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Ok i need some input and experience. I want to sli my EVGA GTX 580. I was planning on picking up a second one on friday. There are really no deals , and there priced between 470-500 $ I saw this card for 399 after mir.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352465

i own this card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352401

How do you guys feel about sli-ing differnt brands, i know they will work because mine is the standard non sc edition. I know they wont look as cool , but if i can get the same performance for $100 less im all in.

PS. I dont know anything about Zotac either.
Edited by MIKEVALL - 10/11/11 at 9:35am
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post #2 of 9
There shouldn't be any problem at all. When overlocking, just watch the clocks on the cards. Sometimes they take the lower clock, sometimes the higher of the two cards.

Vram should all be the same, otherwise the lower vram is used for both cards.

But there shouldn't be problems when overlocking both and obtaining great performance smile.gif.
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I never ran SLi using cards from the same manufacturer because I always cashed in on deals to get them biggrin.gif.... It may not look as cool but it sure as hell works great (same performance anyway) so unless you want your rig to look absolutely perfect I see no problem in running different looking cards in SLI
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As long as they are the same model, aka 580s, they should be able to SLI with each other just fine. Just remember that you'll want to set the clocks identical to each other, otherwise one card may micro lag behind the other, which could result in microstutter though very unlikely.
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Yes, you won't have problems mixing different brands. I have the Zotac GTX 580 Amp! card, be sure to use the 10% off coupon (used to be 20%). Mine overclocks to 940MHz at 1050mV's. Great card for me so far.
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I already ran two different brands of SLI back in the day and didn't have a issue or so its not a problem you'll just need to Overclock it to your SC that's all.

Zotac is a decent brand I guess never heard people complaining about them.
 
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zotac isnt the best or the worst, far as ive heard. tongue.gif

but if your asking about zodac being a video card, then i hope you have a life size case. biggrin.gif

anyways, all jokes aside, ive used a few of thier cards in my friends' cheaper builds, and none of them like EVGA, and didnt want to fork money to MSI, so zotac got thier money, same cards, overclocking i cant say much, never tried to.
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Originally Posted by MIKEVALL;15261651 
Ok i need some input and experience. I want to sli my EVGA GTX 580. I was planning on picking up a second one on friday. There are really no deals , and there priced between 470-500 $ I saw this card for 399 after mir.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352465

How do you guys feel about sli-ing differnt brands, i know they will work because mine is the standard non sc edition. I know they wont look as cool , but if i can get the same performance for $100 less im all in.

PS. I dont know anything about Zotac either.

yes they will work just fine...as for what speed they will run, if you have GPU 1 selected as "master", then whatever speed the second GPU is, it will be matched with the first.

this is both using MSI afterburner and evga precision.
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Originally Posted by Grobinov;15261691 
I never ran SLi using cards from the same manufacturer because I always cashed in on deals to get them biggrin.gif.... It may not look as cool but it sure as hell works great (same performance anyway) so unless you want your rig to look absolutely perfect I see no problem in running different looking cards in SLI

I never look inside, unless im cleaning it.LOL I care about performance , and stickers can be pealed off. lol
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