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Originally Posted by Walk_this_way View Post
Synthetic benchmarks are great and all but the biggest problem/complaint with SLI is the so-so performance it provides with some games.

If you're into benching, then you'll definitely get your money's worth.

Also going SLI or not depends on the resolution you game at as well.
Check out sites like HardOCP. They do real world benches with game frame rates at various resolutions. (They also do 3dmark as well). SLI is a good investment for higher frame rates at higher resolutions. For instance, running call of duty 2 when I had two 8800gtx in SLI, with everything maxed out I was still getting 300 FPS. With a single card, I get about 170. There is no real difference in actual gameplay there. (Mind you this is at 1280x1024, if I had a bigger monitor, then it would be different).

Also COD2 is an older game. When you start using titles like Oblivion, then SLI really starts to prove itself.
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Excellent tests. I'd be interested in seeing the price/performance comparison too. It seems to be that SLI will give another 50-100% increase in benchmarks, so to make it worth the $, the more expensive card that gives a 50-100% increase in performance would need to be more than 2x the cost of the slower/cheaper card that's in SLI. Last time I was in the market for a graphics card (last year with the 7xxx series) SLI wasn't very attractive since buying the better card for say $250 usually outperformed 2 cheaper cards at say $150 each. But I'm hoping SLI has come a long way since then. And this is obviously a moot point if you plan on putting the best card on the market in SLI... but who has that kind of money? (rich kids raise your hands now lol)
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Well I did not get an oppertunity to do any ingame testing. However, I did buy an UPS today from circuit city for $159 for a 1500va APC unit. Anyways powering my dell 22", a router, hub, and my pc a 3dmark06 bench hit 459watts of draw on my UPS. Hmmmmmmmm not as high as I expected.
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During 20 minutes of game play using top spin 2 using 380 watts - hmmm maybe it doesn't use SLI effectively as 3dmark06 does?
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