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Advice about going SLI w/ GTX 680s 4GB

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Appreciate any advice on this --

I have a Evga GTX 680 FTW 4GB card, which I like a lot and have had no problems with. I see this offer on newegg for a refurbished Evga GTX 680 Classified and am kind of intrigued:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130964

$350 is a tempting price. Ordinarily I wouldn't really consider a refurb card, but I trust newegg and it does come with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty.

My 680 FTW and the 680 Classy both have 4GB Vram, so that should be compatible SLI-wise. The Classy does have a slightly higher clock -- 1,110 MHz vs. the FTW's 1,084 MHz -- but it doesn't seem like this discrepancy should pose a problem if I wanted to go SLI (?)

I have a Corsair AX850 80+ Gold Certified PSU, so again, that should be plenty for GTX 680s SLI, yes?

Now, I game in 1080p, so SLI may in some respects seem like overkill. I have an Asus 144Hz monitor (set w/ the lightboost hack to120Hz), so some extra frames from SLI would not entirely go to waste.


Anyway, any thoughts on the benefits I might see from SLI, the advisability (or not) of potentially mixing a GTX 680 FTW with a GTX 680 Classified, the dangers of a refurbished GPU, or anything at all -- I'd be grateful to hear from you.


My specs, just for the record:

intel i7 3770k @ 4.5 GHz
Evga GTX 680 FTW 4GB
Asus Maximus V Gene
16GB DDR3-1600 RAM
Corsair AX850 80+ Gold Certified PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
post #2 of 3
Looks like a great deal and I've purchased many refurb. items and never had a problem.
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Thread Starter 
good to know about refurbs -- thanks

i should have realized that this was probably a one-off deal from newegg, and acted more quickly -- 'cuz now it's gone! really did seem like a very good bargain in retrospect. ah well.
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