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2x550ti or will this work?

Okay so i am still trying to set up sli for the first time here are my options.

#1 2x evga 550 ti's ( i realize these are slow but with 2 shouldn't i be good?) and i COULD make it three someday.

#2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130770 this card and a 550 ti, which in theory should work since they are both 1gb, and 192 bandwidth (or that's how i understand it currently)

#3 or.... Should i just get a 560 like these and pair it up later?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683 MUCH better but much more money

Basically i think if #2 will work it MIGHT be my best option for price/performance. #3 will be fine with me if its my best option but #1 is probably the easiest since i can pick one up at walmart today if i want!

Thanks for any input and i will select best answer if someone can tell me if #2 will work!!!
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  1. well considering that 2 550ti's ARE a 560ti they would SLIGHTLY outperform 1 560...


    and NO that 560 will not sli with a 550ti....you understand it incorrectly...

    it seems like you have a thing for evga... if thats the case the 2gb 560ti is your best bet here......money well spent and will out perform the 550ti sli in higher res higher setting games

    however if it was my money.... id either wait for a 660 to come out, or get the 7850 from amd.... both choices will outperform all you (and i previously) had listed

    good luck....

    bTx
  2. Well i am looking to do SLI not crossfire and i guess i do have a thing for evga/nvidia but that doesnt mean im not open to other brands!

    The first 2 cards posted are great yes but i think i would like to save some money here.

    Please explain WHY those 2 cards won't work... a 560ti 192 bandwith adn 1gb/ 550ti same bandwidth and ram? i believe both are DDR5 so whats the issue?

    Also let me say i WANT to use two cards more out of curiosity than anything else but as it says on my newegg wishlist.... SLI WILL HAPPEN.

    Thanks for all answers guys much appreciated!
  3. Hello.

    If BF3 is your major concern, then GTX480 is the best option here (like recon-uk said).
    Nvidia is very strong in this title.

    550ti in SLI is not recommended, cause it will have lesser performance (both from gpu cores and from 1GB VRAM), and generally you might see some stuttering and stability issues.

    And one more thing that I saw noone mention it.
    550ti cannot be 3-way SLI. From 5xx series only GF110 chips can do that.
  4. I will be playing guild wars 2, tera, and diablo 3. Probably not bf3.

    will 2 550's work fine for these games because it will cost me wtice as much tog et a 480.

    Will 2 550 ti's perform the same as a regular 250-280$ 384 cuda core 560 because that's all i need to be happy... had a galaxy 560 and i loved it... till the red dots appeared =(
  5. Quote:
    I am sure a single 560 is more than enough for those titles.
    I apologise for the 480 properganda :D, just trying to get you the best performance for your dosh.


    no need to apologize it definitely is the best price to performance ratio.

    im just thinking since i have a 990fx asrock extreme 3 it will run both cards at x16 which should equal slightly better than a 1gb 560... more like a 2gb 560.. or am i understanding how SLI works incorrectly?
  6. badtaylorx said:
    well considering that 2 550ti's ARE a 560ti they would SLIGHTLY outperform 1 560...


    and NO that 560 will not sli with a 550ti....you understand it incorrectly...

    it seems like you have a thing for evga... if thats the case the 2gb 560ti is your best bet here......money well spent and will out perform the 550ti sli in higher res higher setting games

    however if it was my money.... id either wait for a 660 to come out, or get the 7850 from amd.... both choices will outperform all you (and i previously) had listed

    good luck....

    bTx


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y21AtDrNa6Y

    this shows 2 550's in sli performing as well as a 570 FYI.
  7. Best answer selected by adambeau.
  8. Quote:
    3-way SLi and Quad-SLi is available to all series, from the 8800 series upwards.

    Yes 550Ti will stutter and choke badly in games such as BF3.


    You should inform Nvidia then cause they don't know this :non:

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-550ti/specifications

    SLI Options: 2-way
  9. Quote:
    Quote
    "From 5xx series only GF110 chips can do that."


    Where is the wrong with this?
  10. Memnarchon said:
    And one more thing that I saw noone mention it.
    550ti cannot be 3-way SLI. From 5xx series only GF110 chips can do that.


    Quote:
    3-way SLi and Quad-SLi is available to all series, from the 8800 series upwards.


    Quote:
    Never said the 550Ti can do 3 or 4-way SLi... :heink:


    I think you did.

    But its okie. My point was that the op shouldn't considering buying 3rd 550ti as he was refering cause it will not be able to do 3-way sli.
  11. Quote:
    I pointed out that not only the 500 series can do more than 2-way SLi..
    Nothing to do with 550Ti's

    I never said they can't. That's why I said "from 5xx series"... I refered especially at the 5xx that the op planned to do 550ti 3-way. it's on his 1st option if you didn't read it.

    Anyway, the op decided so it's okie. :)
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