Is SLI worth it?
I'm about to buy a new computer, and am looking at graphics cards
the two I am looking at are both XFX cards with dual DVI output and PCI Express 16x interface
one is a GeForce 6600 w/ 256mb RAM for $123
and the other is a 6600GT w/ 128mb RAM, but supports SLI for $169
I'm only buying one card for now, but I was thinking about adding a second card later if I go for the SLI card, but I'm trying to decide if it would be worth the money.
Really, what I want to know is: With just one card, which of the above cards would perform better?
Obviously the sli card supports one thing the other doesn't SLI
question you have to ask yourself is, do you need a powerfull graphics card
Normally this means will you be doing any of the following:
- Playing the latest graphically intense game of 2010
- Serious 3D Modelling/Rendering/Animation
- Movie related stuff such as editing etc.
if the answer is yes then you should upgrade your graphics card, I personally am going to get an SLI card, I have asked the same question you have at my local hardware shop (not pc, but a team of REAL experts).
they've run benchmarks of the latest top spec cards, and receive a 20% increase using SLI. at the minute i'd say just get whichever is cheaper as these cards are still a little expensive, and the 7 series nvidia cards are out now meaning 6 series cards will come down in price a hell of alot :)