Thinking about getting 2nd 1080 Ti for SLI, question on specific card pairings
I'm currently mulling over the notion of adding another 1080 Ti to my already existing MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X (on a Asus Maximus Hero VIII board and Corsair C70 case), and debating what would be the best card to add to this setup.
Of course, I could keep things simple with another of the exact same card, but 2 reasons have me considering otherwise: size and $$$. Every other SLI setup I've ran in the past have been with cards from different manufacturers, so I'm not new to the fact that I'm not necessarily required to get the same card.
So like I said, first thing is that my current card is a beast in terms of size (I think it qualifies as a 2.5 height card, maybe), and although I could probably cram another one in there, it would definitely be making things tight and probably start getting hot in there. Also like I said, 2nd factor being cost, where I've checked my preferred local supplier and there are 2 other cards which have caught my interest because they are currently on sale, and both of which will save me about $100 vs getting another of the same card.
First of which is the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Edition 11GB. This one looks to be almost the exact equivalent of my current card but from Zotac's offerings, as it has the same boost clock speed, which may lend itself to better compatibility, but it also has the same type of dual fan cooler which has me wondering whether it would alleviate my first concern.
The 2nd card I'm looking at, and what I think would be the better option (but again would like some more informed opinions on) is the ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB, which offers a blower style cooler and more compact form factor. I figure worst case scenario this can go in the top slot and there would definitely be no problems with space clearance, but if I'm not mistaken, if I did go this route, and space permitting, it would be better to put this card on the bottom since the dual fans on the MSI will pull air up, so if it were on the bottom that would then be going into the ASUS's intake, and if I go vice versa with the ASUS on the bottom then because it's a blower it will blow it's exhaust out and the MSI will be pulling relatively fresh air up, which will then just get pulled out by my case exhaust fans. Is that all correct (and, thus, a major plus towards going with a blower style cooler)?
Any other thoughts or suggestions on this would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Edited by DJRK - Today at 1:07 pm '); }