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3 way SLI

#1EdgeofDarknessPosted 7/31/2013 6:08:28 PM
I've been looking for a new GPU setup and right now it looks like SLI 760s are giving out the best price per performance.

I never hear much talk about 3 or 4 way sli and was wondering if there was any reason to that. I wanted to know if down the road I should expect any problems if I wanted a performance bump and decided to add a third one in there, and yes I already have a 3 way SLi capable mobo and a PSU to handle it.
#2Ep1taph303Posted 7/31/2013 6:13:03 PM
I'm down for 3 way.
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#3GreenMage7Posted 7/31/2013 6:17:24 PM
EdgeofDarkness posted...
I've been looking for a new GPU setup and right now it looks like SLI 760s are giving out the best price per performance.

I never hear much talk about 3 or 4 way sli and was wondering if there was any reason to that. I wanted to know if down the road I should expect any problems if I wanted a performance bump and decided to add a third one in there, and yes I already have a 3 way SLi capable mobo and a PSU to handle it.


The reason you never hear much about 3 or 4 way SLI is because it's not smart. You're adding so much heat and power draw. 2 cards essentially give you double the power, but that is not the case with adding a 3rd and it gets even worse at the 4th one. You're paying monumental amounts of money for tiny increases in performance.
#4Lemur_HPosted 7/31/2013 6:21:15 PM
Don't get multiple weaker cards. Focus on the best single GPU card you can and look at SLI in the future.

And don't bother with 3 or 4 cards. Waste of money.
#5gastamanPosted 7/31/2013 7:01:54 PM(edited)
It's great for benchmarking. For games, the benefits are less evident. Although, some games do see a substantial performance increase from 3-way SLi. Not too sure about 4-way or Quad SLi.

What motherboard and PSU do you have?

Edit: Also, I wouldn't SLi right off the bat unless you've already got top tier cards.
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#6TheOceIotPosted 7/31/2013 6:59:21 PM
Just get a 780.
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#7steveboblarryPosted 7/31/2013 7:08:36 PM
Ep1taph303 posted...
I'm down for 3 way.


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#8lazycomplifePosted 7/31/2013 7:21:18 PM
Lemur_H posted...
Don't get multiple weaker cards. Focus on the best single GPU card you can and look at SLI in the future.

And don't bother with 3 or 4 cards. Waste of money.


But this never actually happens, because people always decide it's better for the money to upgrade their single card rather than SLI.
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#9GreenMage7Posted 7/31/2013 7:23:59 PM
lazycomplife posted...
Lemur_H posted...
Don't get multiple weaker cards. Focus on the best single GPU card you can and look at SLI in the future.

And don't bother with 3 or 4 cards. Waste of money.


But this never actually happens, because people always decide it's better for the money to upgrade their single card rather than SLI.


Exactly. That's why the only time to SLI is right from the get go. By the time you would need to SLI the more expensive card, you are almost always just better off getting a new more expensive card. Putting weaker cards in SLI will actually last longer.

And right now, with the 760 at ~249 and the 780 at ~649, it's also way cheaper.

So if you are doing it right now, I actually think that two 760s might be the way to go if you are looking for top end performance.