MHz (201.34 * 16)
MB Brand : Gigabyte
MB Model : GA-990XA-UD3
NB : ATI ID5A14 rev 02
SB : AMD SB850 rev 40
GPU Type : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GPU Clocks : Core 900 MHz / RAM 2052 MHz
DirectX Version : 11.0
RAM : 16384 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
RAM Speed : 671.1 MHz (3:10) @ 9-9-9-24
Slot 1 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 2 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 3 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 3 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 4 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 4 Manufacturer : G.Skill
C: Drive: OCZ Agility 2 180gb ssd
October 30, 2011 7:24:50 AM

forgot to add my display is a hp2508b 25'' 1920x1080
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October 30, 2011 7:40:44 AM

A second 550ti would certainly give you the most performance, but i don't think you can use SLI on that motherboard so you are a bit stuck.

a 560ti is mroe powerful than a 6870, and overclocks very well. I'd go with one. however, if you can sell your 550ti maybe you could grab a 570 or 6970?
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October 30, 2011 8:09:16 AM

aha, my bad. I just assumed it didn't because it wasn't an nforce. Didn't realise they put out the new AMD chipsets with SLI support yet.

in that case, go the SLI route. you'll certainly get more performance than a minor upgrade.
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October 30, 2011 8:14:47 AM

Gtx 560ti or the 6950 1Gb version
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October 30, 2011 8:15:26 AM

as much as i hate them sometimes i went out of my way to find benchmarks out of curiosity. I think, if your game/card supports, i'd go with the sli set up. i also saw a couple of other sites... google them in sli and compare to 560. but if i remember, the flight sim is cpu bound more than gpu bound..... you'll have to look.

this is from tweaktown''.............

Sure, in the end it's not as good a value as the same card when it comes down to the pure FPS, but you're talking about a setup that plays 1680 x 1050 easily and performs here and there at 1920 x 1200 to a setup that plays 1920 x 1200 easily and performs here and there at 2560 x 1600.


If you're gaming at 1920 x 1080, this ends up being a really great setup for you and because the pricing of the higher end models aren't as aggressive, the dual card setup ends up being a better buy than the single higher end one, and that's what we're seeing here today.


SLI, at least in two card form, really causes no headache. Now if you've got a compatible motherboard you can get performance equal to and sometimes better than a single GTX 570 for less. The great thing about the Palit offering as well is while it does run a little warmer, it's only because the fan speed's so slow that the setup is near silent.


When you think about it, having the same performance as a HD 6970 or GTX 570 with almost no noise is just a dream for some people. Obviously the noise factor is going to change from
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October 30, 2011 8:42:28 AM



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October 30, 2011 10:56:43 AM

gnomio i don't see the sli 550 benchmarks in those graphs. so no comparison.
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October 30, 2011 1:20:38 PM

I would like to see some SLI benchmarks myself for the 550ti, (even better, on that AMD board would interesting indeed) but at this point, I would still venture to say your best value would be to buy another 550ti and go SLI.
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October 30, 2011 1:54:42 PM

the guy above muddled it with those charts but go to tweaktown and guru3d to see sli benches for the 550.
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October 30, 2011 2:20:32 PM

Here is the tweaktom link for the 550ti benches currently on the mafia 2 benches.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3936/palit_geforce_gtx...

I also advise getting another 550, as it is the cheapest option and provides typically better performance compared to your alternatives. The 550 option serves as the best bang for the buck.
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October 31, 2011 3:08:26 AM

It doesn't really matter what brand you get. If you get one with higher clocks, it will be downclocked to the level of the other card, so don't pay extra for that.

I would recomend getting an external vented one, just because it means the temps are less of a problem with SLI. If both card are dumping air into the case, they will run much hotter than if one (or both) are externally venting the air.

though just go with whatever's easiest. I personally prefer to have two matching cards. I plan to get another twin frozr edition, even though i know the temps will be less than ideal. I just want my system to look cool. (lame, i know)
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October 31, 2011 4:33:30 AM

Ok cool. all the gtx550 ti's are rear vented, well atleast all that i have seen.
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October 31, 2011 4:41:45 AM

I'm pretty sure the ones you linked are all vented into the case. Just because there is a vent grille, doesn't mean its a rear exhaust. usually only the ones with a complete shroud are full on rear exhaust.

either way though, it's not going to make a huge difference, just go with whatever one you like.
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October 31, 2011 4:49:27 AM

the one i have in it now, has a full shroud and hot air comes out of the vents, i am sure it leaks some out of the shroud. which is a new version of the cheap one newegg has that's rectified.
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December 23, 2011 11:14:34 AM

bhilly82 said:
ok, i think i will go the sli route. With that said, should i get the same card a PNY gtx550ti 1gb? Or can I get any gtx 550ti? I have the reference one. Can I get a overclocked one or should i get another reference card? Here are the cards I am looking at getting. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hi Bhilly82

It seems SLI won't give you anything in x-plane http://wiki.x-plane.com/SLI/Crossfire_and_X-Plane. I actually thought about upgrading to a GTX550ti, but if you have poor performance, i will give it second thoughts.

Merry xmas!

/Jan
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