Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Problems? We'll give um a shot
User avatar
Wishy
Senior Icelandic Field Sausage Engineer
Posts: 4288
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2002 2:17 pm
Location: Woking
Contact:

Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Wishy » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:31 pm

Hi All,

I'll shortly be upgrading my desktop. I'm pondering the graphics (Radeon 6850) - they're ok at the moment, but it's a 3 year old mid range card and its not super in a couple of games.

I'm pondering if a second card in SLI is a viable upgrade, or at this end of the market I'd be better replacing the graphics card. Any thoughts / experience would be appreciated
Wishy - Westlan Web type person.

User avatar
Freelance
1337 Krew
Posts: 1609
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:35 pm
Origin ID: scratched_uk
Battle.net: scratched#2526
steamid: scratched

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Freelance » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:44 pm

I know it's the "there's always something over the horizon" scenario, but how soon do you want more performance? Nvidia apparently have new cards coming out next month, then they often don't release all of the range at once so you might be waiting until they get the model you want, and then you might want to see how they prove themselves.

SLI/crossfire might be a decent stop-gap if the prices work out.
I adblock smilies.

User avatar
Wishy
Senior Icelandic Field Sausage Engineer
Posts: 4288
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2002 2:17 pm
Location: Woking
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Wishy » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:20 pm

The main reason I want to think about it now is the potential replacement of my PSU. I have a 450w that's about 6 years old. It's actually a very good psu, and it will genuinely push 450w - but that's quite tight for an X99 setup. If I SLI in the future I'll definitely be over and should replace.
Wishy - Westlan Web type person.

User avatar
Merson
Ban Hammer Admin
Posts: 1893
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:26 pm
Origin ID: Merson
Battle.net: Merson#2706
steamid: Merson
Location: Galway, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Merson » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:37 pm

If you're not wanting to game on the bleeding edge then you would ideally wait for the new ones to come out. That way, the current gens on both sides should go down in price.

A GTX 760/R9 280 will be faster than a 6850 in crossfire. You also get three years worth of newer tech.

User avatar
Wishy
Senior Icelandic Field Sausage Engineer
Posts: 4288
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2002 2:17 pm
Location: Woking
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Wishy » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:06 pm

Merson wrote:If you're not wanting to game on the bleeding edge then you would ideally wait for the new ones to come out. That way, the current gens on both sides should go down in price.

A GTX 760/R9 280 will be faster than a 6850 in crossfire. You also get three years worth of newer tech.


Depends how much faster though. Those graphics cards are £150-180, cost to add a second 6850 is £40-50
Wishy - Westlan Web type person.

User avatar
Merson
Ban Hammer Admin
Posts: 1893
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:26 pm
Origin ID: Merson
Battle.net: Merson#2706
steamid: Merson
Location: Galway, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Merson » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:10 pm

Image

You won't get double the FPS with a crossfire setup.

User avatar
Freelance
1337 Krew
Posts: 1609
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:35 pm
Origin ID: scratched_uk
Battle.net: scratched#2526
steamid: scratched

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Freelance » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:02 pm

There's this thread over on reddit, saying that 18th Sept is the date nvidia properly announce their Maxwell GPUs, but also one of the top posts mentions EVGA's step-up program where you can buy a card now, and then pay the difference to upgrade within 90 days, subject to a load of conditions.

If you're really in "I'VE GOTTA HAVE IT NOW" mode and want the shiny new thing when it releases, I guess other options might be to fudge the returns procedure of wherever store you use.
I adblock smilies.

User avatar
iMess
Your base looks nice, can i have it ?
Posts: 4640
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2003 7:36 pm
Origin ID: imesx
Battle.net: wewlad
steamid: imess
Location: Taunton

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby iMess » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:34 pm

http://www.hwcompare.com/15903/radeon-h ... on-r9-280x

http://www.hwcompare.com/14856/geforce- ... n-hd-6850/

GTX760 would be the better choice for you Steve if you are worried about power consumption. The single card would also be better than Crossfire 6850 as power consumption is lower than 2x6850.
If online bullying has taught us anything. It's that people would sooner hang themselves than lose a bit of weight.

User avatar
Merson
Ban Hammer Admin
Posts: 1893
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:26 pm
Origin ID: Merson
Battle.net: Merson#2706
steamid: Merson
Location: Galway, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Merson » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:30 pm

Or put the money saved from buying an R9 280 into a new PSU.

User avatar
Merson
Ban Hammer Admin
Posts: 1893
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:26 pm
Origin ID: Merson
Battle.net: Merson#2706
steamid: Merson
Location: Galway, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Graphics Card - SLI or Replace

Postby Merson » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:58 pm

Price reductions on 7 series cards with the 9 series release.

770 from £179, 760 from £145.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showth ... t=18625446


Return to “Tech Advice”