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I have a GTX 660 right now and am wanting to future proof my PC a little more right now. How much performance would a second 660 give? I'm confident in my FX 8350 to last quite a while, but I'm noticing the newer games coming out rely on GPU quite a bit. I'm seeing massive frame increases when upgrading from 660 to 670, or a 6950 to a 7950 (just for examples) or even OC'ing the GPU's... but not too many more frames by adjusting the CPU.

Before anyone asks, I don't have the money to just swap GPU and upgrade it. The best I can do is add another card to the system.

I was also wondering if this would drop the temps on the single card at all. I'm staying pretty low, but was wondering if I would see a drop at all (even by 2F)
Edited by AcEsSalvation - 4/3/13 at 8:55am
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It will give you more performance than a 680 in 90% of games. I had a 660 sli setup that I tried for awhile and I like them but they didnt do so hot when I moved to 2560x1440. At 1920x1080 I had no issues but I was getting massive stuttering in some titles at 2560x1440. If its all you can afford then go for it.
 
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I plan to stay with 1920x1080. I might get another monitor, but I won't play on both. It would just be for multitasking on lower demand games. (A few MMORTS while playing Planetside2 for example)

I also saw the price of the 660TI, and was thinking if I get enough money from my 660 if I sell it, would it be worth it to get a 660TI and then add another one down the road?
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Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

I have a GTX 660 right now and am wanting to future proof my PC a little more right now. How much performance would a second 660 give? I'm confident in my FX 8350 to last quite a while, but I'm noticing the newer games coming out rely on GPU quite a bit. I'm seeing massive frame increases when upgrading from 660 to 670, or a 6950 to a 7950 (just for examples) or even OC'ing the GPU's... but not too many more frames by adjusting the CPU.

Before anyone asks, I don't have the money to just swap GPU and upgrade it. The best I can do is add another card to the system.

I was also wondering if this would drop the temps on the single card at all. I'm staying pretty low, but was wondering if I would see a drop at all (even by 2F)

AlienBabelTech did a comparison between the 660, 660 SLI, 680, and 7970 GE...

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It looks like almost 2x the frames, so that's good. I was worried about the efficiency. If I was going to pay another $200 to get 60FPS in a game where I am already getting 45FPS, it's not really worth it.
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An "upgrade" to a Ti wouldnt be worth it IMO because your still being held back by a 192-bit bus when its said and done. If you where to get anything else I would say 670/680 sli would be the next things to look at.
 
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I just saw the $300 price, and the price of a 660 is $200. And I've heard the TI is about 30%-40% better. But if it really worth just going for the 670 than the 660TI, I'll just stick with 660 SLI, I'm happy with my frames now, and I'm sure it will be enough until I get my SLI.

EDIT: Does anyone know how to customize the fan speeds on the card? I can't hear my GPU fans over anything in the house, and that includes my liquid CPU cooler. I wouldn't mind having it go above 40% at 80C I found MSI Afterburner
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