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I need people to express their hatred/love for SLI.

First serious gaming rig and I can't decide if going for a 560Ti AMP and getting another in a few months or just selling and buying Kepler or going with something cheaper again like a 6870 and selling for Kepler is the ideal option.

The 560Ti AMP seems to perform very well, on par with 570 or 6970 almost for $80 less. I just want to know if SLI is a nightmare or not..
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SLI is just as smooth as a single GPU now a days. The rumors and horror stories of SLI are from years ago and current drivers and components are more than capable of handling SLI without any hiccups

What you do all depends on your budget and needs. If you want something that will last you through kepler and on to the next generations of GPU while still giving good performance, then GTX560Ti SLI is a good call. If you want maximum performance and are willing to spend a little more, buying a 570/580 right now and SLI'ing down the road will be a better option. If you SLI GTX570/580, you won't really have a reason to upgrade to kepler anyways.

In the end it comes down to your budget and long-term performance desires. Whether your solution is SLI or not shouldn't impact your decision right now if the SLI cards match your desires and price point.
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I've got two EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked edition in SLI and have them both overclocked to 1050 mhz on the core. It's a GTX 590 beater let me tell you that. Although I'm under water.
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I get that a single GPU is a better option easier to upgrade etc..

But a 570 = $340 for a decent one
6870 = $180 for reference, $230 for OC
560Ti = $200 reference, $260 for OC

Seems stupid to get a 570 when a 560Ti in SLI, costs only slightly more..
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I get that a single GPU is a better option easier to upgrade etc..

But a 570 = $340 for a decent one
6870 = $180 for reference, $230 for OC
560Ti = $200 reference, $260 for OC

Seems stupid to get a 570 when a 560Ti in SLI, costs only slightly more..
GTX560Ti SLI blows a 570 out of the water. The GTX560Ti SLI is even ahead of a single GTX580. MSI has pretty good mail in rebates going on right now on their cards...you can get a TFII GTX560Ti for ~$220. If you're lucky enough to catch some of the open box cards (and have the patience to do so), GTX560Ti's can be had for as little as $140.
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Love my sli, my only regret is I want to watercool with full blocks and my cards are non reference. So I might be upgrading to 580's, but if I could do it over again id just buy reference 560 tis since they are more than enough.
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I had alot of sli. my last :

SLI 8600GTS
Replaced by
SLI 9800GTX+ on a 650i + E6850

SLI GTX460 when they came out on X58 P6TD Deluxe I7
replaced by
SLI GTX580 when they came out on X58 RIIIF I7

On the 650i and 9800GTX+ the improvement wasnt as high as with Fermi. Both GTX460 and GTX580 scale very well and i didnt had any trouble with my sli for more than 2years. Using 3 display in surround for about a year now.

A ~4ghz I7 with SLI GTX580s and you can have serious fun !
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I'm thinking I'll get this;

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Z...Edition/7.html

Or maybe a Leadtek reference or 6870 TFII for ~$200.

From there I'll either sell for Kepler or SLI to last me through till 2013. Y/n?
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Originally Posted by olliiee View Post
I'm thinking I'll get this;

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Z...Edition/7.html

Or maybe a Leadtek reference or 6870 TFII for ~$200.

From there I'll either sell for Kepler or SLI to last me through till 2013. Y/n?
Not familiar with that brand so I can't comment, but the general plan of SLI or Kepler lasting you through 2013 sounds about right!
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yes, good plan.

Your best bet would be to sell your "big guns" now ( like my GTX580s ) for a good price. Buy a GTX570 or 560 till kepler comes out. Buy kepler/Sell other cards ! Repeat before other gen comes out.

This way you sell your "old stuff" for a way better price than after the next gen is out.
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