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post #1 of 24
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I have a GTX 570 HD 2.5gb that I have put water cooling on and over clocked, so far I have no issues in any game even without the OC playing games on a 1680 x 1020 monitor. I just recently hooked up to a full 1080P 32" monitor and was wondering if it is the time to SLI my card with a new one. My local store (memoryexpress) has the card on for $274 with MIR which is $126 than what I paid for the first card. Playing demanding games like BF3 on 1680 x 1020 I was getting around 50 FPS which is playable for me, 60 fps when OC'd. With the new screen would I benefit from getting a second card or should I save my money for later? (I have yet to play any games except for dead space on the new monitor so I will post results up later)

My original plan was to put them in sli at some point when the price was right and games were going to be demanding enough for me to need two cards to play on the highest settings. I am not willing to dumb down settings, I would just go play on a console (don't hate me for that I use my computer for school more than anything). I got into pc gaming to play games how they were intended to be played, at high resolutions and frame rates. My biggest motivation to SLI right now is to play Witcher 2 with Ubersampling on, and that I graduate this year so I will probably game a lot in the next 6 months on my new screen.

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EVGA 9800 gt (So I can have 4 monitors, all getto different sizes)
Corsair AX750 (Fan doesn't turn on unless I am running prime 95 and a GPU stress test) Single 12V rail 744W, 62A.

Cooling wont be an issue, I mod closed loop coolers to fit on to my GPU's.
I know this is a lot but I value the opinion of others who know more than I do, so thank you.

One thing I forgot to add to consider is how much longer these cards will be in production if they still are?
Edited by SDH500 - 8/7/12 at 12:18pm
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post #2 of 24
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Alright playing bf3 maxed out I can only get about high 30's for frame rates and with an over clock in the high 40's sometimes spiking up to 50's in a 64 multi-player map while in 1920 x 1080. It was smooth and playable but still found it to stutter slightly when something intensive was happening.
I appreciate the votes, makes the decision easier... tongue.gif
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post #3 of 24
I would absolutely sli, and with the 2.5gb of vram you wil have more than a 1080 screen can ever use.
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Well thanks to john and my buddy with two gtx 480 I was convinced to get another, I will post some pics up after I check to see if it is a brick
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post #5 of 24
Nice, I love my 6970/6950 cf. I can play 99% of games completely maxed at 1920x1200 and a steady 50fps-60fps, and 570sli should about the same.
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post #6 of 24
Spending USD 275 on a GTX 570 to go for SLI might not be such a great idea. It might be a good idea to sell your GTX 570 and go for GTX 670.
This is the right time for selling your GTX 570 . With new cards like GTX 660 Ti around the corner and the GTX 660 to come after that the resale value of your GTX 570 might really go down a lot. Currently you can sell your GTX 570 for USD 180 - 200. Spend another USD 220 - 230 and get a Gigabyte GTX 670 or EVGA GTX 670 FTW. Since you watercool you have to check whether you need a new waterblock or your existing waterblock might work. For 1080p a single GTX 670 overclocked is more than enough and easily lets you enjoy BF3 multiplayer maxed out (Ultra 4X MSAA) at 60 fps.
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post #7 of 24
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raghu78 I was going to correct you, I am in Canada, but it seems that the average dollar is on par with the US. I very much was considering selling my gtx 570 to upgrade but unfortunately in Canada you pay and extra 15 to 30% on anything new, computer components usually are not quite as bad but by the time the price drops on computer components the next generation has already come out, as in this instance. Also since I don't live in a highly populated area trying to find someone to buy my card at a high price is very unlikely, the best I could get for it would probably be less than $200, and even then I wouldn't buy a card for that price that has a CPU cooler modified to fit it. I could just put the stock cooler back on it and not tell the person buying it that I OC but that's not how I do things. My local seller has the 670 for $400 so that means I would be putting an extra $220+ into my system.

My logic was that with that extra money what performance would I be getting out of it? With out a doubt 670 is better than the 570, but 570 SLI is almost equivalent to 680 (in benchmarks not real application) so the .... added value to my system would then be equivalent to adding a GTX 580 (priced about $530) for the same price as getting GTX 670 ($400). So IF I did sell my card for $200 that would mean I could get a GTX 670 for $200, or a GTX 580 for $330. This leads me to my last option which is the SLI GTX 570 for $274.89 with MIR and I do get close to the performance as the GTX 680. Also with the cards I have chosen I have more Vram then the 680 for high res games in the future.

This whole view is based on the GTX 570 SLI being equivalent to the GTX 680, so I will find those bench marks to hopefully prove me right.
Did play BF3 maxed and it produced consistently over 60 fps on 1920 x 1080 in multi-player which is alight since my monitor is only 60 Hz.

Anyways I am going to go find benchmarks while I am supposed to be working, Cheers:D
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I have to second what Raghu78 said. It would be somewhat of a waste of money to put your dollars towards a card that will soon be outdated. The GTX570 is a great card, and im not disputing the performance you can achieve with one card, or even 2 in SLI. However, your money will be better spent towards a newer card, considering you can get the same performance if not more for the same amount of money you would spend on a new card with the addition of selling your old card. The GTX670 is a great performer, and the GTX660 TI will be more than likely a very good performer as well.

If you did want to stick with the GTX570 plan, you should wait a bit longer. The prices on the GTX570 will more than likely drop after the release of the GTX660 and GTX660 TI, being they will be in the same price bracket.
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I was waiting for quite a while for the prices to go down or to pick up one that was used but like I said before it is quite difficult to find a market for any used computer components where I live. In no way am I saying I disagree, since I already bought the second card I am more interested in seeing if I made a wise choice in the long run. It is very common to see people suggest waiting and just buying a whole new video card set up. I am thinking with they total amount of money that I spent on both cards from when I first built my rig is basically equivalent to buying a GTX 680, and since I do have similar performance I don't feel bad for spending the money either. If I did wait for the 600 series cards I wouldn't have had a computer at all over the last winter so I did get my use of the original card I bought and now that I do want a better performing set up it seemed appropriate to get another card and still save the money for upgrading to the current generation at the same performance.

In time the price of a card my drop but for example my friends 480's in SLI are still only $200 cheaper than their original price after over 2 years, I got my second 570 $130 less than my first card 8 months later on a really good sale, so is it worth waiting to see if it drops any significant amount more..., by that time games could be coming out that are too much for even 570's in SLI to handle for me to save an extra $70. I do see that if I just traded in my single GTX 570 for a 670 would be beneficial but like I said above I can get the performance of a even higher card for the same amount of money in the end. So by the time I need to upgrade I will probably have kids or something and no money so that won't happen anyway hahah.

The only benchmark I could find that is comparable for the GTX 680 and 570's in SLI was 3D Mark 11.
  • 680 which has an average score of 9950
  • My 570's with a score of 10510

I also know that my orginal 570 and OC to a score of 6658 PROOF from 5326 PROOF.
They scale quite good from stock, 5326*2=10652, which is 1.33% over my SLI score.
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post #10 of 24
Hey,

Yes, I would SLI the GTX 570. But, I would also get rid of the 1100T and go with an Ivy/SB/SB-E System. AMD Technology is great if you like budget, and if you do video-editing, but it's not the best platform for gaming. You will see a dramatic frame-rate increase should you upgrade to a new motherboard and processor on the LGA 1155 socket. Being you are on Overclock.net, get a K-series processor. If you go for Ivy bridge, get a 3570K. If SB, get a 2500K/2600K, and If SB-E, Get a 2550K/2700K. They are all great processors with lots of potential, especially if you can get one second-hand from a user here on OCN, if you have a valid paypal. And, you can find good second-hand boards here on OCN too. All reduced price and from trusted sellers. Just what I like. thumb.gif
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