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Worth upgrading sli GTX 280's?

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Title says it all. I have two 280's in sli. Im getting ready for Battlefield 3 to come out and I have a birthday coming up. At this point is it worth the upgrade or should I just stick with what I have?

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Those cards wouldn't be terribly underpowered IMO. You won't be playing on max settings on it but it should still play well enough. I can't really guess as to what FPS you would get but I would think it would be acceptable. A newer card would definitely be a valid upgrade for the sheer processing power but both Nvidia and ATI's newer cards are also MUCH more energy efficient.

Some reviews I've seen say that your two cards in SLI are equivalent to the gtx 480. Another thing is DX11, we will be seeing more and more games taking advantage of it and your 280's dont support it. Generally, one high powered card is always a better option than two weaker cards in sli.
Edited by Roll Cam Tide - 4/24/11 at 8:31pm
post #3 of 4
You should be fine at high settings, DX 10 in Battlefield 3. The graphics don't look that impressive to me to be honest. Crysis 2 looks better.
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Thanks for the replies, Im having an issue with the primary 280 running hot because I have to have them right next to each other. I think maybe ill spend the money replacing the case so I can move the second card down a slot and just stick with dx10. The 280's are such awesome cards honestly if I could get compiz to work with three cards in ubuntu life would be perfect.
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