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What is the best version of these two cards to SLI/Crossfire:

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2 years ago#1
GTX 780

and

280X.

To be clear, I'm considering building a new rig soon and am choosing between these two cards to SLI/Crossfire. Which would be the best buy for both cards in your opinion and why? Thx in advance for advice.... (I was considering 290X but it runs too hot, so it is out of the running...)
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2 years ago#2
Ones with blower coolers on them, since they vent the heat out of your case and cut down on the issue of not having enough cool air to cool your 2nd card.

Or just buy reference ones and water coolers for them.
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2 years ago#3
^isn't the upkeep of water cooling difficult though
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2 years ago#4
Not particularly. It's a pump, a reservoir, and two water blocks bolted to the cards. You just have to keep the reservoir at adequate levels.

Putting it together is harder than maintaining it, if you've never done it. Might end up with a leak.
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2 years ago#5
YoungAdultLink posted...
Not particularly. It's a pump, a reservoir, and two water blocks bolted to the cards. You just have to keep the reservoir at adequate levels.

Putting it together is harder than maintaining it, if you've never done it. Might end up with a leak.


Hmm yea I have never done it , I was just wondering about SLI in general though. I want to SLI somewhere down the line maybe with two 780's or 880's
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2 years ago#6
Custom water loops are by far the best way to do SLI/Crossfire.

The cards don't block airflow for each other, with the coolers removed they're a hell of a lot less bulky, and most importantly they're FAR, FAR quieter.

Don't include the CPU in the loop with the cards though.

And don't have more than two cards in one loop.

As for the best to get, look at MSI, EVGA, and Gigabyte for Nvidia cards, I don't use AMD but I heard Sapphire makes the best ones.
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