To SLI or not to SLI

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#1 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

Hi, I have been using my Twin Frozr II 560 Ti for a year and a half, and have been happy with the performance. Now I can find used 560 Ti on ebay for less than £100, so I was thinking of SLI'ing.

On the other hand, I plan to upgrade to Haswell later this year , so I can forget the SLI, save the £100 towards a future GPU along with Haswell, possibly Titan/GTX 770?

Another point being that 560 Ti only has 1 GB memory, so I don't see this SLI setup being future proof, so I am better of buying a single GPU later on along with the CPU upgrade. Opinions?

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#2 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
I wouldn't. Vram is only 1GB. Besides, the 560Ti should be able to play most games at high to max settings. Just overclock the GPU for now. Buy a GTX 670 if you can't wait for 700 series.
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#3 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
I wouldn't. Vram is only 1GB. Besides, the 560Ti should be able to play most games at high to max settings. Just overclock the GPU for now. Buy a GTX 670 if you can't wait for 700 series.Elann2008
Oh I can wait for sure, It is pre-overclocked. Just thought that spending £100 isn't that big of a deal, but wanted to hear if it is worth spending. Guess not.
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#4 Posted by Horgen (116225 posts) -
I wouldn't. Vram is only 1GB. Besides, the 560Ti should be able to play most games at high to max settings. Just overclock the GPU for now. Buy a GTX 670 if you can't wait for 700 series.Elann2008
More like high. Even my gtx 680 doesn't give a playable FPS at max settings in several games.
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#5 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
[QUOTE="Elann2008"]I wouldn't. Vram is only 1GB. Besides, the 560Ti should be able to play most games at high to max settings. Just overclock the GPU for now. Buy a GTX 670 if you can't wait for 700 series.horgen123
More like high. Even my gtx 680 doesn't give a playable FPS at max settings in several games.

I max some settings, some I can live without being maxed.
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#6 Posted by General_X (9137 posts) -
I've always been a strong advocate for single GPU's over SLI/Crossfire configurations, especially on single monitor set-ups. There are just too many drawbacks to multi-card solutions.
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#7 Posted by WastelandArcher (78 posts) -
I've always been a strong advocate for single GPU's over SLI/Crossfire configurations, especially on single monitor set-ups. There are just too many drawbacks to multi-card solutions.General_X
I agree with this assessment.
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#8 Posted by Horgen (116225 posts) -
[QUOTE="dramaybaz"] I max some settings, some I can live without being maxed.

Likewise. In everyday gaming I can not tell the difference between having Sleeping Dogs at extreme and at the custom setting I currently got. Took AA down a notch or two, plus put shadows on normal instead of high I think. 60FPS no problem anymore!
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#9 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -

My mate has just gone SLI on his 560TI and he seems happy with it. He's gone 3D/120Hz too.

Edit: Also I was in your position back in March last year, 560TI SLI or 680 was my choice.

Sold my 560TI to my mate cuz I didn't like the idea of SLI and went with the 680, lol.

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#10 Posted by James161324 (8315 posts) -

The problem with SLI is its hit and miss. When it works its great, but when it doesn't it sucks.

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#11 Posted by mitu123 (155156 posts) -

Get a new card, that 1GB VRAM will bottleneck you in the future.

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#12 Posted by Horgen (116225 posts) -

My mate has just gone SLI on his 560TI and he seems happy with it. He's gone 3D/120Hz too.

Edit: Also I was in your position back in March last year, 560TI SLI or 680 was my choice.

Sold my 560TI to my mate cuz I didn't like the idea of SLI and went with the 680, lol.

acanofcoke
And now you SLI with the 680 instead :P
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#13 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -
[QUOTE="acanofcoke"]

My mate has just gone SLI on his 560TI and he seems happy with it. He's gone 3D/120Hz too.

Edit: Also I was in your position back in March last year, 560TI SLI or 680 was my choice.

Sold my 560TI to my mate cuz I didn't like the idea of SLI and went with the 680, lol.

horgen123
And now you SLI with the 680 instead :P

Yeah, it's funny how things turn out.
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#14 Posted by mitu123 (155156 posts) -

[QUOTE="horgen123"][QUOTE="acanofcoke"]

My mate has just gone SLI on his 560TI and he seems happy with it. He's gone 3D/120Hz too.

Edit: Also I was in your position back in March last year, 560TI SLI or 680 was my choice.

Sold my 560TI to my mate cuz I didn't like the idea of SLI and went with the 680, lol.

acanofcoke

And now you SLI with the 680 instead :P

Yeah, it's funny how things turn out.

That's because SLI is awesome!

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#15 Posted by ShadowDeathX (11609 posts) -

No. Don't SLI. You have a mid-range older generation card. I wouldn't recommended SLI when your card is about to be 2 generations old. If you had a GTX 580, yeah sure go ahead and SLI but not on a mid-range older card this far into the newer generation.

Save up for the 8xxx/7xx series cards. I would only do SLI on mid-range cards when they are still in their current generation or early next-gen.

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#16 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Meh, guess I'll pass, no biggie. Bring on Haswell and 7 series.
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#17 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

No. Don't SLI. You have a mid-range older generation card. I wouldn't recommended SLI when your card is about to be 2 generations old. If you had a GTX 580, yeah sure go ahead and SLI but not on a mid-range older card this far into the newer generation.

ShadowDeathX
Although I am not going to SLI, question is why not on a mid range, but on 580 would have been fine? It seems to scale pretty well to me from benchmarks, granted at this point VRAM is too low.
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#18 Posted by ShadowDeathX (11609 posts) -
[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]

No. Don't SLI. You have a mid-range older generation card. I wouldn't recommended SLI when your card is about to be 2 generations old. If you had a GTX 580, yeah sure go ahead and SLI but not on a mid-range older card this far into the newer generation.

dramaybaz
Although I am not going to SLI, question is why not on a mid range, but on 580 would have been fine? It seems to scale pretty well to me from benchmarks, granted at this point VRAM is too low.

Because a GTX 580 is still pretty good now a days. Adding another will be just fine. On the other hand, a 560Ti was mid-range. SLIing won't last as long.
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#19 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
[QUOTE="dramaybaz"][QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]

No. Don't SLI. You have a mid-range older generation card. I wouldn't recommended SLI when your card is about to be 2 generations old. If you had a GTX 580, yeah sure go ahead and SLI but not on a mid-range older card this far into the newer generation.

ShadowDeathX
Although I am not going to SLI, question is why not on a mid range, but on 580 would have been fine? It seems to scale pretty well to me from benchmarks, granted at this point VRAM is too low.

Because a GTX 580 is still pretty good now a days. Adding another will be just fine. On the other hand, a 560Ti was mid-range. SLIing won't last as long.

Heck I am mostly happy with the single performance, SLI thought occurred since they seem to be rather cheap.
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#20 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -

[QUOTE="dramaybaz"][QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]

No. Don't SLI. You have a mid-range older generation card. I wouldn't recommended SLI when your card is about to be 2 generations old. If you had a GTX 580, yeah sure go ahead and SLI but not on a mid-range older card this far into the newer generation.

ShadowDeathX

Although I am not going to SLI, question is why not on a mid range, but on 580 would have been fine? It seems to scale pretty well to me from benchmarks, granted at this point VRAM is too low.

Because a GTX 580 is still pretty good now a days. Adding another will be just fine. On the other hand, a 560Ti was mid-range. SLIing won't last as long.

Although 560TI SLI is a tiny bit better than 680 performance only with a Vram bottleneck.

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#21 Posted by FaustArp (1036 posts) -
I would mainly suggest SLI if there aren't any faster single GPUs to upgrade to. If you had a 670 or 680 I would say go for it. But in your shoes I would suggest waiting for 7xx cards to hit.
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#22 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
I would mainly suggest SLI if there aren't any faster single GPUs to upgrade to. If you had a 670 or 680 I would say go for it. But in your shoes I would suggest waiting for 7xx cards to hit.FaustArp
Heh, If I had a 670 or 680, The thought of SLI won't even cross me on a single monitor! That would be pretty pointless to me. :P
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#23 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -
[QUOTE="FaustArp"]I would mainly suggest SLI if there aren't any faster single GPUs to upgrade to. If you had a 670 or 680 I would say go for it. But in your shoes I would suggest waiting for 7xx cards to hit.dramaybaz
Heh, If I had a 670 or 680, The thought of SLI won't even cross me on a single monitor! That would be pretty pointless to me. :P

It's not pointless, trust me.
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#24 Posted by FaustArp (1036 posts) -

[QUOTE="dramaybaz"][QUOTE="FaustArp"]I would mainly suggest SLI if there aren't any faster single GPUs to upgrade to. If you had a 670 or 680 I would say go for it. But in your shoes I would suggest waiting for 7xx cards to hit.acanofcoke
Heh, If I had a 670 or 680, The thought of SLI won't even cross me on a single monitor! That would be pretty pointless to me. :P

It's not pointless, trust me.

I play on a single display (HDTV), and buying my 2nd 680 is one of the best decisions I've ever made as a gamer.

And, yeah, pretty far from pointless:

^^3DMark11 :)

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#25 Posted by mitu123 (155156 posts) -

[QUOTE="FaustArp"]I would mainly suggest SLI if there aren't any faster single GPUs to upgrade to. If you had a 670 or 680 I would say go for it. But in your shoes I would suggest waiting for 7xx cards to hit.dramaybaz
Heh, If I had a 670 or 680, The thought of SLI won't even cross me on a single monitor! That would be pretty pointless to me. :P

Not even close, hell I'm going to SLI again soon because of those demanding games.

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#26 Posted by lockjaw333 (1743 posts) -
I've read a lot about multi GPU issues, the worst of which is micro stuttering. Stuttering is something the drives me nuts in games, I would no be able to deal with that. I wouldnt add another card in your position simply because of the 1gb of vram. Games out now are already utilizing over 1GB with extras enabled, so I imagine it will bottleneck you in the future. I would go with a single card solution with at least 2gb and double up later if you need the boost.
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#27 Posted by mitu123 (155156 posts) -

I've read a lot about multi GPU issues, the worst of which is micro stuttering. Stuttering is something the drives me nuts in games, I would no be able to deal with that. I wouldnt add another card in your position simply because of the 1gb of vram. Games out now are already utilizing over 1GB with extras enabled, so I imagine it will bottleneck you in the future. I would go with a single card solution with at least 2gb and double up later if you need the boost.lockjaw333
Which doesn't happen as much in the past gens of gpus.

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#28 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

People already need to SLI 680s to play decently? But I said pointless to me! I am the kind of person that plays on decent framerates, and don't mind if every single option isn't maxed, i.e. shadows. Rarely do games make good use of shadows, where going from med/ high to ultra is worth it.

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#29 Posted by mitu123 (155156 posts) -

People already need to SLI 680s to play decently?

dramaybaz

To stay at 60FPS or higher on max settings and high res like 2560x1440-2560x1600 along with triple monitor res SLI is needed yo!