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i heard that crossfire isnt as good as nvidia sli... is this true?

Yes. I've had many CF setups, 2way and Tri-CF, with many issues. Now there's big frame latency issues with AMD. Ghost frames.
If you go by benchmark FPS alone, buy AMD, but if you want a better in game experience where it counts, go Nvidia.

I just picked up two Galaxy 660Ti 3GB for SLI, and they're butter smooth @ 1440p. Never dips below 70fps Maxed on BF3. Enable Vsync and dominate like a boss.
VRAM usage ranges from 2100MB in BF3 to 2800MB in Crysis 3. I was going to pick up a 690 locally, but the 2GB VRAM is too small now.

TigerDirect has the cards I bought for $275AR plus the $150 F2P bundle.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3693123&CatId=7387
Edited by WorldExclusive - 3/9/13 at 11:53pm
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Was thinking of buying another MSI 660ti and running them SLI or going with a single 670 card. Can anyone help me with how the 660ti runs in SLI or is that card even worth SLI? I plan on playing Elder Scrolls Online when it comes out, as well as the new Tomb Raider and any other future games coming out. I am not sure if this information is relevant or not but here are the rest of my computer specs.

Intel i5 2500 3.30 overclocked to 4.80
MSI 660ti stock..no overclocking
8 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
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Thanks for any info you can provide. This will be my first time running SLI and I want to make sure I wont face bottle necking or performance hits.thumb.gif
post #13 of 44
I'd not suggest going for 660 Ti if you're gonna go SLI directly, stick to 670's as the 660 Ti is capped with a 192-bit bandwith. With such a budget I'd not see it justified to buy crippled cards.
Go for 2x670 or 2x7950. Can stretch more? 2x680 or 2x7970. I'd suggest 4 GB version of 670 or 680, especially if you're running more than 1080p or multi monitors. Would not be good to have power houses in SLI ( 670 or 680 ) be crippled by their VRAM.
AcidNfection, if you already got a 660 Ti then I think it'll be a good purchase to buy another one.
Don't upgrade from a 660 Ti to a 670, it's an upgrade but it's not worth your money. I'd suggest you open a thread yourself too to get help quicker.
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I can recommend the 7950 cf, I only get stuttering when fps is around 20. The two I have are awesome.

I wouldn't get the 660ti's due to the bandwidth issue mentioned in an earlier post.
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post #15 of 44
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I can recommend the 7950 cf, I only get stuttering when fps is around 20. The two I have are awesome.

I wouldn't get the 660ti's due to the bandwidth issue mentioned in an earlier post.
From what I've seen, you'll lose about 10-15% in performance because of bandwidth the 128 bus, but you'll pay up to 40%+ more for a 256 bus. Not good value.

For $1000, I'll buy two 680 4GBs and call it a day. The 670 is in-between a great value card in the 660 Ti and the Flagship 680, which rarely yields good value. Unless they're on sale.
Also, don't disqualify the GTX Titan. No SLI issues, big 384 bus with 6GB VRAM.
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post #16 of 44
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I'd not suggest going for 660 Ti if you're gonna go SLI directly, stick to 670's as the 660 Ti is capped with a 192-bit bandwith. With such a budget I'd not see it justified to buy crippled cards.
Go for 2x670 or 2x7950. Can stretch more? 2x680 or 2x7970. I'd suggest 4 GB version of 670 or 680, especially if you're running more than 1080p or multi monitors. Would not be good to have power houses in SLI ( 670 or 680 ) be crippled by their VRAM.
AcidNfection, if you already got a 660 Ti then I think it'll be a good purchase to buy another one.
Don't upgrade from a 660 Ti to a 670, it's an upgrade but it's not worth your money. I'd suggest you open a thread yourself too to get help quicker.

Great help!! I really do appreciate your input on this matter!! I am trying to educate myself more on the technical aspects and this is perfect info +1 rep!
post #17 of 44
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but you'll pay up to 40%+ more for a 256 bus. Not good value.

The 660ti and the 7950 are around the same price depending on the model. So how is it not a good value?
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post #18 of 44
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Great help!! I really do appreciate your input on this matter!! I am trying to educate myself more on the technical aspects and this is perfect info +1 rep!
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If you already have a 660 Ti, tho, I'd see it as a good purchase buying another one if you're in need of more power and don't want to wait for new cards.
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The 660ti and the 7960 are around the same price depending on the model. So how is it not a good value?

I'm comparing the 660 TI to the GTX 670.
AMD isn't in the conversation. Read the complete post.
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It makes me giggle when everyone starts recommending and fighting on threads like this without asking the OP what resolution he will be playing at redface.gif

To the OP, are you playing on multiple displays? What exactly is your monitors resolution?
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