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Single GPU or SLI? Which Do You Prefer & Why?

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  • 46% (22)
    Single Nvidia GPU User
  • 53% (25)
    Nvidia SLI User
47 Total Votes  
post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I've been using dual SLI for a very long time and I have been recently thinking about going back to using a single, powerful gpu. I've enjoyed running SLI but now, since graphic cards are soooo powerful these days, I'm considering going back to using a single gpu What about you?

Please answer the following question if you are a single Nvidia gpu user:
Why do you prefer using a single Nvida gpu?

Please answer the following question if you are a SLI user:
Why do you prefer SLI?
post #2 of 18
I myself have been there and done that with SLI, and personally I like to stick with single GPU setups because it eliminates some of the weird lag you get with SLI sometimes. Also some weird visual anomalies were present in some of my games rendering SLI basically useless for me.
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post #3 of 18
Its better to buy the biggest baddest card you can afford and then if you can later upgrade to SLI. SLI just limits your upgrade options so its best to avoid it on a tight budget.
post #4 of 18
I prefer multi-gpu because you cannot run surround gaming with only a single gpu, and also there is currently no single gpu that is as powerful as tri-sli Also makes me feel much geekier
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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poisoner View Post
Its better to buy the biggest baddest card you can afford and then if you can later upgrade to SLI. SLI just limits your upgrade options so its best to avoid it on a tight budget.
That too! I forgot to add that in my little rant about it.
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post #6 of 18
For me, the very tiny performance gain that I noticed from having SLI cards, in no way whatsoever made up for the headaches that SLI causes.

Just after you've spent days and days getting your settings all right, you rip the plastic off of that new game you want to play, install it while rubbing your hands gleefully and then it crashes 2 minutes in because of some SLI induced problem.

The headache just isn't worth the tiny tiny benefit.
post #7 of 18
i answered the poll question of "Who Are you?" as a Nvidia SLI user (because that's what i'm currently running), but i prefer single GPU. lower possibility of incompatibilities and arguably a more fluid gaming experience.
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post #8 of 18
i love SLi!
this is my first multi GPU experience (ive only had it for a month) and im loving it!
not only does it give me GTX570 performance for MUCH less, it also ENLARGES MY EPEEN.

i hope SLi hax works with 3 GPUs cuz im really thinking about a 3rd one. GTX580 performance? PERHAPS!
    
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post #9 of 18
I fell in love with SLI back in the 8/9 series days. It can really extend the lifespan of your cards.

Honestly, I'd probably still be using my SLI 9800GTs right now if they hadn't died on me. Crysis and metro were the only games in my library that really slowed them down.

I don't know that I'll ever go back to a single card setup in the near future. SLI-ing cards with high performance/price always seems to yield better results than paying a premium for the absolute top of the line single gpu.
post #10 of 18
Single
+Less heat
+Lower power consumption
+Less potential driver issues
+Costs less

-Performs worse
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