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So I've read conflicting reports on the interwebs about "mixing and matching" cards in SLI configuration and I just wondered if anyone has a GTX470 running in SLI with another non-470 card, and wondering how is the performance?

At the moment the GTX460's are waaaaaaay cheaper in Japan than the 470's and I was wondering if a 460 could run in SLI with a 470?

Also, I've recently put my 470 under water and so another option would be to put a GTX480 @ stock clocks and cooling, or even a 570 or 580 in SLI so that I can retain the OC on my GTX470 without needing to redo my WC loop to handle a 480 as the clocks on this would mean I dont lose much of the performance gains from the 470 being under water (lowers total clock wins). The 480's are about the same price as the 470's at the moment so this could also be an option.
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Cards have to be the same. For example 470-470 will work not 470-570, though you can mix and match manufacturers (MSI-Asus).
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Thanks woundingchaney
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The only way to mix and match like this is to have a motherboard using the Lucid Hydra chip, which allows combinations of all cards. Even then, the scaling for those setups are very bad, thus the reason they are not more popular.

You could get a 460/50 and dedicate it to PhysX, but it wouldn't be the best way to spend it in my opinion, as very few games support PhysX, and only a small portion do it well. The card would be idle 90% of the time.

ATI have different methods, where you can Crossfire (2> cards, similar to SLI) any cars of the same series, such as 5850/5830/5870/5970. Bear in mind, again, scaling is sometimes less superior than it would be with 2 identical cards even in this situation.

As for SLI, the cards must be the same, although, as said, you can mix and match brands.

Hope this helped.

    
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or 465 flashed to 470 paired with a 470
    
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The only way to mix and match like this is to have a motherboard using the Lucid Hydra chip, which allows combinations of all cards. Even then, the scaling for those setups are very bad, thus the reason they are not more popular.

You could get a 460/50 and dedicate it to PhysX, but it wouldn't be the best way to spend it in my opinion, as very few games support PhysX, and only a small portion do it well. The card would be idle 90% of the time.

ATI have different methods, where you can Crossfire (2> cards, similar to SLI) any cars of the same series, such as 5850/5830/5870/5970. Bear in mind, again, scaling is sometimes less superior than it would be with 2 identical cards even in this situation.

As for SLI, the cards must be the same, although, as said, you can mix and match brands.

Hope this helped.


The scaling isn't too bad as long as you stay within Nvidia+Nvidia and ATi+ATi... If you mix ATi + Nvidia the scaling is horrendous lol.
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