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560Ti 448 SLI vs 660Ti

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August 17, 2012 4:14:07 PM

Hi All,

I currently own a 560Ti 448 (Evga Classified) but would like to take advantage of surround displays which means either purchasing another 560 Ti 448 or a 660Ti. I've read the reviews of the 660Ti and it seems like a pretty nice card, but I'm still unsure whether or not it'd be more powerful than two 560 Ti 448 GPUs. All the reviews seem to compare it to 570s and 560s.

Any here have an opinion? They seem to be identically priced.

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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 4:31:42 PM

I would SLI 2 x 560 Ti's
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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2012 4:43:09 PM

The problem with the 560 ti 448 for surround is its 1280mb of ram. For pushing triple-monitor resolutions you'll want a card with 2gb or more. Putting two together won't solve the ram problem. Very powerful GPU power, but too little ram for triple monitors.

The problem with the 660ti in surround is its 192-bit memory bus. The GTX 680 already shows some weakness at triple monitor resolutions due to its 256-bit bus, so the 660ti would struggle. It'd probably be good in SLI, but for triple-monitor, it's not ideal.

My advice: Sell the 560ti 448 and buy a pair of radeon 7950s. Probably out of your price range though. Another alternative would be to buy a single 7970, OC it, and when the price is right add another (or do the same with a 7950 again depending on budget). A single 7950 or 7970 will run triple monitors surprisingly well but with reduced settings.
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August 17, 2012 4:56:58 PM

if you have 2 of GTX 560 ti 448 so i think you should not sell these bcz it's a pretty good gfx too.
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August 17, 2012 7:13:34 PM

To use surround wouldn't you need to purchase 2 660s? I was under the impression that surround on nVidia cards required two GPUs.
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August 17, 2012 7:19:58 PM

I do believe that the 600 series is the first nVidia has put out that can drive more than two cards at once.

As for switching to AMD, I'm not sure I can bring myself to do that. Last AMD card I had was nothing but problems and I swore I'd never go back. I've had tons of nVidia cards and loved them all.

I probably shouldn't be loyal to a brand though.
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August 17, 2012 7:21:46 PM

omacaco said:
To use surround wouldn't you need to purchase 2 660s? I was under the impression that surround on nVidia cards required two GPUs.


With the GTX 6xx series cards, that's not necessary. The older 5xx series cards could only output to two monitors at a time, but the number of displays went up to four with the 6xx cards. So with a 660 Ti, you can run 3 screens in surround with the fourth screen as an accessory.
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August 17, 2012 7:51:26 PM

For Surround Monitor performance you will need a Good base GPU with enough VRAM and a wide enough memory interface, the latter of which the 660Ti pales in.

The 660ti is basically a 670 with a slimmer memory interface of 192-bit, compared to the 670's 256-bit. You will definitively see the impact when your run multiple monitors. Firstly, you will need to tell us what you are using your computer for. If you are gaming, you definitely need a wide memory interface, which would warrant the purchase of a pair of 7950s, or a 7970, both effectively doubling the 660ti's memory interface to 384-bit from 192-bit and increasing the VRAM count to 3GB . All cards with run 3 monitors natively I believe.
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August 18, 2012 1:00:22 AM

Gaming and development, mainly. On the dev side, Visual Studio, so nothing to GPU intense there. On the gaming side: Skyrim and Battlefield 3, so the more bang for my buck, the better. BF3 runs pretty nice right now on a single monitor, and Skyrim runs in ultra.
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August 19, 2012 6:08:32 PM

Alright, it seems that the consensus is that a single 660 isn't going to be nearly powerful enough to do surround at any decent resolution.

So, I guess the better question at this point would be, is it worthwhile purchasing another GTX 560 Ti 448 with the intention of running them in SLI configuration for surround gaming. Would these two be powerful enough to run BF3 at a decent setting?

Alternatively, I guess I could try to sell the GPU I have and upgrading to a 680. That's probably outside my price range though.
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August 19, 2012 8:42:48 PM

notanumber said:
Alright, it seems that the consensus is that a single 660 isn't going to be nearly powerful enough to do surround at any decent resolution.

So, I guess the better question at this point would be, is it worthwhile purchasing another GTX 560 Ti 448 with the intention of running them in SLI configuration for surround gaming. Would these two be powerful enough to run BF3 at a decent setting?

Alternatively, I guess I could try to sell the GPU I have and upgrading to a 680. That's probably outside my price range though.


I can run bf3, crysis 2, skyrim, etc at ultra on one 560ti448. SLI 448s will run just about anything currently available at ultra with a great frame rate, for sure at 1080p, probably still with 2 or 3 monitors.

Also I'm a bit confused when people talking about surround vs multi monitor setups. I have two 1080 screens connected to my one 560ti448 with no slowdowns when running BF3 on one and internet or video, etc on the other. However when talking about surround, as in playing a game on more than one monitor, the nvidia control panel doesn't even give me the option of surround because I only have one gpu.
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August 19, 2012 9:28:23 PM

Surround would allow me to run BF3 at 5760x1080 with the game on all three monitors rather than one.
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August 29, 2012 12:46:13 AM

Best answer selected by notanumber.
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