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Worth buying a second GTX 560 for SLi?

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I have this exact graphics card (EVGA GTX 560 non ti) and have it's core clock overclocked to 905mhz (with the memory and shader clocked to scale). My question is, is it worth buying a regular 560 and putting them in SLi and then over clocking them both to the 905?

Wondering, if this is a decent solution, how long am I looking at before games will find them as the bottle neck?

EDIT: Sorry I should mention, should I go this route or just spend the money on a newer graphics card and maybe SLi it later on down the line? I feel like for $170 it could be a fairly decent upgrade.
Edited by jbmayes2000 - 3/28/12 at 1:57pm
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I would bump that cpu up before even thinking about sli. I mean its not even overclock, also please provide more details like what games you play and the resolution
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sli with that gpu would provide a nice performance increase. However, it is far from future proof. Unfortunately, video games are starting to require more vram. I have 2x 570 in sli, and even at 1920x1200p resolution Im looking to upgrade as I hit my vram limit quite often. Im looking to sell my 570's for a single 680 or something simliar with atleast 2gb of vram.

It is also recommended that you ditch that cpu for a quad. Any of the q9xxx will work.
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Originally Posted by elitekills999 View Post

I would bump that cpu up before even thinking about sli. I mean its not even overclock, also please provide more details like what games you play and the resolution

Go ahead and take out the sig rig for comparison, just go on a video card only basis.

I play FPS games, starcraft, and soon Diablo 3!

I think i'm just trying to play along the lines of "How much will $180 more, carry me?" compared to just replacing both with a current graphics card.

I was hoping to find out how powerful two slightly overclocked regular 560's are compared to the newest/latest single gpu cards?
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sli with that gpu would provide a nice performance increase. However, it is far from future proof. Unfortunately, video games are starting to require more vram. I have 2x 570 in sli, and even at 1920x1200p resolution Im looking to upgrade as I hit my vram limit quite often. Im looking to sell my 570's for a single 680 or something simliar with atleast 2gb of vram.
It is also recommended that you ditch that cpu for a quad. Any of the q9xxx will work.

Ahh thats disheartening to hear. I understand that playing the waiting game is relatively pointless since new things are constantly coming out but I think I'm just trying to get an idea of how well an older card in SLi would perform.


And I do hope to upgrade to Ivy Bridge later this year, that's really more what i'm asking this for. I'm trying to keep the build at a lower cost but if I'm already pushing the edge of exctinction with the 560's then I need to just spend the money for the better upgrade.
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For you situation it would be alright to do so, but in my opinion I was in your dilemma just a few days until I asked for advice here as well. I received numerous answers all very helpful. Bottom line was to just wait it out and get a better single GPU option in the future. In your case, I would recommend saving that $180, and at a later point in time, pull the trigger when you switch to Ivy and the better card at that.
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depending on the rest of your rig i'd say go for it and have the performance of around a GTX 580. Just my 2cents.gif
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I recently had sli 460's and they are great. But like stated above you may need to turn down some eye candy or you will hit the ram limit.
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For you situation it would be alright to do so, but in my opinion I was in your dilemma just a few days until I asked for advice here as well. I received numerous answers all very helpful. Bottom line was to just wait it out and get a better single GPU option in the future. In your case, I would recommend saving that $180, and at a later point in time, pull the trigger when you switch to Ivy and the better card at that.

I think i'm going to end up doing this. I decided in the long run, spending the cash on a newer/upper tier card is going to be best. I think down the road when I decide to build the new rig i'll get a 680 or whatever may be out by then. I keep reading that Nvidia is releasing the GK110 later this year so maybe even wait on that. Who knows, it'll all depending on the timing of the build i'm sure! Thanks everyone for the input!
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