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post #11 of 26
I don't know about terrible support. I haven't had too many problems specifically the last year or so.
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I have to agree with you for the most part. I for one would never SLI/Crossfire unless I get 100% or close to that in returns. Having said that, those people who have say a 480, 470 and play at 1080 could pick up another 480/470 for cheap. Why spend 600~ upgrading to a single card solution when you can just SLI and that'll carry you over till the next generation.

Also, imagine you live a life where money was not an issue. Anything you wanted, you get out of your house, get in your car, drive there and purchase it. Some people live like that. So why not SLI 680s? Hell get one or two more!

Oh and last but not least, for e-penis. Believe it or not, sometimes it's all it takes.
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post #13 of 26
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Considering that there is still terrible support for Xfire/SLI.....

I dunno about ati drivers but the support for sli with nvidia is actually pretty good
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I run sli because I can't get the performance I want from any single GPU
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post #15 of 26
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I dunno about ati drivers but the support for sli with nvidia is actually pretty good

I'm looking at it from an Xfire standpoint. BF3 was so bad before patching a month later. And with my previous claim to bottlenecking, I don't really know about Sandy Bridge, but my Bulldozer can. Please no hate, though.
post #16 of 26
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I'm looking at it from an Xfire standpoint. BF3 was so bad before patching a month later. And with my previous claim to bottlenecking, I don't really know about Sandy Bridge, but my Bulldozer can. Please no hate, though.

I wasn't trying to come across as rude. If I offended I'm sorry. I was just pointing out that in my experience with nvidia my SLI support has been pretty good. I know people who generally can't stand the ati drivers as a whole but that's another story.

I was also just trying to point out that you don't "need" to OC to get full usage of multiple gpus. I'm at stock on a Phenom II 1090T and BF3 uses %100 of my 2 480s just fine.
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post #17 of 26
waste of money ? it doubles your performance .

I love my xfire setup , yes its a headache but cos i know what im doing it all works perfectly .
    
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post #18 of 26
For 120Hz, SLI/Crossfire is required for most games on the highest settings. IMO the biggest downside to Crossfire/SLI is that your power requirements go up as your card count goes up. For instance, 4-way SLI GTX 580s will require a 1200W PSU, maybe even a 1350W. One 580 will just take a 650W. 1200-1350W PSUs are expensive. 2 580s would take around an 850-1000W... that's still $200. It's worth it, but it's still a downside that can be avoided with one card.

For the enthusiast, 2+ cards always offers more benefits than 1 though. It's all personal preference in the end. If I had a 60Hz monitor I'd probably just get the very best single card solution... but I run 120Hz, so I'm looking for more than one card to boost my framerates.
Edited by vikingsteve - 4/23/12 at 5:41pm
post #19 of 26
I wouldn't say a waste of money. But it really depends on what games you're playing.

If you're playing games that have shown to have good scaling, like BF3, then sure it would be worth your while. But if you play a game that doesn't scale well... then you're wasting your money.

As other's have said, just put the money towards a single, really good card. You'll have guaranteed performance increase, and less problems (if they occur).
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post #20 of 26
After having crossfire for over two years now, I can tell you that it (to me) is less beneficial than putting the money towards one more powerful single card. There are way too many variables with crossfire, and not everything scales well, so rather than decent performance, you end up with worse performance than usual in some cases. Then there's driver issues with crossfire, load / idle clock issues, multi monitor issues, etc. Do note that these don't always occur, but they DO exist.

My advice? Save up and get a powerful single card, less headaches.
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