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My current system is...

 

Asus P8P67 MB

8GB Kingston RAM

128GB Kingston SSD

1TB Western Digital Business HD

nVidia 570

i7-2600

Win7 Enterprise

 

PSU which I cannot remember for the life of me what make and wattage (I'll update this when I get home)

 

Aside the question of whether the upgrade is worth it or not (probably not):

 

1. If I decide to buy an extra nVidia Card, should I:

 

a) Wait until GeForce 700 series hits the market and wait for the reviews?

b) Buy a 600 series now, and if so, which model is best for money?

 

2. If buy a card, would it be advisable to SLI the 570 and the new card together or just replace the 570?

 

Thanks

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2. If buy a card, would it be advisable to SLI the 570 and the new card together or just replace the 570?

Just a handy tip: You can't SLI Nvidia cards unless they're both the same model. Same goes for using CrossFire with ATI/AMD cards. :(

 

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There goes that plan... (buying a new card and SLI it with my old one)

 

So it's either buy a new and replace, or buy an old and SLI it...

tim_chenw2.png
6,924th to 30 hunting, 13,394th to 30 summoning, 52,993rd to 30 Divination

Kiln Record (Post-EoC): W 25 - L 0, 14 Uncut Onyx, 8 Jad hits received (Best record: Two in the same kiln)
Obby set renewed post update #2: 0

QBD drops: 21 crossbow parts, 3 Visages, 1 Kites, 2 Kits

Max Port Score [2205] Achieved: 27th April 2013 (World 2nd)

 

Farmyard Rampage ranking: 12th, 50,000 Kills.

 

Dragon Pickaxe Drops: 1 (Times after I first entered Battlefield: 2h)

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Not that I know much about hardware.

 

You may still be able to sell your current card for a decent price, allowing you to purchase a single new one.

 

If you're going to SLI, then you're practically doubling the wattage drawn from the PSU into graphics alone. If this is greater than the output of your PSU, then you'll need to consider the cost of upgrading the PSU as well. Of course a single new card may have the same problem, so you'll need to check on that.

 

Performance gain through 2xSLI isn't double. A handy comparison using 570's here: http://www.tomshardw...ng,2865-10.html

iirc this is due to PCI-E bandwidth limitations which is usually specified on the motherboard specs. Yours specifically http://www.asus.com/...#specifications

The PCIEX16_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_1 slot, PCIEX1_2 slot and USB3_34 connector. The PCIEX16_2 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization. Max x4

Edit: bandwidth will actually be fine for this motherboard

 

There used to be problems using SLI such as micro stuttering, although I have no idea what the state of this is now.

 

If your old card fails, you're back to where you started.

 

Edit: Temperature issues could also occur

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I dont think I have issue with my PSU, I deliberately got a higher grade one because I planned to upgrade it when I built it.

 

I'll have a look and see, I don't think trying to sell my card is actually a viable idea (if you live where I am now, you'd know what I mean), so if I buy a new card, the 570 I have now is going on Backup mode, hence my interest in another 570 and SLI.

tim_chenw2.png
6,924th to 30 hunting, 13,394th to 30 summoning, 52,993rd to 30 Divination

Kiln Record (Post-EoC): W 25 - L 0, 14 Uncut Onyx, 8 Jad hits received (Best record: Two in the same kiln)
Obby set renewed post update #2: 0

QBD drops: 21 crossbow parts, 3 Visages, 1 Kites, 2 Kits

Max Port Score [2205] Achieved: 27th April 2013 (World 2nd)

 

Farmyard Rampage ranking: 12th, 50,000 Kills.

 

Dragon Pickaxe Drops: 1 (Times after I first entered Battlefield: 2h)

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I don't know how he was doing it, but I have a friend that used to have 2 graphics cards and was using one for physx and the other one for the rest of the stuff. I don't know how he was doing it or if it has anything to do with SLI, but I guess someone here could answer that.

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  • 1 month later...

Sorry for resurrecting a dead thread, but i'd like to reuse this one instead of spamming up the forums :P

 

Anyway.

 

Are there any reliable way to find out if my system is CPU limited or GPU limited? I had been adding quite a few graphical mods on Skyrim and TL2 recently and in someplaces they stutter a bit (in case of skyrim, sometimes a lot), but I won't want to burn my wallet for an upgrade that turns out it wasn't the bottleneck.

 

If it helps, I have i7-2600, 8GB RAM (clocked at 1333MHz), and GTX 570.

tim_chenw2.png
6,924th to 30 hunting, 13,394th to 30 summoning, 52,993rd to 30 Divination

Kiln Record (Post-EoC): W 25 - L 0, 14 Uncut Onyx, 8 Jad hits received (Best record: Two in the same kiln)
Obby set renewed post update #2: 0

QBD drops: 21 crossbow parts, 3 Visages, 1 Kites, 2 Kits

Max Port Score [2205] Achieved: 27th April 2013 (World 2nd)

 

Farmyard Rampage ranking: 12th, 50,000 Kills.

 

Dragon Pickaxe Drops: 1 (Times after I first entered Battlefield: 2h)

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