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I was thinking of grabbing one first, then SLIing down the line, but I'm afraid I might not be able to find the same card later on.

So right now, I'm thinking of grabbing both at once as opposed to the GTX 580.

Is SLI support for games pretty good?

Any problems I'll face with SLI?

Thanks.
post #2 of 45
I play Crysis, Crysis 2, BFBC2, COD4 MW, Metro 2033, and MOH and I haven't run into any problems with my SLI 560's so far. I have seen as much as 100% improvement in performance with the second card added and have had no driver-related issues whatsoever. SLI 560's are a beast and easily beat a single GTX 580 in games....
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Well probably the one problem that your motherboard doesn't support SLI unless using the hacks for it.

And I believe it's not such a good board to do any multi card config. on because once both slots are used it will be 8x/8x.
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I'm a big supporter of getting the best single card solution you can, and then adding a second later.
Get yourself the 580 if budget permits, and add a second one down the road when they're cheaper. With SLI 560s you have no lucrative upgrade path.
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^ I agree with above statement, none the less SLI 560's are beasts for the $$
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It depends how long you wait. I would get one now, and if you need then get the other later, just before they go out of circulation.

In my experience, I get one card, say that I will SLI them later, and just end up buying a card from a new generation.
 
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Are you looking to run 3 monitors, or one monitor at 2560x1440?
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I've never understood the "single card" logic honestly. With the newer cards there are very little downsides to SLI/CF like there used to be. As I said, I have yet to run into any game or program that had issues with my SLI 560's. For $500 you can get 2 560's that will easily outperform a single 580 for the same price. Seems like a no-brainer to me....
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
I've never understood the "single card" logic honestly. With the newer cards there are very little downsides to SLI/CF like there used to be. As I said, I have yet to run into any game or program that had issues with my SLI 560's. For $500 you can get 2 560's that will easily outperform a single 580 for the same price. Seems like a no-brainer to me....
You can't add a more cards for upgrading though.

If you get a single 580, you can buy another one later if you need to. If you get SLI 560's, you're stuck if you want to upgrade. You'd have to replace both of them.
 
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
I've never understood the "single card" logic honestly. With the newer cards there are very little downsides to SLI/CF like there used to be. As I said, I have yet to run into any game or program that had issues with my SLI 560's. For $500 you can get 2 560's that will easily outperform a single 580 for the same price. Seems like a no-brainer to me....
SLI 560s means more power consumption, potential temperature issues due to spacing between cards, loss of a PCI-Express slot, and lack of an upgrade path considering tri-SLI isn't really worth it.
Getting one 580 and adding a second in the future will be a huge upgrade, last much longer, and be more cost effective than upgrading to two more mid-range GPUs.
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/3/11 at 11:06am
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