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

Can Three GeForce GTX 760s Take Two 780s?

Our tests show that, while a pair of GeForce GTX 760s offers better overall performance than a single 780, two 780s easily best a trio of GeForce GTX 760s. This pursuit of more performance ends with two 780s in SLI. But what about value?

Thanks to Nvidia's recent price drops, one GeForce GTX 780 now offers better value than a pair of GTX 760s. The 780's value story gets even better in SLI, where a three-way array of 760s is soundly defeated. Once again, though, we see that the $1200 of supporting parts have a normalizing effect on the above chart.

The problem I see with basing value charts on the price of one component is that you need an entire machine to back it up. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760 would have given us the highest value if the rest of the system was free, but the only way that GK104-based board can beat the 780's value is if our supporting configuration sold for less than $200.

We planned this comparison as a hunt for the best graphics value back when Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 was twice as expensive as the 760, but lost that aspect of the article when the company slashed prices on its highest-end cards to contend with AMD's introductions. We were hoping the three-way 760-based setup would still give us a performance advantage, but that didn’t work out either. And while a pair of GeForce GTX 760s outperform the single 780, the extra speed isn't worth the now-higher price, in my opinion. My best performance recommendation to Nvidia fans with $500-600 to spend is to start with the GeForce GTX 780 and forget about SLI until prices come down even more.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.