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post #1 of 10
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Hello,

I was wondering if i should go with a single 6870 or buy another 550 Ti and SLI them? I'm currently on a budget. I've read that the 550 Ti SLI will out perform the the 6870.

Here is the 6870 I was planning on getting -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202032

What do you guys think?

My Specs are as follows:

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX 6100 - 3.8GHz
8GB G.SKILL
2 Western Digital HDD
1 Seagate HDD
GTX 550 Ti FPB
CX600
post #2 of 10
Hello there!

I would just go for another 550, as this would be cheap to buy used, and will probably give you a good bit better frames than one 6870!

So save the money, and get better frames! Buy another card 550 smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Dawkness View Post

Hello,

I was wondering if i should go with a single 6870 or buy another 550 Ti and SLI them? I'm currently on a budget. I've read that the 550 Ti SLI will out perform the the 6870.

Here is the 6870 I was planning on getting -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202032

What do you guys think?

My Specs are as follows:

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX 6100 - 3.8GHz
8GB G.SKILL
2 Western Digital HDD
1 Seagate HDD
GTX 550 Ti FPB
CX600

Which 550 ti do you own? I'd say SLI on this too thumb.gif
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Hello there!

I would just go for another 550, as this would be cheap to buy used, and will probably give you a good bit better frames than one 6870!

So save the money, and get better frames! Buy another card 550 smile.gif

I agree. Having had a 6870 and later on crossfiring them, I wouldn't suggest the card if you every wanted to go down that path. Crossfire on those cards is not good.

One 6870 might give you a more consistent experience than 2 550ti, but the 550ti will give you a better experience that 2 6870 ever would.
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post #5 of 10
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I currently own the EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB 1GBGDDR5. Thank you for your opinions, It helps to have other people weigh in too.
post #6 of 10
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I agree. Having had a 6870 and later on crossfiring them, I wouldn't suggest the card if you every wanted to go down that path. Crossfire on those cards is not good.

One 6870 might give you a more consistent experience than 2 550ti, but the 550ti will give you a better experience that 2 6870 ever would.

True, AMD has massive stutter issues in multi gpu, while Nvidia only has a fraction of that. This is not an annoyance for everyone, but I noticed it very well on all my earlier Crossfire setups.
One strong card will always be better than two or three cards when it comes to smoothness, but two cards in SLI is very good I think, and the extra latency it brings is so little that even for me I can live with it just fine, and most will never notice at all!
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post #7 of 10
i think you would just match a single 6870 with 550TI sli. but check out the power consumption . . .

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=540
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i think you would just match a single 6870 with 550TI sli. but check out the power consumption . . .

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/541?vs=540

Nah, you would only have similar results in a few games such as crysis or metro. You do bring up a valid point about power consumption though. Make sure your power supply is up to it OP thumb.gif
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Overclocked: 3800 MHz, 1.3 V
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post #10 of 10
a GTX 550 Ti seems to cost USD 120 . selling your GTX 550 Ti can get you 50 - 60 bucks. throw in another another 20 - 30 bucks and you have a GTX 660 or HD 7850 2GB. pick the card you want . enjoy the games or sell the coupons to cut costs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709+600094002+600122953&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=48&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651
at USD 180 after +10% off w/ promo code EMCXSWP234, ends 4/18 its a good deal. usd 170 after mail in rebate. overclocks to 1.1 - 1.15 Ghz easily and matches HD 7870 performance.

if you prefer Nvidia go for GTX 660

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-SUPERCLOCKED-Graphics-02G-P4-2662-KR/dp/B00966IREK/

both these cards are easily faster than GTX 550 Ti SLI. draw less power . provide more consistent performance thumb.gif
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