Should I upgrade or SLI
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January 1, 2012, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brockville, ON
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Not that the 295 is a bad card, but the 4 and especially 5 series and soon to be 6 or 7 series whatever they call it, just offer so much more performance, use less power(more or less) and run cooler(more or less) I would go with win 7 64 bit, and go for a GTX580 3gb if you can afford it, or one of the fancier cards, there is lots to choose from, 560Ti or 560 448 are best bets for performance/$ but sheer performance would be 560 2 win, 580 3gb or 590, 2 sli lower cards as 560Ti are sick fast as well. All depends on the coin you can throw around. I would wait as long as you can for all the new Radeons to come out, and Nvidia should be showing thier new stuff soon enough, I would make up my mind then.
Dont forget SLI scaling depends on the card, generation, and most importantly the game/drivers, I know many of my buds that use 200-400-500 sereis that have performance issues going through different driver sets in RAGE, Crysis 2, Skyrim, and even BC2, where they would get 0 perforamance benefit over a single card through multiple driver sets, nothing is perfect after all, dont count on something that relies on drivers to work well, untill there is a 100% hardware based in the card itself, I personally will not spend that kind of $ on cards that may not work at least 80% of the time better then a single card no matter what I am doing.
Example a dual core vs quad core cpu, the scaling or IPC is just very reasonable on a quad core vs the dual and only make sence to pay the extra costs to do that, so why can it not be like this in SLI or Crossfire?
My System Specs
ASUS M5A99X EVO
PII 955BE C3 max 4.34 Ghz 1.435v HT 2.182 CPU-NB 2867 MX4 CM Hyper 212+ push/pull stock fan
G Skill 2x4 8gb RipjawX 1866 9,10,9,27,42 1.5v at 1787 9,9,9,25,34 1.51v
MSI TFIII 7870 OC running 825/1005 .881V 58% fan 56c, 983/1375 core/mem 1.150V 74% fan 64c, 1267/1535 1.232V 87% fan 74c gaming stable one of lowest volt/high clock 7870 I have seen.
Crucial MX100 256gb Caviar black 640(game) Caviar blue 1tb(junk/storage external)
Antec GX700 yuck :(
ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung 2570HD(typical responce time 7+ms :( and Acer P223W(<1ms typical)
Windows 7 64 home premium
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