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Should I go with dual 550 Ti SLI or just one HD6950?

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June 20, 2012 10:15:29 PM

In my build my budget for the video card is $260. I was looking at the options and was wondering if I would get better performance with two 550 Ti's in SLI or a single HD6950. I'm going to use this build primarily for gaming. Thanks in advance.

Actually I was just looking a little more and it looks like an HD7850 also runs about $260. Would one of those be better than two 550 Ti's that are SLI?

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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 10:37:28 PM

I can't say on the Nvidia side as I have not used them since the HD3850 but I am very happy with my Sapphire HD 6950. I had a Nvidia 560 in my Intel rig but because of driver problems I put it back in the box and got another 6950 for that rig to.

My Sapphire HD 6950 has no problems with any game I have played you would not go wrong getting it.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 10:41:52 PM

Go with the single card, whether it's the 7580 or 6950.
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 10:42:14 PM

The 550 Ti will be a tiny bit faster. Probably just a couple FPS in most games.

On the other hand, a pair of 550 Tis use a lot more power than a 6950, and will require a better power supply. Micro stuttering is also a potential issue with the SLI setup, and not all games respond well to SLI right after release.

You also get a relatively cheap upgrade path with the 6950, as you can add a second for CF later, while upgrading from the 550 Ti SLI setup will require buying a much more expensive card. If you're not planning on upgrading in the next year or two, though, that's not much of an issue.

Basically, I don't think it's worth it to SLI low end cards to get a 5% performance advantage over a single mid-range card that costs the same.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 12:06:47 AM

The 6950 will do better for gaming. My friend has 2 550Ti's and I have a 6950, and my 6950 just about matches his computer.
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July 4, 2012 12:25:21 PM

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July 4, 2012 3:55:41 PM

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