Upgrading my GTX 260 core 216 Tri-SLI, Budget up to $250 per card.

Upgrading my GTX 260 core 216 Tri-SLI, Budget up to $250 per card.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Really just shopping around at the moment, trying to see what my options are.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphic Design, heavy illustrator usage with large amounts of layers, model rendering, Entertainment

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Currently I have 3 EVGA GTX 260 core 216 cards in tri-sli and a corsair 1000w power supply.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: EVGA x58 Classified 3 Way SLI board, i7 CPU @ 3.5ghz, 6gb of corsair trichannel ram (looking to upgrade to 12gb soon),


PARTS PREFERENCES: I like Asus and EVGA products, they have never let me down, but as I said, I'm shopping around. I am used to working with NVidia cards.... But I wouldn't mind changing it up. *shrugs*



MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 3 monitors all at 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like some cards with nice cooling options and lifetime warrantee would be nice. *shrugs*
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  1. Your board does not support crossfire so AND is out.

    What's the actual budget? your only real option is 2 670s which would be $800
  2. At most I could work with $900 for the cards so that might work nicely.
  3. Grab a pair of 670's for SLI
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    Two non reference 560 Ti's fit the per card budget, scale really well in SLI and ya can overclock the bejeeezes outta them, but can't do tri SLI

    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD - $220 after MIR

    If ya can throw another $100 at it ($860 total) ....get two now and another later

    ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $430 each

    Being the "top dog", the Asus model is very hard to catch "in stock". Next up would be the Gigabyte as well as the EVGA SC and FTW models
    EVGA SC Boost Clock is 1046 outta the box....stable at 1200 Mhz
    EVGA SC gets 3DMark Score of 8691 outta the box and 9443 OC'd
    Idle temp is 29C / load temp is 78C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 43 dBA under load
    Asus TOP Boost Clock is 1137 outta the box .... stable at 1280 Mhz
    Asus gets 3DMark Score of 9340 outta the box and 9839 OC'd
    Idle temp is 30C / load temp is 72C
    Noise is 37 dBA Idle / 38 dBA under load

    That makes the Asus 7% faster outta the box than the EVGA SC, 6C cooler and almost 1/4 as loud under load (every 3 dBA is a doubling of sound level). The FTW is slightly faster than the SC, leaving the Asus model w/ just a 5% performance advantage

    The 660 Ti would appear to meet your original target, but I don't recall if tri-SLI was an option.
  5. @JackNaylorPE Thank you so much for your help! XD This is great info to work with.
  6. Cataea said:
    At most I could work with $900 for the cards so that might work nicely.

    2 4GB GTX 670 in SLI may be your best bet, they would stampede over your tri-SLI setup and because you do a lot of editing, rendering stuff, the 4GB VRAM should help you if you are running three monitors.

    EVGA 4GB GTX 670 SC

    There are no 4GB ASUS cards on Newegg atm. You can always throw in a third GTX 670 later down the road for Tri-SLI.
  7. 800$..

    You want cooling options?

    2 670's in standard cooling.


    2 Hydrocopper 570 or 580's (assuming you dont count in the rest of the watercooling parts)

    Both setups will bulldose anything you throw at it paired with an i7.
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