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SLI Scaling: Can Three GeForce GTX 760s Beat Two 780s?

Results: Battlefield 3

Although most of us made the switch to Battlefield 4 as soon as the game came out, we still have a lot of unpublished data with Battlefield 3. This story represents the tail end of our BF3 testing. Two GeForce GTX 760s beat a single 780 at every resolution, though even one 760 looks like it could carry these settings.

A closer look at frame rate over time indicates that the GeForce GTX 760 really is adequate for the High preset at 5760x1080. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 is slightly better, but the SLI configurations all stumble at one point in the benchmark.

Three GeForce GTX 760s amazingly make somewhat of a high-resolution recovery using DICE's Ultra quality preset, though a pair of GeForce GTX 780s is both faster and cheaper.

That one stumbling point in the benchmark remains however, and a single 760 proves its alacrity by sustaining more than 20 FPS throughout the test. The GeForce GTX 780 is even faster; it's also smoother than any of the SLI-based configurations.

Anyone looking to run in Surround will want the two GeForce GTX 780s, which sustain more than 60 FPS through most of our benchmark. 

  • Zac Lloyd-Jones
    Very interesting article. Would have been great to have the GTX 770 SLI'd in there for comparison :).
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  • rolli59
    Agree with the conclusion totally since after the price drop on the GTX780 I stopped recommending dual GTX760 over the GTX780.
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  • Amdlova
    770 is the 680 with more hz... 760 is a new nvidia product is a 660ti with more muscle. 760 = 670 in power
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  • iam2thecrowe
    there are some major fps drops in the sli configurations on bf3, wonder why? did that happen on the single monitor solution? and in other games? crap like that is why i switched my sli config out for a better single card.
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  • airplanegeek
    would've been interesting to see the 2GB cards in SLI also
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  • Crashman
    12245834 said:
    there are some major fps drops in the sli configurations on bf3, wonder why? did that happen on the single monitor solution? and in other games? crap like that is why i switched my sli config out for a better single card.
    I checked and found 1 stuck frame on the GTX 780 SLI at 1920x1080. It lasted far less than a second and dropped FPS from 200 (capped) to 54.
    12245939 said:
    would've been interesting to see the 2GB cards in SLI also
    Yes, but the problem is that it's hard to find six cards laying around (three of each), and we quit buying 2GB cards for 3-way SLI a couple years back when they started running out of memory at 2560x1600. It got worse in Surround mode.
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  • bystander
    I noticed in Tomb Raider that 780 SLI was broken, yet 760 SLI worked well. 780 SLI had worse scores than a single 780 using Surround setups, yet the 760 SLI worked with surround setups quite well. I wonder what is up with that.
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  • iam2thecrowe
    12246217 said:
    I noticed in Tomb Raider that 780 SLI was broken, yet 760 SLI worked well. 780 SLI had worse scores than a single 780 using Surround setups, yet the 760 SLI worked with surround setups quite well. I wonder what is up with that.

    weird sh!t sometimes happens with multi-card setups. i have owned both crossfire and sli in the last couple years, and now i'm dead set on single card is the only way to go, only takes one game not to work properly to ruin your day. Multi card for me, is only for when the best card available isn't powerful enough for you, or maybe second best card as the best is often overpriced ridiculously.
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  • giovanni86
    Waiting for Maxwell. Prices on both sides need to come down. Best for single GPU's was $500 with dual gpu's being double the price, i miss old prices.
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  • Au_equus
    How about 2x 760 v 780 ti and 3x 780 v 2x 780 ti?
    http://www.ocaholic.ch/modules/smartsection/item.php?page=0&itemid=1172
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