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GTX 560 ti SLI: two different GPU brands

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 30, 2012 6:03:37 PM

Hello, I'm fresh into world of multiple GPU-s, so have patience :) 

I own a MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Twin Frozr II OC, and so far it has served me well.

I'm considering making a SLI by adding another GTX 560 ti, I have found used one for a nice price. The problem is, that this second GPU is not the same brand, it is Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB OC

Yes, I have read FAQ-s about SLI and I know, that you can combine two different brands, but I'm having second thoughts:
- first of all, is Gigabyte GTX 560 ti a good card? Are there any known issues?
- both of these GPU-s have its own software, how do you deal with that?
- MSI has MSI afterburner software for overclocking/setting GPU clock, has Gigabyte got something similar?
- Are there any known issues about combining these two brands in a SLI?

I have read, that many recommend using exactly the same GPU-s for SLI, but a used MSI 560 ti Twin Frozr is really hard to find, at least here where I come from (Slovenia, Europe). More VRAM really isn't important to me, I'm only an ocassional gamer, with a single 1920x1080 screen.

My configuration is:
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 Sockel 1155
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 3 rev. B
RAM: Corsair 8GB KIT PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 CL9 Vengeance
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1000GB SATA III
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO 750W 80+ Bronze ATX 2.3
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550

Thanks for all your answers in advance.

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August 30, 2012 6:03:54 PM

The cards should work fine, you have nothing to worry about.