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Tri Sli 580 or Sli with sound card?

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Hey, asking ocn for their opinion tonight. What would you do if you had to choose between. Tri Sli 580 3gb or Sli 580 3gb with an Asus Xonar Essence STX. I already have both so it's not a matter of what is cheaper. What would you run?

(fyi people who come in here saying your only running 1 monitor will get a evil stare, I have 3 monitors)
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I would personally go with Tri-SLI AND get a PCI-e extender cable and attach the sound card with that!
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post #3 of 21
So I assume you have only 3 PCI-E slots... or else your third one is covered by one of the cards...

Personally, I'd go with dual 580's and the sound card. If you're REALLY seeing a lower frame rate than you want (which would be very difficult on dual 3gig 580's) then throw the Xonar out and put the third 580 in.

HOnestly though, tri-sli scaling isn't the best.
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post #4 of 21
Do tri-sli, sell the sound card, and get an external USB DAC.
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great opinions so far reps to all!
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post #6 of 21
if i have 3 monitors ill chose another 580 over soundcard for maximum graphic performance. i can live with the onboard sound.
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post #7 of 21
Not sure about the sound on UD7, I'd use the Essence for that reason. It's a great card and for quality over Realtek? worth sacrificing the third GPU IMO. 3 GB 580 SLi already pack a lot of power and so the third one wouldn't change World's. I'd go 2 with the sound card.
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post #8 of 21
It really matters if you want optimal performance visually, if your only using 1080p then go for the sound card (that's my choice) and if you wanna go beyond 1080p for like 1600p then go tri sli. Though most games won't really require more than a single gtx 580 let alone 2 tongue.gif
post #9 of 21
i have a pci-e extender here. would've given it to you for free if you were here in Manila tongue.gif. just buy a pci-e extender and get them all to work
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hrmm where do I find a pcie extender?
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