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Squeetard March 8, 2011 11:21 AM

Running dual GPU in non SLI not worth it.
 
I recently installed a 570 GTX. I thought I'd keep one of my old 260's as a dedicated physx card. Turned off SLI (no option for it, removed the link), selected the 260 as the sole physx card. Also set it as the dedicated cuda gpu in 3d preferences.

I actually get a few fps less in benchmarks (Metro 2033, Just cause 2, 3dmark11,Crysis 2 mp)than I do with the just single 570. Even if I crank up the physx options where available.

The unigine Heaven benchmark really tanks with 2 cards, 42 fps with the 260 and 63fps without.

My guess is there is just too much bus overhead to make it worthwhile. The unigine bench is just plain confused.

draemn March 8, 2011 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Squeetard (Post 493454)
I recently installed a 570 GTX. I thought I'd keep one of my old 260's as a dedicated physx card. Turned off SLI (no option for it, removed the link), selected the 260 as the sole physx card. Also set it as the dedicated cuda gpu in 3d preferences.

I actually get a few fps less in benchmarks (Metro 2033, Just cause 2, 3dmark11,Crysis 2 mp)than I do with the just single 570. Even if I crank up the physx options where available.

The unigine Heaven benchmark really tanks with 2 cards, 42 fps with the 260 and 63fps without.

My guess is there is just too much bus overhead to make it worthwhile. The unigine bench is just plain confused.

It's because you set CUDA to the 260 for all games. You can download the demo for Mafia 2 and run the benchmark tool in that game and you should see great fps increase with the PhysX option for the 260 compared to just the 570 doing all the work. Leave your CUDA setting alone and try benchmarking again.

schwartz March 12, 2011 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by draemn (Post 493487)
It's because you set CUDA to the 260 for all games. You can download the demo for Mafia 2 and run the benchmark tool in that game and you should see great fps increase with the PhysX option for the 260 compared to just the 570 doing all the work. Leave your CUDA setting alone and try benchmarking again.

I agree. All the same, something about full PhysX on Mafia 2 seemed to sap my pc beyond the 512 8800gt I had thrown in as the dedicated card. My preference was to just play with the 470 alone and leave physx low.

draemn March 16, 2011 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by schwartz (Post 495028)
I agree. All the same, something about full PhysX on Mafia 2 seemed to sap my pc beyond the 512 8800gt I had thrown in as the dedicated card. My preference was to just play with the 470 alone and leave physx low.

The reason is that your 8800gt bottlenecks the 570. A GT 260 should not bottleneck at 570. Running a 8800gt with high physX is like running crysis on an intel core 2 duo @ 1.8 Ghz with a GTX 570.

enaberif March 16, 2011 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by schwartz (Post 495028)
I agree. All the same, something about full PhysX on Mafia 2 seemed to sap my pc beyond the 512 8800gt I had thrown in as the dedicated card. My preference was to just play with the 470 alone and leave physx low.

8800GT sucks for a PhysX card.. Minimum you need a good 260 card.


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