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Is reference or custom cooler better for SLI? I've heard that the big fans on the CUII and Windforce cards can cause the card on top to get hot(ter). But this may be with 69xx cards, not so sure with Nvidia :S
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Is reference or custom cooler better for SLI? I've heard that the big fans on the CUII and Windforce cards can cause the card on top to get hot(ter). But this may be with 69xx cards, not so sure with Nvidia :S
The cooling will be better, yes, but you don't need it by any means. A lot of people use TFII/TFIII cards in SLI without any problems at all. It's also going to depend on your case's airflow and fan set up.
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post #13 of 17
The DCII can become harder to SLI since it have a 3x SLOT cooler. The TFIII is 2 slot.

If right next to ech other, reference or costum card, the top card is hotter cause it breath harder and catch hotter air from the bottom card.
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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..
I'd rather SLI than Cross Fire

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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.
^ This...
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Building in a Fractal Arc Mid tower or Corsair 600T SE so airflow shouldn't be too bad.

Alright I'll probably get the MSI or Zotac, Factory OC cards are worth more on re-sale.

Is there a place to buy like back plates for cards like this? Purely aesthetic Aluminium plates to cover the PCB?
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I had quite an enjoyable experience with my GTX470s in SLI, until I managed to screw one of them up when messing around with the cooler.

Temps were a bit on the high side, but that was just because I had two space heaters on stock coolers crammed right next to each other. Besides that, I loved having that setup.
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Smooth as room temperature butter in Hawaii in the middle of July .

Amd...don't get me started . You could say this new overkill setup is really a way to tell amd "up yours" for giving two months of dread with crossfire
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