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Crossfire / SLI Power of 6850 and 550ti

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April 14, 2012 10:54:29 PM

Can anyone tell me the strength of these two setups for gaming?

Crossfire 6850

and SLI
GTX 550 Ti


I was hoping someone might know approximately which single card would equal the power of each setup. (One or two similar powered cards for each setup, not both)

I know the 6850 is more powerful but some people prefer GTX and these are the best cards I can at reasonable prices.

If I look at any other cards that are more powerful then these, the discount is a much lower percentage.
a c 1385 U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 10:59:01 PM

If you can get 2 x GTX550Ti or 2 x HD6850 then you can afford a single more powerful card which is a better solution!
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April 15, 2012 12:16:13 AM

+1rolli59
but between 2 x GTX550Ti or 2 x HD6850 the 2 x HD6850 is better setup...
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April 15, 2012 12:22:41 AM

There's no benefit in crossfiring two weak cards. Always go for a single more powerful card
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April 15, 2012 12:49:31 AM

HD6850 weak???
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a c 181 U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 2:00:47 AM

There is a little benefit when you SLI two weak cards and that is you still have two weak cards and not much improvement Just a little but like said above. If you have the money to buy two cards.

Then you have enough to buy one bigger card. I have two 550 Ti's in SLI and it does better than one 550 and it is better than 6770 on down. I can play a lot of games but none of the top games of today.

With out having a lot of problems. The games I can play are RPG and Strategy type games. So I would buy a GTX 560 Ti or a HD 6870 or higher. That is with in range of what two cards would cost as to one.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=330

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=541
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a c 88 U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 3:03:47 AM

Yes they are weak, you run into more probllems and its a waste of money, why bother when you can get a much better single card solution and then be able to crossfire or SLI it later, anything under a 560ti or 6950 in dual card operation in my opinion is not worth it.
Grab yourself a decent card first go unless you are on a tight budget or have an older computer which cannot take the stronger cards.
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April 15, 2012 3:11:45 AM

The best time to go SLI is when the cheaper option to get more performace is to buy a second card.

I bought a 460 for 220 bucks when it first came out, just the other day i picked up a second one for 105 bucks and almost double my performance.

The other options is when your going for the best of the best, then you get two 680's and sli them for a retarded amount of money.

That being said, i'm a big fan of Nvidia and would go the GTX way.
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April 15, 2012 3:24:27 AM

I just bought a second 550Ti for SLI cuz NewEgg had a sale, wound up like $80 after MIR. People like to sit and hate one SLI for weaker cards. Think of it this way.

SLI of weaker cards is good if you can only afford one weaker card at first, then a few months later have enough to buy a second card to SLI.

BUT...

If you choose between 2 Lower cards for multi GPU OR a single higher end card, go with the higher end card as you can later buy a second one of those for multi GPU system. 2 Lower end cards will require more power and better case cooling (as they put out more heat) than a single higher end card.

SLI was initially made for only top of the line cards, then enabled on lower end cards because it allowed people who couldn't afford those higher end cards to get comprable quality in games.
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May 11, 2012 3:44:52 PM

so a 560ti equal two 550ti's on sli ?
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a c 181 U Graphics card
May 11, 2012 11:08:46 PM

No they don't the 560 ti is still faster and better then two 550 tis in sli.
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May 22, 2012 12:10:51 AM

Best answer selected by alohascott.
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