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Old January 1, 2012, 12:28 PM
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I would like to run 3 monitors for gaming. I live in canada and I like performance but I do not overclock yet. Cost is not the most important factor - the most important thing is what will make sense, new vs old. I have a good base to do this. I have a BFG 295 gtx and it has 2 DVI ports and I need 3 so my problem is do I find another 295 gtx and SLI them, or is there a big enough difference in newer cards that already have 3 DVI ports to go with one of them. What do you think? If a new card is the way to go, can you give me some advice on what card I should go with.
I have a i7 920 processor/EVGA x58 MB/6 gig of memory/and BFG 295 gtx.
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Old January 1, 2012, 12:43 PM
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Nah, upgrade that when the new series of cards comes out. There's a large difference in three generations of cards.
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Nah, upgrade that when the new series of cards comes out. There's a large difference in three generations of cards.
Agreed.
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there's a lot of games that don't like sli or crossfire so i would upgrade
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there's a lot of games that don't like sli...
Really? which ones? I have been running SLi for years with out issues. I would like to hear which games do not work with SLI. Thanks
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Really? which ones? I have been running SLi for years with out issues. I would like to hear which games do not work with SLI. Thanks
What he means is that some games dont scale very well in sli
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that is right there's a few games i play right now that i get no better fps or improvement when running sli ( weather it's sli'ing my 460 or 480 the improvements are nothing which kinda defeats the point )
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Please tell me the titles bc I am curious.

For me at 2560X1440 I notice a massive FPS boost. BF3, BC2, F1 2010, Dirt 2 and 3 etc etc.
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Not that the 295 is a bad card, but the 4 and especially 5 series and soon to be 6 or 7 series whatever they call it, just offer so much more performance, use less power(more or less) and run cooler(more or less) I would go with win 7 64 bit, and go for a GTX580 3gb if you can afford it, or one of the fancier cards, there is lots to choose from, 560Ti or 560 448 are best bets for performance/$ but sheer performance would be 560 2 win, 580 3gb or 590, 2 sli lower cards as 560Ti are sick fast as well. All depends on the coin you can throw around. I would wait as long as you can for all the new Radeons to come out, and Nvidia should be showing thier new stuff soon enough, I would make up my mind then.

Dont forget SLI scaling depends on the card, generation, and most importantly the game/drivers, I know many of my buds that use 200-400-500 sereis that have performance issues going through different driver sets in RAGE, Crysis 2, Skyrim, and even BC2, where they would get 0 perforamance benefit over a single card through multiple driver sets, nothing is perfect after all, dont count on something that relies on drivers to work well, untill there is a 100% hardware based in the card itself, I personally will not spend that kind of $ on cards that may not work at least 80% of the time better then a single card no matter what I am doing.

Example a dual core vs quad core cpu, the scaling or IPC is just very reasonable on a quad core vs the dual and only make sence to pay the extra costs to do that, so why can it not be like this in SLI or Crossfire?
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Thanks Dragonstongue and everyone else for the info i am going to upgrade when the new nvidia cards come out.
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