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Upgrading to SLI soon, need advice!

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May 13, 2012 9:06:33 PM

I'm currently running on a single 560Ti and plan on upgrading soon to SLI.

The motherboard I use is an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.

My question is, should I purchase another 560Ti, or should I save a bit more and buy something like a 680?

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May 13, 2012 9:09:53 PM

Save up a bit more , sell your 560ti and get yourself a 670.

The 560ti SLI is a good set up , dont get me wrong , but you will be stuck with it with no more room to move. (upgrade)

The 670 will give you similar performance to a 560ti SLI, with much less power usage, heat and noise.

I went to a 680 from 560ti SLI and I am really happy with my choice.
May 14, 2012 12:08:33 AM

monsta said:
Save up a bit more , sell your 560ti and get yourself a 670.

The 560ti SLI is a good set up , dont get me wrong , but you will be stuck with it with no more room to move. (upgrade)

The 670 will give you similar performance to a 560ti SLI, with much less power usage, heat and noise.

I went to a 680 from 560ti SLI and I am really happy with my choice.


Wait, do you mean a 680? From what I can tell, the 560ti's in SLI are better than a 670.

Anyway, how would I go about selling my 560TI?
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May 14, 2012 12:17:45 AM

GlassToTheArson said:
Wait, do you mean a 680? From what I can tell, the 560ti's in SLI are better than a 670.

Anyway, how would I go about selling my 560TI?

I agree with monsta. Sure, SLI 560ti's may beat a 670, but the 670 gives you a much better upgrade path, and it's an insanely good deal.
May 14, 2012 12:24:57 AM

cuecuemore said:
I agree with monsta. Sure, SLI 560ti's may beat a 670, but the 670 gives you a much better upgrade path, and it's an insanely good deal.


But as far as performance goes, it doesn't seem like a huge upgrade ya know?

What about a Radeon 7970? It's specs are just a tiny bit lower than the 680, and it's like $30-$40 cheaper.
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May 14, 2012 2:16:13 AM

I would argue that a 670 is not an upgrade at all (over SLI) and a 680 is not that big of an upgrade over another 560ti in SLI, for what that upgrade is going to cost! At about $230, adding another 560ti will bring you a big bang for the amount you are going to spend. Sure the 680 is better, but is it $300 more than another 560ti better? I think not. You may even be able to find a 560ti used for around $200 if you look hard and/or count rebates in. When you look at the money you are going to spend for a 680 ($500+ US) another 560ti starts looking pretty good. I vote get another 560ti, put it in SLI, run it for another year.
May 14, 2012 2:17:53 AM

jitpublisher said:
I would argue that a 670 is not an upgrade at all (over SLI) and a 680 is not that big of an upgrade over another 560ti in SLI, for what that upgrade is going to cost! At about $230, adding another 560ti will bring you a big bang for the amount you are going to spend. Sure the 680 is better, but is it $300 more than another 560ti better? I think not. You may even be able to find a 560ti used for around $200 if you look hard and/or count rebates in. When you look at the money you are going to spend for a 680 ($500+ US) another 560ti starts looking pretty good. I vote get another 560ti, put it in SLI, run it for another year.


That's what I'm really leaning toward. Now will I need to upgrade my motherboard to get the full potential out of both cards?
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May 14, 2012 2:22:32 AM

No. Your board is just fine, actually quite good.
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May 14, 2012 2:25:47 AM

670 vs 560ti SLI:
May 14, 2012 2:35:15 AM

Looking at gpureview.com it says that the pixel and texture fill rates are higher on the 560 SLI, but the FLOPS on the 670 are significantly higher. Unfortunately I have no clue what any of that means :p  I just see higher numbers and think better performance, lol.
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May 14, 2012 2:56:27 AM

My 560ti's are the EVGA super clocked versions of the original 560ti's, but I just ran the benchmark and got 8623. It's up to you GlassToTheArson, and your budget.
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May 14, 2012 2:58:50 AM

I agree its up to you at the end of the day , either route is a good choice.
May 14, 2012 2:59:26 AM

jitpublisher said:
My 560ti's are the EVGA super clocked versions of the original 560ti's, but I just ran the benchmark and got 8623. It's up to you GlassToTheArson, and your budget.


Will GIGABYTE 560 TI's give me similar performance? I think that the second 560 TI is what I'll go with.
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May 14, 2012 3:06:24 AM

Yes the gigabyte ones will give you similar performance as they are clocked high , I had the Gigabyte 560ti's in SLI and they were fast.
May 14, 2012 3:10:11 AM

monsta said:
Yes the gigabyte ones will give you similar performance as they are clocked high , I had the Gigabyte 560ti's in SLI and they were fast.


Well then I think I've made my decision :)  Thank you guys so much for your advice! You saved me $250, lol.
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May 14, 2012 3:12:28 AM

GlassToTheArson said:
Will GIGABYTE 560 TI's give me similar performance? I think that the second 560 TI is what I'll go with.


My graphics clocks on my SC cards are running at 850mhz. If yours are running at stock, you can easily bring them up to these speeds. I am not trying to talk you out of a 680GTX if that fits your budget, just saying that the 560ti's in SLI can pump out some pretty darn good numbers for only $200 layout on top of what you have. And to me right now, in your situation, unless you have just have the extra money laying around burning a hole in your pocket, seems like the best value for money spent, and they will play anything out there on max/ultra, or very close to max/ultra settings at frame rates that are enjoyable to play.
May 14, 2012 4:01:20 AM

jitpublisher said:
My graphics clocks on my SC cards are running at 850mhz. If yours are running at stock, you can easily bring them up to these speeds. I am not trying to talk you out of a 680GTX if that fits your budget, just saying that the 560ti's in SLI can pump out some pretty darn good numbers for only $200 layout on top of what you have. And to me right now, in your situation, unless you have just have the extra money laying around burning a hole in your pocket, seems like the best value for money spent, and they will play anything out there on max/ultra, or very close to max/ultra settings at frame rates that are enjoyable to play.



Yea, currently my budget only supports the 560ti.

Oh and this is the thread I put up about OC'ing. Stock my card runs at 822 mhz.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/275661-29-issues-over...
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