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post #1 of 20
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I have this processor in my sig which I hear is pretty much the bottleneck.
Have saved enough for a second GTX560Ti, apparently the same one as in my sig,
wonder if I should go ahead and get one of those beasts and think of 3 monitors some day.
Views please.
post #2 of 20
I'd so for the SLI option mate. The quad core will be good for some time to come given that games are now just starting to use 4 cores. Games are more GPU intensive so I reakon you'd get best bang for buck with another GPU. just my 2cents.gif
post #3 of 20
Had Sli with these + 3 monitors. The SLI was nice, but the 3 Monitors was not, too much adjusting per program that needs to run, and its not 100% supported. The triple monitors are not a fluid experience. SLI isn't 100% supported either, but the support is pretty solid. Better than triple monitors at least

If you are craving the performance increase then go for it, but in my honest opinion stick it out with the one unless you painfully need more fps. Double cards on air do get hot, and noisy. I think i am an avid supporter of no more than two monitors (only for windows productivity) and a nice powerful single slot GPU, unless you are SLI under water.

All in all SLI i recommend if you NEED the performance increase. Triple monitors i do not.
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same boat as you man confused what to do right now, gpu/cpu i wanna upgrade but i also want to wait on cpu side. hard decesion might get a BD soon though as i have a AM3+ anywho. But with a extra 560ti... i can't decide either yet.
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If you're looking into SLi you may want to switch to Intel so you're not bottlenecking the 560 Tis. Matching $500 worth of video cards with a ~$100 Phenom II is a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by invena View Post

Had Sli with these + 3 monitors. The SLI was nice, but the 3 Monitors was not, too much adjusting per program that needs to run, and its not 100% supported. The triple monitors are not a fluid experience. SLI isn't 100% supported either, but the support is pretty solid. Better than triple monitors at least
If you are craving the performance increase then go for it, but in my honest opinion stick it out with the one unless you painfully need more fps. Double cards on air do get hot, and noisy. I think i am an avid supporter of no more than two monitors (only for windows productivity) and a nice powerful single slot GPU, unless you are SLI under water.
All in all SLI i recommend if you NEED the performance increase. Triple monitors i do not.

You are right, a heavy liquid cooler is much better than 3 more monitors, but still wanted to feel, but nevermind.
Noise was never my concern, I might sound crazy but I love the 7000rpm sound of my stock AMD fan.
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If you're looking into SLi you may want to switch to Intel so you're not bottlenecking the 560 Tis. Matching $500 worth of video cards with a ~$100 Phenom II is a bad idea.

I am going for Piledriver, I have faith in AMD, they pulled a rabbit out of their hats by their Phenom IIs.
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same boat as you man confused what to do right now, gpu/cpu i wanna upgrade but i also want to wait on cpu side. hard decesion might get a BD soon though as i have a AM3+ anywho. But with a extra 560ti... i can't decide either yet.

I recently took my M5A99X so am not going to shift to intel instantly, if Piledriver fails everyone, then I might think of migrating to the successor of ivy bridge, and intel is really fast in releasing processors so it wouldn't be a problem. The main concern I have is getting absolutely identical 560Tis since they would look real good.
post #7 of 20
Phenom II was introduced to compete with Core2, which is what is still competes with. Conroe has higher IPC than Phenom II. It wasn't a miracle, it just set off a price war between Intel and AMD which was good for the consumer.

Who even knows when PD will be out and if it'll finally catch up to Nehalem in IPC.

Basically, don't hold your breath.
post #8 of 20
i really dont think youll have a bottleneck if your gonna sli 2 560tis smile.gif. a quad at over 4.0ghz is extremely fast. if you need more you could always grab a 1090t but as mentioned most games dont take advantage of more then say 3 or 4 cores anyway.
 
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post #10 of 20
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i really dont think youll have a bottleneck if your gonna sli 2 560tis smile.gif. a quad at over 4.0ghz is extremely fast. if you need more you could always grab a 1090t but as mentioned most games dont take advantage of more then say 3 or 4 cores anyway.

lol why don't people like you comment?
I kinda really hate it and it puts me in quite tension when someone tells to jump to intel.
Its just not that easy, and GTX560Ti = i5 2500 + H chipset, so that isn't really quite the choice to jump to a better processor sacrificing the possibility of running a second card. IMO
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