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CMetaphor January 6, 2011 11:38 AM

AMD + SLI - Suggestions?
 
I got an MSI NF980-G65 motherboard recently from another member and feel like giving SLI a try for the first time in a couple years. Its a 980a chipset that supports up to tri-sli at 16x/8x/8x. I already own a GTX285 2Gb.

Should I:
A) Sell the GTX285 2Gb and buy 2x decent Fermi cards
B) Sell the GTX285 2Gb and buy 3x of the above for some tri-sli fun.
C) Keep the GTX285 2Gb and try to find another for SLI
D) ???

What do you guys think? Please keep in mind that this is a budget project since this system will be a secondary gaming system and might someday be running 3 monitors (3x 1900x1200) so some horsepower is needed.

Thanks, yet again, for your opinions and ideas everyone. :thumb:

crazyhorsejohnny January 6, 2011 11:41 AM

I'd sell the 285 and go Fermin.

Arinoth January 6, 2011 11:51 AM

I agree, sell the 285 and pick up and some some fermi cards.

CMetaphor January 6, 2011 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Arinoth (Post 471302)
I agree, sell the 285 and pick up and some some fermi cards.

But two or three? :haha:

I'd be awesome if I could get my hands on something like 3x 460 1Gb or something, we'll see.

I'd also need to buy a Tri-sli bridge too I guess.

Arinoth January 6, 2011 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by CMetaphor (Post 471303)
But two or three? :haha:

I'd be awesome if I could get my hands on something like 3x 460 1Gb or something, we'll see.

I'd also need to buy a Tri-sli bridge too I guess.

Going 3 460s would probably be a good buy (depending on when you want to buy it as we dont know how much or what performance the 560 will be whenever it comes out).

I imagine you could probably find a tri-sli bridge easily off of the forums from someone whose board came with. I'd offer mine though i know i'll get a green itch in the future and who knows if i may need it myself.

CMetaphor January 6, 2011 12:22 PM

Hang on, all the 460s im looking at only have 1x SLI connector? Doesnt that mean they can only do 2 card SLI? I thought 2x SLI connectors were needed on each card in a 3-way or 4-way SLI. Its been a while, like i said.... lol.

matsta31 January 6, 2011 12:25 PM

When is the 560 due out ? Depending on the timing, it might be worth the wait. I would expect a drop in resale value of the GTX 460 once it is out. At least, if the trend of the 500 series continue.

I am currently running 2 GTX480 on 3 1920 * 1080 LCD. It is fun....

On a secondary note. The state of the AMD + SLI is sad.

_dangtx_ January 6, 2011 12:38 PM

depending on rez etc your cpu will hold you back on the big boys, so maybe 1gb 460's or 560'? :)



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Originally Posted by Arinoth (Post 471308)
Going 3 460s would probably be a good buy (depending on when you want to buy it as we dont know how much or what performance the 560 will be whenever it comes out).

I imagine you could probably find a tri-sli bridge easily off of the forums from someone whose board came with. I'd offer mine though i know i'll get a green itch in the future and who knows if i may need it myself.


1 sli connector only on 460, no tri. same with 6850/70. :)

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CMetaphor January 6, 2011 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by matsta31 (Post 471310)
When is the 560 due out ? Depending on the timing, it might be worth the wait. I would expect a drop in resale value of the GTX 460 once it is out. At least, if the trend of the 500 series continue.

I am currently running 2 GTX480 on 3 1920 * 1080 LCD. It is fun....

On a secondary note. The state of the AMD + SLI is sad.

IF its soon, then i hope someone decides to give me some 460s for cheap, lol.

Yeah, AMD + SLI is sad, but im willing to give it a shot to prove its still possible.

CMetaphor January 7, 2011 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by _dangtx_ (Post 471316)
depending on rez etc your cpu will hold you back on the big boys, so maybe 1gb 460's or 560'? :)

The CPU will be an OC'd 1055T, so im not really worried about "holding back" anything at all. My 1090T hit 4Ghz with ease, so i expect the 1055T to at least reach 3.6-3.8Ghz.

The GTX465s DO have two SLI connectors though? Interesting.

Keep in mind that I'm much more inclined to buy up someone's used tri-sli rig than get a new one from somewhere. So, anyone have some tri-sli they wanna sell? Or an Extra GTX285 2Gb or two? lol....


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