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Old February 15, 2011, 03:29 AM
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Don't you have to fold on 'both sides' with a dual GPU card? i.e. it requires 2 clients? That wouldn't make it any different than just buying SLI 560s.
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yeah but it goes in one slot :)

basically you have a file server? stick it in the one pci-e slot.
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Dual cards only take up typically 2 slots, means you could run 2 of those, essentially 4 folding clients going in 2 pcie slots
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True, I wasn't thinking about the fact that you get extra GPUs in your rig without taking up the extra 2 slots.
A dual card would also typically be less expensive than two singles based on the same core. Think $400 vice the $500 it would cost for two single 560-Ti cards, or $189 vice $220 for a couple of 450s. ;)
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Old February 15, 2011, 06:52 AM
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2x 450's????
A single 570 would beat that. What are you talking about...?
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Old February 15, 2011, 08:18 AM
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2x 450's????
A single 570 would beat that. What are you talking about...?
And it would be 50%+ more expensive. From a folding perspective, 2X lower end GPUs puts out a lot more PPD than 1X higher end. 1X 570 would put out around 16K, while 2X 450 would put out closer to 20K.
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I would put my bet on dual underclocked 570's..
How could you even begin to under clock them enough to hit the TDP mark... you're looking at 220W each and nVidia has always stayed under the 300 mark in the past... even if they are willing to go up to 350, that's a hell of a lot of underclocking.
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Old February 15, 2011, 08:52 AM
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This has nothing to do with NVIDIA staying under a certain wattage requirement. Any board partner-designed cards may get NVIDIA's blessing but they won't be based upon a reference design provided by NVIDIA.
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Old February 15, 2011, 09:24 AM
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Like I have said on many occasions, and I will say again. I will believe it when I physically see it either in the hands of SKYMTL, or on Retail Shelves.

Too many times have we seen pictures of supposed Dual GPU cards to have nothing materialize.
Something real for a change would be ideal.

That being said it would make an awesome alternative to single GPU on the folding front as it basically doubles your productivity without having to get an exotic case board (E-ATX 8+ slots).

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This has nothing to do with NVIDIA staying under a certain wattage requirement. Any board partner-designed cards may get NVIDIA's blessing but they won't be based upon a reference design provided by NVIDIA.
I was referring to if nVidia releases a reference dual GPU design that they would most likely stay under a certain TDP. I could see a partner such as EVGA (I forget who the other company is that wanted to make a dual GTX 460 card) going above that limit.



Overall, I was pretty skeptical to begin with that nVidia will release a dual GPU design and I'm still extremely skeptical. I have a feeling they'll approve a couple designs from partners (if partners do go ahead to make dual GPUs), but not officially release any themselves. I'm not really that well schooled on how their mindset works, but I don't see why they would release a dual GPU that doesn't perform better than the 580 and the only decent option we're left with is using the 560 Ti for a dual GPU. I just find the idea of a dual 570 card to be ridiculous.
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Old February 15, 2011, 11:32 AM
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If anyone will do it, their name will likely be ASUS. Mars, Ares, etc.
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If anyone will do it, their name will likely be ASUS. Mars, Ares, etc.
Or KFA2, Galaxy, Palit.... those little guys love making interesting non-reference cards to get more attention it seems, so it's not impossible for one of them to try it too.
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Old February 15, 2011, 01:14 PM
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They like TALKING about them and showing telltale photos...but when was the last time one was released in North America? ;)
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