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Old 01-14-09, 10:31 AM   #10
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Default Re: Worth it to go Tri-Sli?

Unfortunately, I don't own those games. Firingsquad does have Fallout 3 numbers-

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...ance/page4.asp

Doesn't seem to be a very demanding title overall as a single GXT 280 will push it well up to 2560x with 8xAA.

I remember the days when it cost 500-600usd a video card to do Tri-SLi, aka up to 1800usd for cards alone. No, I didn't bother with it then.

I already had a GTX 260 192SP since their release, and ordering two Evga GTX 260s off of Newegg to go Tri cost me 440usd total. I planned on going X58 and I7 920 regardless. It just so happened I really liked the Evga X58 mobo so I went with it and eventually Tri-SLi.

Another thing that pushed me that way was when I ordered my first vanilla Evga GTX 260 I received one with a core 216 GPU. I promptly ordered another for Tri-SLi @ 220usd when I noticed this.

If you play 1920x and like to run the highest level of AA and detail possible Tri-SLi is solid. It also does very well on the X58 platform due to its insane bandwidth. It's also good for people sensitive to FPS dips below 30.

I play a lot of AoC @ 1920x with SM3, bloom, full shadows, 16x CSAA|16xAF, full quality ground radius, and the rest set to high. I hit 46FPS worst case scenario.

As far as PSUs go if you have limited space in your case and want a solid PSU try the below one-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256043

If space isn't a concern-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139007

Those should last you a while.

BTW I haven't felt or seen what some call microstutter with GTX 260 Tri-SLi and an overclocked I7 920 on the X58 platform using triple channel DDR3.

If a person plays below 1920x, doesn't use 4xAA or better, and mostly plays titles where SLi doesn't work or scale well, they should probably skip both SLi and Tri-SLi. Also if mins below 30 don't bother you should probably just go SLi instead.
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