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This might be the push I need to move my PC downstairs and run DVI cables through the wall to my office. That way I don't need to care how loud or hot they are.

The only disadvantage is that I would need decent long DVI cables (~20 feet) and extensions for all other external wires/cables (speakers, usb hub, etc). However, I've been meaning to do this for a while since it will really reduce the heat/noise in the office (I will essentially have a "silent" PC). Heck, I can even put the PC in my server rack but it's a bit further away in the basement...

Anyways, the only thing I'm concerned about with SLI is the support. It looks like a lot of games needed patches to properly support SLI and NVidia is releasing a new driver series next week (280.xx) that helps with quite a few games. However, everybody that doesn't use SLI doesn't need to worry about these things... they just "work". (However, the GTX 590 does scare me and I did already order the extra GTX 480...)
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Anyways, the only thing I'm concerned about with SLI is the support. It looks like a lot of games needed patches to properly support SLI and NVidia is releasing a new driver series next week (280.xx) that helps with quite a few games. However, everybody that doesn't use SLI doesn't need to worry about these things... they just "work". (However, the GTX 590 does scare me and I did already order the extra GTX 480...)
I've been running SLI for 2 out of the last 2.5 years (6 months on xfire), and support is actually quite good. There's been maybe 5 games (or benches, like 3dMark11) that've 'hit the shelves' without proper support during that time, and in each case the 'real' SLI support was out pretty quickly (a month I think was the worst-case, that was 3dMark11).

Also, I was able to hack SLI support in each of those cases by various tricks like modding an existing SLI profile with nVInspector, or just renaming the game's .exe to another game that had a SLI profile.

Also ... a 590 is going to have the exact same support issues as SLI 480's, because it IS SLI ... it's just SLI on one physical card Trust me, a 295 was my first SLI experience, and it was the same situation as having two cards in nearly every regard ... including the situation w/support for new games.
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You already own 1 480, I say it's absolutely worth it.
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