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Old April 2, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by WhippWhapp View Post
Nice work, go triple if you want to eliminate stutter.
I'm not sure Tri-SLI wouldn't make microstuttering worse (due to the necessary communication between cards, and even worse scaling). What's more, this brings up additional problems. Currently my motherboard would run PCI-E 8/8/4. 8/8 are fine for two cards, but I think that Tri-SLI is approaching the bandwidth limit for Z77.

Additionally, the reason these cards are so quiet, is because of the spacing of the video cards. There are three slots separating the 2 populated PCI-E slots. Therefore there is an entire empty slot separating heatsink of the top card from the PCB of the bottom card. This allows lots of airflow and reduces card temps/fan speeds to the point where they're silent.

Add a third card, and the heatsink of the middle card would only be separated from the PCB of the bottom card by a few millimeters, potentially increasing heat production, and noise.

Part of the reason this works over a single GTX680 is because this particular SLI solution is so quiet in comparison.

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