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Force Sli Zotac 660 ti with Asus 660 ?

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December 4, 2012 11:36:47 PM

Hello,

I have just purchased a new motherboard gigabyte z77x-ud5h.

And i am trying to SLI my 2 cards ( the Ti being the one i just purchased recently ) but i do not have the feature to sli on my nvidia control panel.

I have done some searching and turns out i might not be able to sli them through the regular way cause one is Ti ( stupid mistake:(  )

Perhaps there is a way or a modded driver to force sli my cards , through registry or what so.

any help would me much appreciated

I have found this :http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1589...

But unfortunately the drivers are still not modded for the 6xx series yet..

Thanks!
December 4, 2012 11:46:54 PM

Nope, you can't sli two different cards.
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December 5, 2012 12:19:41 AM

You cannot do it send the card back get the same one
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December 5, 2012 12:34:38 AM

As said,
You CAN SLI from two different vendors but BOTH have to be the same model "660"; some cards also have different VRAM which can work but it only bases on the lower number.

As mentioned, it's best to use IDENTICAL cards.

For FUTURE REFERENCE, don't SLI. It's better to spend your money on a single, better card like a GTX670 or GTX680.

In fact, if you have anyway of getting most of your money back, my recommendation would be this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SLI introduces micro-stutter.
Many people still think it's not a big deal. Even when you do NOT notice the stutter directly the game still appears like the frame rate is lower than it really is.

Micro-stutter can be almost completely eliminated with a 3xSLI setup though.
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December 5, 2012 12:38:53 AM

^ why that card i rather have the Top
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December 5, 2012 1:18:29 AM

bigcyco1 said:
^ why that card i rather have the Top


The ASUS TOP is a faster card. I also only found it for $480 but the card I recommended was $360 after MIR. (there is a non-TOP version of the Asus card which looks identical but it's not nearly as fast. The non-TOP is "DC2" and the TOP version is "DC2T".

If the TOP version of the Asus GTX670 is actually $480 you'd be better off buying the TOP GTX680 version like I have (love it) which can be found for $540.

Anyway, I simply didn't know your budget.
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December 5, 2012 1:22:43 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not saying buy the above card.
However, just FYI the card above which I own is IMO still the very best single-GPU card on the market.

It's HUGE (3-slots) but that's because of the large heatsink which helps keep it both fast and quiet.

The equivalent GTX670 version came out at a great price. It then became popular and the price shot up so high that the GTX680 is a much better value (comparing DC2T or "TOP" models).
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December 5, 2012 2:00:45 AM

the 7970 on average performs better than a gtx 680. No I am not saying it is just better, but in most case the ghz edition is now.
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December 5, 2012 2:54:44 AM

photonboy said:
The ASUS TOP is a faster card. I also only found it for $480 but the card I recommended was $360 after MIR. (there is a non-TOP version of the Asus card which looks identical but it's not nearly as fast. The non-TOP is "DC2" and the TOP version is "DC2T".

If the TOP version of the Asus GTX670 is actually $480 you'd be better off buying the TOP GTX680 version like I have (love it) which can be found for $540.

Anyway, I simply didn't know your budget.
o.k. ;) 
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December 5, 2012 3:04:05 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
the 7970 on average performs better than a gtx 680. No I am not saying it is just better, but in most case the ghz edition is now.
That's true and amd has really stepped their game up if somebody asked me to buy a amd card two years ago noway horrible drivers gives me nightmares just thinking about it but now a days i would use amd card no problem.
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December 5, 2012 6:10:44 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
the 7970 on average performs better than a gtx 680. No I am not saying it is just better, but in most case the ghz edition is now.


http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/amd_radeon_hd...

This shows a back and forth between a stock HD7970 and GTX680. So if the price favours the HD7970 sure go that route. Another difficulty is that this is a SMALL selection of games and a larger selection might favour the GTX680.

Borderlands 2 fans should note the difference that PHYSX makes on the NVidia card.

I'm impressed with AMD stepping up their game. There are some ADVANTAGES WITH NVIDIA that AMD really needs to address though:
- PHYSX
- Adaptive VSYNC
- TXAA (hardware support of GTX600 cards for upcoming Anti-Aliasing method in Unreal 4 engine and others)

If you just care about the best, the Asus GTX680 TOP (DC2T) is probably the best single-GPU card. If you are looking for the best VALUE at a lower price point (than $520 for this card) then it's harder to choose especially with different GAME COUPONS as part of the package.

Still, even an HD7850 2GB card is actually pretty awesome in most games on a good system so you really can't go wrong. Just make sure to get a QUALITY brand (Sapphire Tech, Asus, Gigabyte) with after market custom.
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