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I've got two EVGA GTX 560 Ti's in SLI right now and they seem to be doing fine. I've also got two unlocked and overclocked GTX 465s. Performance wise they are pretty similar but the 465s have more vram. I can get a third 465 for around 110 bucks and then triple SLI them. Watercooling is a most as at 800 mhz and with good airflow, a single unlocked 465 gets to 93 C under full load.

So I'm thinking if I should sell my watercooled 560 Tis and go for a Tri-SLI setup with the 465s under water.

I'd like to hear your thoughts people
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I wouldn't, if only for the extra cost of running tri-SLI unlocked 465s...
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Well 560 Ti SLI with waterblock cost me well over 700 bucks. Tri-SLI used 465s with waterblocks will be around the same.
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I would prefer the current watercooled GTX560 Ti SLI over the possibility of watercooled (unlocked) GTX465 3-way SLI because of four reasons:-

1) The 3rd GTX465 might not be unlocked as the other two. So, this involves a risk.

2) You will need to buy a waterblock for the 3rd GTX465 and I do not like the additional cost (assuming the cooling capacity of your current radiators is enough and you do not need to throw more rad)

3) The additional VRAM (1.28GB) of the GTX465 does not bring substantial benefit over the 1GB VRAM of the GTX560 Ti as your resolution is only 1080p.

4) For Asus Sabertooth X58, the 3rd PCIe x16 slot (beige) works only at x4. So, it will be x16/x16/x4 for 3-way SLI. This x4 will not make the full force of 3-way SLI available to you. I do not like this waste.
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I would prefer the current watercooled GTX560 Ti SLI over the possibility of watercooled (unlocked) GTX465 3-way SLI because of four reasons:-

1) The 3rd GTX465 might not be unlocked as the other two. So, this involves a risk.

2) You will need to buy a waterblock for the 3rd GTX465 and I do not like the additional cost (assuming the cooling capacity of your current radiators is enough and you do not need to throw more rad)

3) The additional VRAM (1.28GB) of the GTX465 does not bring substantial benefit over the 1GB VRAM of the GTX560 Ti as your resolution is only 1080p.

4) For Asus Sabertooth X58, the 3rd PCIe x16 slot (beige) works only at x4. So, it will be x16/x16/x4 for 3-way SLI. This x4 will not make the full force of 3-way SLI available to you. I do not like this waste.
Yeah you made some really good points. I'm still debating though.
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I would prefer the current watercooled GTX560 Ti SLI over the possibility of watercooled (unlocked) GTX465 3-way SLI because of four reasons:-

1) The 3rd GTX465 might not be unlocked as the other two. So, this involves a risk.

2) You will need to buy a waterblock for the 3rd GTX465 and I do not like the additional cost (assuming the cooling capacity of your current radiators is enough and you do not need to throw more rad)

3) The additional VRAM (1.28GB) of the GTX465 does not bring substantial benefit over the 1GB VRAM of the GTX560 Ti as your resolution is only 1080p.

4) For Asus Sabertooth X58, the 3rd PCIe x16 slot (beige) works only at x4. So, it will be x16/x16/x4 for 3-way SLI. This x4 will not make the full force of 3-way SLI available to you. I do not like this waste.
He can pick up unlocked 465s or a 470 for cheap on the market place(5 of them or so up right now). It's about 200 for one with a waterblock on the market, plus shipping to Canada should be 250 or so at max. The x4 won't hinder him much, and it will give much better performance. As for VRAM, I eat 1GB in almost all games at 1080p.
    
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Well 560 Ti SLI with waterblock cost me well over 700 bucks. Tri-SLI used 465s with waterblocks will be around the same.
I was thinking more about the cost of running triple GF100 overclocked than I was in purchase costs.
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He can pick up unlocked 465s or a 470 for cheap on the market place(5 of them or so up right now). It's about 200 for one with a waterblock on the market, plus shipping to Canada should be 250 or so at max. The x4 won't hinder him much, and it will give much better performance. As for VRAM, I eat 1GB in almost all games at 1080p.
The bolded part above is true. But the gain does not necessarily translate to equal amount of game play satisfaction:-
Going from GTX470 2-way SLI to 3-way SLI at 1920x1200, the framerate jump:-
1) Metro 2033: 41 to 59 fps
2) BC2: 80 to 101
3) Dirt 2: 113 to 135
4) Far Cry 2: 124 to 150
5) MW2: 189 to 195 (CPU bottleneck, i7 965 at 3.75GHz)
6) Anon1404: 108 to 117
7) Crysis Warhead: 68 to 84
8) JC2: 94 to 128
(These numbers are without the limitation of x4)
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...y-sli-review/5

Except Metro 2033, the 2-way SLI framerate is quite high (>60) to start with already. So, the fairly high framerate jump does not bring an equally jump in satisfaction, IMHO.

If OP wishes to have a higher gaming experience, I suggest using the budget towards a larger monitor (27'' or 30'').
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If OP wishes to have a higher gaming experience, I suggest using the budget towards a larger monitor (27'' or 30'').
I'm already using 1 gb of memory when playing Crysis 2 maxed out at 1080P. I don't think a higher resolution setup would help my cause with the amount of video memory I have.
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The bolded part above is true. But the gain does not necessarily translate to equal amount of game play satisfaction:-
Going from GTX470 2-way SLI to 3-way SLI at 1920x1200, the framerate jump:-
1) Metro 2033: 41 to 59 fps
2) BC2: 80 to 101
3) Dirt 2: 113 to 135
4) Far Cry 2: 124 to 150
5) MW2: 189 to 195 (CPU bottleneck, i7 965 at 3.75GHz)
6) Anon1404: 108 to 117
7) Crysis Warhead: 68 to 84
8) JC2: 94 to 128
(These numbers are without the limitation of x4)
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...y-sli-review/5

Except Metro 2033, the 2-way SLI framerate is quite high (>60) to start with already. So, the fairly high framerate jump does not bring an equally jump in satisfaction, IMHO.

If OP wishes to have a higher gaming experience, I suggest using the budget towards a larger monitor (27'' or 30'').
Very OLD drivers. Go look at the 480 after 1 year of updates, so much increase. The increase will be super high now.
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I'm already using 1 gb of memory when playing Crysis 2 maxed out at 1080P. I don't think a higher resolution setup would help my cause with the amount of video memory I have.
Yeah, keep 1080.
    
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