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.
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.
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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
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.
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)
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.