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Hi!
I know SLI will give you higher benchmarks but is it actually worth it paying the extra for the motherboard and two cards. Rather than having a single slot motherboard and upgrading to another card.. ?? I know it might sound confusing but .. ya whatever ..
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Yes in all it will help over all performance's
    
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I would say it's good for people that want only the best. For example, two 7900GT's in SLi but otherwise I would say a single card would do most people.
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Well SLI does Give you a huge FPS boost as you are taking advantage of 2 cards at the sametime. Plus Each card does 50% of the screen so it takes Stress ofd bothe of the cards which then enables them to perform better Giving you a higher FPS and performance.
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Originally Posted by Dr_Fil
Hi!
I know SLI will give you higher benchmarks but is it actually worth it paying the extra for the motherboard and two cards. Rather than having a single slot motherboard and upgrading to another card.. ?? I know it might sound confusing but .. ya whatever ..
To be honest with the next generation of games coming out SLI is gonna shine and i do see a great improvement running SLI in games but it all comes down to 2 things... Money and User Preference
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When I went from a single 6600gt to two of them in sli a while back, I was blown away by the performance increase in benches and games. I had two 7800gt's recently and again from one to two there was a huge overall boost in performance. I have every intention of going sli with my 7900gtx as well. I've had nothing but positive results with sli.

My understanding is that sli'd 7900gt's are faster than any single card including the 7900gtx and the ati top card. Considering that two of them are about the same price as a 7900gtx and you can buy them one at a time as budget dictates, they are a pretty sweet deal. Also, sli motherboards are much cheaper now. Sure, the top board like my Asus A8N32 is still pricey but on a budget, you can get a decent sli board for around $100.

Definitely worth it.
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in my over all opinion, i see it liek this
if u have the money to buy 2 current cards
go for it
but as ive seen, if i keep buying a new 200-300$ card ervery other year,
i will stay quit up to date
as i could never afford to buy 2 cards for 200-300
as the technology advances on the cards (pixel shader speed directx9 yatta yatta)
i see that i would be better off buying 1 top end card, rather then 2 low end cards
thats just how i see it though

so il just keep current after every other year
of course im not rich so i do what i do
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post #8 of 24
Generally, I'd only consider SLi with higher end cards. Two lower end cards won't perform as well / be less power efficient than a single higher end card. I'd personally say only get SLi with higher end cards, and buy them as a pair.

I bought this card with the intention of buying a second later, but the prices didn't drop as low as I thought, and the availabilty dropped due to the end of production. All in all, go for it if you can afford it, but I'd buy them as a pair straight off.
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Also, when you go SLI (or Crossfire for that matter), you better have a CPU that can handle all that power.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart
Also, when you go SLI (or Crossfire for that matter), you better have a CPU that can handle all that power.
Good point im glad you mentioned that
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