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Adding a reference 980Ti to my MSI 980Ti 6G ?

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I recently saw an article,which surprised me a little. The surprising part was that you can actually run two cards in SLI and each of them is running its own clock speed. Quote/source:
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Note that each card runs at its own clockspeed. This is something we could verify also while running the tests.
That made me wonder, if this is possible I might wanna get a reference 980Ti if I go SLI (not gonna pull the trigger now,just considering options).
My MSI 980Ti 6G runs on air cooling and is quite an overclocker with 1510MHz/7510MHz without any added voltage. Now I know I won't be able to keep those clocks cause it'd be hard considering temperature rise with SLI, but I can see the benefits of pairing it with a reference 980Ti:
-lower cost: I'd almost certainly be buying 2nd hand, been following 980Ti prices and while new reference ones are not worth buying over non-reference ones, they still sell a lot cheaper when in used condition.
-reference style blower means the card won't dump hot air into the case,which would make the top msi one even hotter
-I suppose running it as GPU#2 will lower the load and therefore the temperature. Do I really need to spend extra $ for a non reference cooled one ? If the reference card can reach 1400MHz that's all I want from a secondary GPU as long as the info about the ability to run separate clocks in SLI is true.

Okay, let's have plenty responses here, sli users are most welcome. thumb.gif
Edited by Klocek001 - 2/10/16 at 10:08am
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Different clockspeeds? Highly doubtful.

My 780 Ti SLI and 980 SLI would see the higher card default to the lower card's clockspeed.

And be careful mixing and matching 980 Ti. There is no guarantee they will actually work in SLI. A Zotax 980 and Evga 980 would not work together for me. Had to sell the Zotac and buy another evga.
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I heard this is an issue with evga. Although ppl on OCN said 980Ti Hybrid would certainly work with my 980Ti 6G for some reason.
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