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GTX 560 TI SLI or single GTX 580?

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That's my issue right now. I've been set on the SLI's for a solid few days, but issues such as micro stuttering have scared me off recently and now I'm reconsidering. It'll be along with a I5-2500K and 8 Gigabytes of RAM. Am I making a mistake in thinking of going the single-card path?


Mind you, I'm currently running a machine with a E6400 processor and a 8800GTS.
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I would go for the single card solution.
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When it comes down to a decision like this, just think about heat and power consumption. Are you willing to run two 560 Ti's at around 150W each or rather just one 200W GTX 580(these wattages are estimates, by the way, I have no idea what the TDP for either of the cards are)?
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I would go single card anyday since it leaves you an option if you decide to go sli in the future, tri-sli is not very good imo. Also multiple cards always have some sorts of problems with new games.
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I haven't had a bit of micro stuttuer with my setup. I think its blown way out of proportion to be honest. My 2 560's easily outperform any single card solution and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend SLI to anybody over a single gpu....

That being said, I'm looking to trade my 560's for 580's in SLI so make of that what you will...
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fill in your system spec, what res will you be playing, what type of games willl you be playing? whats your budget?
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I'd definitely go with the single 580 if I were you. One card is much easier to manage; you don't have to worry about SLI issues with every new game and it leaves the option open to add another 580 in the future when they're cheaper and you want an upgrade, instead of shelling out another 500 bucks on a new high-end or two new mid-high-range cards. Grab the 580, you won't regret it.
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post #8 of 28
Get a GTX 560 now for $250. Wait a year and get some other $250 card. It will be faster than a GTX 580 and the 560 should have no probs until 2012.
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Will you be using Multiple monitors? or Single?
If single, is it 2560x1440 or 1920x1080 native?

Please fill in systems specs in sig rig...

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I've never noticed microstutter with my systems, either I've never had it or I just didn't notice (although I think I would)...

I do agree that a single card solution is considerable easier to maintain and troubleshoot. I've had 4 TRI-SLI setups (GTX260 and up), and when something goes wrong its an absolute nightmare.

I still like multi-card systems but I'll never have more that 2 ever again. The nice thing about multiple cards is if one goes bad you can still use the system while the other is being RMA'd.

But I think a pair of 560ti's would be nice, and would outperform a single 580.
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