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post #1 of 6
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So, here's the question. What do you guys think? Single or dual GPU's? No, I don't want input from the crazy benchmarkers. This is purely for the gamer wanting a solid machine. Explain your reasoning.


I vote single card.

Dual cards have their advantages and disadvantages. I think the cons outweigh the pros. Here's why:

A single, very powerful GPU can be had for around $350. $350, and in one slot. Doesn't take up much room in the case, and easily managed cooling. Plus, you don't have the pontential driver issues had with SLI or Crossfire. Also, there is no such thing as a 100% gain in a dual card environment. Dual cards usually cost more to match the performance of a single card. Even if they do prove to be a better value, you still have two cards. That means more energy used, and more heat. This is Overclock.net. We need low temps for overclocking, yo. Overclocking was originally discovered as a means to achieve greater performance with lesser cost. Call me a dinosaur, but I still operate that way.

In conclusion, I'll take my single 7950 over dual 7850's, thank you very much.
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post #2 of 6
depends. in your case - yes, single is preferable. other peoples' case, like mine, dual 7950/7970 is better over the titan. the latter is out of my reach.
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post #3 of 6
Single if you can drop that amount in one go, but dual can be a good option if you have to stretch out a build over a few months. I prefer single GPU... but the 7970/680/Titan class of cards are a bit out of my reach weirdsmiley.gif
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post #4 of 6
pretty simple :
Unless you go for a 1k$ graphics card, you are going to make concessions on the quality of the game's graphics in 1920*1080. And yes there are problems from time to time with the sli/cfx drivers so you shouldn't consider it util you have either more than one (hd) monitor or an over hd resolution.

So if you are budget limited : pick a single card

I have a gtx 680 and it can't run farcry 3 with everything set on ultra with a constant 60 fps V-sync.
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post #5 of 6
Best single card you can afford. For proper gaming dual is not always all that it's seems to be from benchmark scores.

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post #6 of 6
Dual cards are hit and miss with gaming. Some games work great and then the dual card rocks. Other games not so much and you get single card performance despite having dual cards. Single cards are more than enough for me.
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