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Old April 2, 2013, 10:22 AM
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Nice write up. I haven't had a high end card in years and have never gone SLI/XFire, but I think you have hit the nail on the head with your comments about game use. Those that jump at new games on release day and jump from game to game are going to be playing it safe by going to a single high end card. If you buy a game after its been on the market for even a month, hang on to it for a while, etc, SLI is likely going to be a more viable option. The only real issue I can see with SLI/Xfire, is those select few games that may never get proper driver optimizations. You are pretty much going to have to skip those choices, or revert to a single card.

Personally I would still treat SLI or Xfire as an upgrade option more than an initial path (there is, however, a time an place for everything). One other consideration is that with SLI 660 when it comes time to upgrade you will need to sell both cards and buy new cards. With the 680, you have the option of adding a second down the road.
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