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I'll be going sandybridge this weekend (2500k) and I figured, since the board I'm getting has sli/xfire support, think it would be wise to get another 275 for cheap and go SLI? I never tried multiple GPUs before so I'm not sure what to expect performance wise and driver wise.

Also think my psu will be able to handle the load? It has a 80+ SLI certified sticker, though I doubt that actually means much. I'll also be OCing the 2500k btw, aiming for a good 4.3 - 4.5ghz
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power supply should be fine; with sli if configured right you can get an fps increase
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post #3 of 20
I'd suggest selling it and getting a GTX570, but that's just me... or you could SLI two GTX 460's!
    
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You won't get what those 275s are worth if you sell them, grab another 275 as long as you don't care about DX11, you will see between 75 - 90% increase in FPS depending on the game, settings, ect.
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I say grab another GTX 275. At the resolution you game at, a GTX 460 1GB is only 4% faster.

    
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Sell and get a 570.
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post #7 of 20
460's are super cheap, might not even be able to get a 275 for much cheaper then a new reference 460. Also the 460's will add DX11 run cooler and more efficient, scale better and in general are better architecture.
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post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
You won't get what those 275s are worth if you sell them, grab another 275 as long as you don't care about DX11, you will see between 75 - 90% increase in FPS depending on the game, settings, ect.
That's another reason why I was thinking of SLI. Based on some reviews I've seen, I would need to shell out quite a bit again to get a single card that will perform just as good, or better (wallet already took a hit by moving to SB).

I'm still not too sure about SLI though, especially since I've never done it before. Used to read horror stories of microstuttering and driver problems with multi-card setups. Have recent drivers improved on these?
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460's are super cheap, might not even be able to get a 275 for much cheaper then a new reference 460. Also the 460's will add DX11 run cooler and more efficient, scale better and in general are better architecture.
His Power Supply is gonna handle a GTX 275 SLI well. The GTX 275 isn't inefficient and not too hot-running, either. DirectX 11 has yet to make a significant difference in the graphics department but by enabling it you take a pretty big hit on your FPS. Furthermore, a GTX 460 is only 4% faster than a GTX 275. No real reason to get it, IMO. A true upgrade would be something like a GTX 560 Ti or a GTX 570.
    
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel View Post
His Power Supply is gonna handle a GTX 275 SLI well. The GTX 275 isn't inefficient and not too hot-running, either. DirectX 11 has yet to make a significant difference in the graphics department but by enabling it you take a pretty big hit on your FPS. Furthermore, a GTX 460 is only 4% faster than a GTX 275. No real reason to get it, IMO. A true upgrade would be something like a GTX 560 Ti or a GTX 570.

I realize they are similar but my points do hold true if only by a small margin. As I noted it may be hard to find a 275 that is any cheaper then some of the 460's I see on sale. By selling his 275 and buying 2 460's he could see an upgrade all be it a small one, for no more price wise then if he were to just go buy another 275.

And have new cards instead of used. Just my opinion.
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