SLI with 2 different brands

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2011/02/01 22:08:57 (permalink)
Hey everyone, like I said in a previous thread, I am going to SLI two GTX 570's in my new system here soon.  I have read everywhere that 2 different brands of the same card can be SLI'ed(spell?) no problem.  I just want hear some peoples opinions about what I'm thinking
 
I currently have an EVGA GTX 570 SC OCed at 850/1700/2000 at 1063mV.
I was thinking about getting this ---> http://www.newegg.com/Pro...x?Item=N82E16814127564 to SLI with it.
 
I just want to verify that I wont see any performance decrease or anything from using 2 different manufactures.
 
Also, what do you think of the Twin Frozr series?  I have heard they are great, but I'm still not too sure if I want to get the MSI or another EVGA.
 
If I was to get the MSI, should it go on the top or bottom?
 
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 22:18:10 (permalink)
    The brands don't matter as long as the card is the same model, it can even have aftermarket parts on it, as long as the models of the cards are the same, don't know much about msi so I can't really tell you if they are good or bad, but since the MSI has an aftermarket cooler already installed I suggest the top since the top card runs hotter, also I would recommend another EVGA since the warranty and customer service is just to great

     
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 22:34:25 (permalink)
    Why the MSI?, the clocks are  750 / 1500  vs the EVGAs 850 / 1700.
     
    You can SLI the two together, but why not just get another EVGA of the same model.
     
    SLI'ing these two cards will bring down the EVGA clocks to the MSI's speeds....

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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 22:42:02 (permalink)
    wdflyer

    Why the MSI?, the clocks are  750 / 1500  vs the EVGAs 850 / 1700.

    You can SLI the two together, but why not just get another EVGA of the same model.

    SLI'ing these two cards will bring down the EVGA clocks to the MSI's speeds....

    From what I can remember Nvidia solved that downclocking problem with the 400 series(Er sorry with the newer drivers that came out with the 400 series), so you can have two flavor's of cards and not have to worry about the good flavor going sour.
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 22:53:20 (permalink)
    DeRico

    wdflyer

    Why the MSI?, the clocks are  750 / 1500  vs the EVGAs 850 / 1700.

    You can SLI the two together, but why not just get another EVGA of the same model.

    SLI'ing these two cards will bring down the EVGA clocks to the MSI's speeds....

    From what I can remember Nvidia solved that downclocking problem with the 400 series, so you can have two flavor's of cards and not have to worry about the good flavor going sour.


    Huh?  

    It will work, but it will be limited to the speed of the slowest of the two cards (the MSI in this case),  i don't get the flavor reference....
     
    You may be able to overclock the entire setup back to the EVGA cards speeds, but IIRC, that is the way it works, the slower clock will limit the SLI setup, if there is info out there that shows otherwise, someone please link to it...

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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 22:58:13 (permalink)
    I meant you can have a 570 SC paired with a regular clocked 570 and the SC will not downclock.


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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/01 23:03:05 (permalink)
    DeRico

    I meant you can have a 570 SC paired with a regular clocked 570 and the SC will not downclock.


    So they are supposed to work in conjunction with each other while operating at different speeds / clocks?
     
    If so, that is indeed new, but I haven't seen that in the latest driver update notes....not saying it isn't accurate, just different...if you find it, would you please link to it?, this is the first I heard of it, a reference would be cool..

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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 00:02:06 (permalink)
    Umm, I don't see why any of that would even matter.  A GTX 570 is the same exact card as a GTX 570 SC, just a factory OC and a different box, lol.  I can easily OC the Twin Frozr to the the same specs as my current GTX 570 SC, I would actually imagine higher because the temps would be a lot lower.
     
    I am considering getting the MSI TF because of the cool aftermarket cooler.  Especially considering I could put it in my first PCI-E slot and lower the temps quite a bit.  The EVGA GTX 570 SC I have now isn't that great.  I don't mean there is anything wrong with it, I'm just saying I had to push to get to 850/1700/2000.  It will barely run 3DMark 11 at those settings on 1063mV.  I have seem some people get their vanilla EVGA GTX 570's to 900 core before hitting 1000mV.  So actually my card is probably about average if not a little below average.
     
     
    EDIT: Just to clarify, the EVGA GTX 570 SC isn't stock at 850/1700/2000, I OCed.  It comes set at 797/1594/1950.  I would probably reset the EVGA to default and just OC my Twin Frozr to 797/1594/1950 so they were the same.
    post edited by Herdo - 2011/02/02 00:06:45
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 00:12:30 (permalink)
    i have both a sc and a vanilla (they were gifts so can't be picky) running at two different speed and they work fine
     
    http://forums.evga.com/tm.aspx?m=757198&high=two+different+570

       
     
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 00:16:36 (permalink)
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    i have both a sc and a vanilla (they were gifts so can't be picky) running at two different speed and they work fine

    http://forums.evga.com/tm.aspx?m=757198&high=two+different+570

     
    Yea I'm sure it works fine.  Didn't you just OC the vanilla to the SC card?  If not can I ask why?  They really are identical cards, one just costs $30 more, lol.
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 00:47:09 (permalink)
    yea, I have them both at just 800.. but for the op sake they will do fine at stock speeds. in case the msi doesn't clock well.

       
     
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 02:08:42 (permalink)
    Sounds good.  I really do love EVGA, but I am just wondering which one do you think is better for SLI.  I know two different brands will really make no difference.  I was thinking that maybe the two EVGA 570's might be kinda tight on my board with little room to breathe.  While the open air design and dual fans on the MSI TF might give the top card better air flow.
     
    Thanks guys
     
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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 07:30:40 (permalink)
    IMO That Twin Frozr is one nasty 570. I love the way they look and I've hears good things about all the twins.

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    Re:SLI with 2 different brands 2011/02/02 08:11:27 (permalink)
    I think the MSI looks kind of "cheap" I much prefer the EVGA cooler.  That, and the MSI logo on the flow bracket is extremely restrictive with so much metal there.

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