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Old January 10, 2012, 11:40 AM
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So... a week later report:

Overall, I'm pleased. Not thrilled... but pleased. Let's be real, there's not a game out there that I can't play on moderately high settings with no issues. I tried all the big guns - Crysis 1 and 2, Metro 2033, Skyrim... no issues at all. Arkham Asylum is a fail if I crank EVERYTHING up all the way - that means with vsync on, which of course tries to hold a steady framerate so it plays at 15fps. I (begrudgingly) played the game a little bit at that framerate and paid particular attention to the details and I can't say there's that great of an increase in scene quality, so really... a $750 card could do it but for what? Just to say you can do it? Lower the AA just a little (or forgo vsync) and it plays between 30 and 60, which is "good enough". I know everyone wants to see 60fps or higher, but if the film industry is satisfied showing us full featured action packed thrill rides on the big screen in 24fps, well...

I've not had any "glitch" type problems, sort of to my surprise really. I figured there'd be plenty of issues being my first foray into SLI - but nada. I'm also impressed with power consumption. My old system idled at 160W with one graphics card. This system - much MUCH more powerful - with SLI idles at 130W. With the game going full bore, it only barely tops 300W (why do people need 1200W PSUs again?).

For my purposes - casual gaming - I think I did well for myself. Not blow-you-away-with-awesome-performance fantastic... but that's not what I was going for and not what I expected.

- Steven
Glad to hear you are happy with it. Once again, for the price I can't really argue with your decision. I personally would have preferred a single card so that you are never at the mercy of SLI driver optimizations (which usually lag behind single card drivers), but again...a 560Ti would have cost a bit more with the deal you got. Enjoy
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Old January 10, 2012, 11:59 AM
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I appreciate that - and I agree. While I'm not going to use the word "regret" - I think a single 560ti @ $200 may have been the more prudent choice. Less power for gaming (that works with SLI) but more power for everything else (including games that don't like SLI) with only a $30 premium.
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Old January 13, 2012, 11:00 PM
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yah you should have gotten the 560 ti :p
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:11 AM
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wow, thanks for the contribution.
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