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Recently picked up a third 4gb 680 and was wondering if anyone here could give some feedback on some firsthand performance increases in real world scenarios. You can read benchmarks all day and look at synthetic numbers all you want but that doesn't say anything for real world performance. I am aware that as time has gone on, SLI scaling has only gotten better.

On top of that, I read that the introduction of a third card eliminates microstutter. I understand everything an all that and why it works and how it works and all that good jazz. I am only asking, does it actually feel like that? Is it noticeable?

I appreciate any feedback. This is the first time I have done a 3-way SLI build and I am really looking forward to it. To top it off, I even got a EVGA SLI PRO Bridge to make it look all fancy. Let me hear what we have to say. Thanks in advance guys.
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how is that bridge? I just purchased it myself from HELLFIRE PC. I have a Triple SLI 670 4gb setup but waiting on a motherboard. the more cards the better. Are you running 3 monitors also?
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I haven't got a chance to actually use the bridge just yet but I did kind of pop it in my current rig once just to see it light up. The EVGA logo on the front does indeed light up. It has some white LEDs behind it. I am currently awaiting the arrival of my Corsair 760t chassy so I can complete my new build and run with all 3 of my 680s instead of just 2 of them. Dang you Z77! I can't wait to get this X79 up and going, but go figure, the pre-order I made on the chassy is on back order if you can believe that.

But to answer you question, yes, I most certainly am running triple monitors via NVIDIA Surround at a good bezel corrected 5860x1080p. Hence why I need the extra VRAM. My Skyrim (which keep in mind is modded to Oblivion (sorry for the pun) with nearly 100 mods) can sometimes tickle 3.5gb of VRAM usage in heavy areas.

But dude... this bridge is so freaking cool. It has a nice aluminum finish on the front and the rest is black plastic - but not cheap feeling plastic. It also feels extraordinarily rigid, which is nice because I feel like it keeps the cards better aligned so they don't sag and look sad. It was kind of retardly overpriced though. I can't remember what the exact cost was but I do remember it was unreasonable - that didn't matter though, I wanted it, and impulse bought without much second thought. I figured it would compliment my new build nicely.

I did actually want to upgrade my 680s to 780s but I couldn't find any 780s with extra VRAM for super high resolution usage. Or at the very least MATCH my 4gb that my current cards have. That was kind of a bummer but that just means I don't have to spend more money.
post #4 of 12
which bridge did you get? send me a link I have one that's cool but does not light up.
post #5 of 12
Should be this one http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-3W-0031-LR

It only lights up on certain cards though.
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According to the link it says you need a 700 series card for the bridge to light up. Are you saying that it lights up with your 680s?
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No it didn't unfortunately but I though that was because it didn't have all 3 cards on it. Well poop - Oh well, looks freakin awesome anyway!

It goes well with the aluminum grayish highlighting of my cards - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130794

Now honostly EVGA-Jacob, why was that done? Lets be serious for a second, was that done as another *upgrade* incentive? Surely that would have be actually a lot easier to have it light up for ALL cards. I don't see the issue since there is obvious electrical current going through the bridge. Or am I actually truly missing something on why is was not able to be done?
Edited by Phononix - 3/18/14 at 3:59am
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I have the 670's 4gb with that bridge. on the box it does not state you need 780's for it to work. I havnt hooked mine up yet either. Still waiting on parts
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post #10 of 12
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Should be with any 700 series card or a titan I am pretty sure. I don't think it is just the 780s. That would be kind of stupid... Regardless, I am still waiting for my 760t. I would have put it in my current case for now but I have had to RMA 2 RoG IV Extreme boards due to defects. Everything from bent pins to PCB damage... I have been contemplating selling these 3 680s for around $1200 then picking 2 780ti's for $1400ish. Think it would be worth it?
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