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 Post subject: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:00 am 
Smithfield
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GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB in 2-Way and 3-Way SLI Configurations

There's some interesting results there to show how putting two or three midrange cards does against the higher end. But it basically boils down to that the GTX 660 Ti in 2-Way SLI performs better, sometimes up to 50% better against a single GTX 680 for about 32% the cost. 3-Way SLI against a GTX 690 is slightly better, but paying that much for graphics (and real estate in the case) is just WTF. In regards to power consumption though, idle there is barely any difference, but on load, 2-way SLI eats up 130W more than a single GTX 680 and is about the same as the GTX 690. 3-Way SLI is 240W more than the GTX 680 and about 100W more than the GTX 690.

So if you're willing to put up with the higher power consumption and don't mind spending about $660, I think a GTX 660 Ti setup in 2-Way SLI makes sense.

Before you go "but microstuttering!", the perception of it is only obnoxiously obvious at lower frame rates (25 or less) and it really depends on how sensitive you are to it. I have a setup of the GTX 560 Ti in 2-Way SLI and I don't really notice anything.


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 Post subject: Re: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:33 pm 
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I was wondering about this, but not the Ti version. How would two 660s (about $200 each) do versus a 680? Much less cost, and I would think it would be a far better setup for apps that can utilize multiple GPUs.


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 Post subject: Re: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:54 pm 
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The snag is that so few actually and truly run SLI or XF. The market just doesn't exists. Maybe 1/10 of my builds is a two card rig. And I build 20-25/month. Sure, the shoppers talk a good game...but when it's game on, it's a single GPU play. It's not a bad thing, just a reality.


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 Post subject: Re: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:47 pm 
Smithfield
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SLI/XF is basically summed up as those who want next gen performance with current gen features.


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 Post subject: Re: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:12 am 
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95% of the time I'd recomend a single card, and not using SLI / X-Fire as an upgrade path, but I broke my own advice when I stepped up to a GTX670 SLI set-up a few weeks ago when I also steped-up to a 30" (2560x1600) monitor.


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 Post subject: Re: X-bit Labs Examines GTX 660 Ti in SLI
PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:14 am 
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kleinkinstein wrote:
The snag is that so few actually and truly run SLI or XF. The market just doesn't exists. Maybe 1/10 of my builds is a two card rig. And I build 20-25/month. Sure, the shoppers talk a good game...but when it's game on, it's a single GPU play. It's not a bad thing, just a reality.


The reasons very few people buy it is because very few people understand it, and SLi/XF rigs are buy definition "high end" rigs.


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