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will my hardware bottleneck before a gtx titan at 2560x1600

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March 28, 2013 12:58:55 PM

I have an i7 3930k, 16gb ram, ssd, and a dell 30" monitor. I plan on playing bf3 and other such games on ultra settings at 2560x1600 resolution but i wasnt planning on spending 1000$ on this years video card. My current card is a useless gts450. If i get the titan will my hardware bottleneck before the titan does? I was debating getting a 4gb gtx 680 or wait for the baby titan/ gtx 770 to come out hopefully in a month or two.
March 28, 2013 1:14:31 PM

If your planning on spending that much what not just get 2 680's in sli or a single 690? 680's in SLI and the 690 will run better than the titan for around the same price according to Tom's Graphic's charts. There all around the same thing, but its something to think about. The Titan has 6 gigs of Memory, where the 690 has 4, but 2 680's in SLI would technically have a total of 8gigs. The decision is up to you though.

Now as to the answer to your question... Don't think you have to even consider a bottleneck with that system no matter what you decide
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March 28, 2013 1:18:13 PM

SLI cards don't add the VRAM together as far as I know, 2 4GB 680s in SLI would only have access to 4GB VRAM according to my understanding, maybe I am wrong.
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March 28, 2013 1:29:02 PM

no, you are right. only 4GB of vram
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March 28, 2013 1:30:20 PM

It's wouldn't add the VRAM together, correct, but it shares the load between the two, effectively giving access to 8, since both cards share the load of the Task
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March 28, 2013 1:41:41 PM

tator_80 said:
It's wouldn't add the VRAM together, correct, but it shares the load between the two, effectively giving access to 8, since both cards share the load of the Task


No it does not work like that both sets of 4 gigs have the exact same info in them so it does not add up in any way to 8 gigs (Physicly I guess) all info is duplicated works like this for tripple sli quad ect.

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March 28, 2013 1:43:36 PM

Hey man, you are correct about Vram not doubling in SLI configs. I was just in a similar position to you, I've got a 1440p 120hz display and was over due for new graphics cards and wanted to get as close to 120 fps as I could. Even though single card solutions have the benefit of not all the trouble multi card configurations some times cause, you won't get great fps at that resolution with a single gpu / single card.

I ended up going Titan SLI, even though I am not at all a wealthy person, I just happened to get a better then usual tax return and spent it on that. I am thinking Titan performance will continue to get better with future drivers, I would hope, considering it's the first consumer graphics card based off the chip that it uses. Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is Titan cards really run pretty cool and quiet. Overclocking is a bit wierd atm because if you get too aggressive then your card's clocks won't stay high, they will drop down, but OC or not they run quiet. I really don't ever hear them "spin up" under load like all my previous gen cards would, and become really loud. From what I've read Gtx 690 is going to be a lot louder and also a lot larger. The last thing to consider is Gtx Titan really does not have the best performance atm as a single card, seems to really hit it's stride with 2 or 3 cards in sli.

So all that considered you would probably be best server by a pair of 680's or a 690 or waiting a bit for something new to drop like you mentioned. I just don't think you will necessarily be happy with your fps at 1600p and a single Titan, but also high fps at that resolution takes a decent investment in graphics card power, no way around that.
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March 28, 2013 1:54:37 PM

Totalslaughter said:
Hey man, you are correct about Vram not doubling in SLI configs. I was just in a similar position to you, I've got a 1440p 120hz display and was over due for new graphics cards and wanted to get as close to 120 fps as I could. Even though single card solutions have the benefit of not all the trouble multi card configurations some times cause, you won't get great fps at that resolution with a single gpu / single card.

I ended up going Titan SLI, even though I am not at all a wealthy person, I just happened to get a better then usual tax return and spent it on that. I am thinking Titan performance will continue to get better with future drivers, I would hope, considering it's the first consumer graphics card based off the chip that it uses. Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is Titan cards really run pretty cool and quiet. Overclocking is a bit wierd atm because if you get too aggressive then your card's clocks won't stay high, they will drop down, but OC or not they run quiet. I really don't ever hear them "spin up" under load like all my previous gen cards would, and become really loud. From what I've read Gtx 690 is going to be a lot louder and also a lot larger. The last thing to consider is Gtx Titan really does not have the best performance atm as a single card, seems to really hit it's stride with 2 or 3 cards in sli.

So all that considered you would probably be best server by a pair of 680's or a 690 or waiting a bit for something new to drop like you mentioned. I just don't think you will necessarily be happy with your fps at 1600p and a single Titan, but also high fps at that resolution takes a decent investment in graphics card power, no way around that.


I dont exactly need 120 fps. i cant imagine what video card setup i would need to get bf3 at 120 fps with my resolution. i was hoping to spend under 1k which is why i was thinking of waiting for the baby titan. Hopefully it has 4 gb of ram because i dont awnt to go any lower than that with the vram.
So its safe to say my cpu would be able to handle for example 2 or 3 titans in SLI?
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March 28, 2013 2:18:14 PM

I am envious, not only you paying for 2 titans, but for finding them available. lol

Totalslaughter said:
Hey man, you are correct about Vram not doubling in SLI configs. I was just in a similar position to you, I've got a 1440p 120hz display and was over due for new graphics cards and wanted to get as close to 120 fps as I could. Even though single card solutions have the benefit of not all the trouble multi card configurations some times cause, you won't get great fps at that resolution with a single gpu / single card.

I ended up going Titan SLI, even though I am not at all a wealthy person, I just happened to get a better then usual tax return and spent it on that. I am thinking Titan performance will continue to get better with future drivers, I would hope, considering it's the first consumer graphics card based off the chip that it uses. Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is Titan cards really run pretty cool and quiet. Overclocking is a bit wierd atm because if you get too aggressive then your card's clocks won't stay high, they will drop down, but OC or not they run quiet. I really don't ever hear them "spin up" under load like all my previous gen cards would, and become really loud. From what I've read Gtx 690 is going to be a lot louder and also a lot larger. The last thing to consider is Gtx Titan really does not have the best performance atm as a single card, seems to really hit it's stride with 2 or 3 cards in sli.

So all that considered you would probably be best server by a pair of 680's or a 690 or waiting a bit for something new to drop like you mentioned. I just don't think you will necessarily be happy with your fps at 1600p and a single Titan, but also high fps at that resolution takes a decent investment in graphics card power, no way around that.


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March 28, 2013 2:22:46 PM


you shouldn't bottleneck your graphics on that setup. you can pretty much push as far as you an afford graphics wise.
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March 29, 2013 1:26:40 PM

Rostrow,
Yea, I didn't mention I got Evga SC editions. Probably put them under water eventually. I happened to have two different Tigerdirect accounts because I accidently made a new one, forgetting I had one on my other email so it worked out, I just ordered one on each account when they were in stock. Even though they have the one per customer limit and it was the same exact name / shipping / billing info on both accounts they didn't stop the 2nd one from shipping.

As far as the bottleneck goes, you'll be fine with that I7, I currently have a bit of a bottleneck from my cpu, waiting to upgrade till new intel chips drop, currently Amd 1100t X6 at 4.25ghz. That being said you can check out allbenchmark leaderboard for Catzilla (1440p) multi card rigs and you'll see me at number 8, was originally #5 until more people with Titan starting benching on there.

Safe ie: preview tinyurl to leaderboard: http://preview.tinyurl.com/cfv7mxx

Anyways, you'll see mine is the only system in the top 20 with an Amd cpu and the 3930k occupies 4 out of 5 of the top 5 slots, including 1st place with 3x Titan sli and 2nd place 2x Gtx 690 sli. So nothing to worry about with that cpu man.
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March 29, 2013 2:55:29 PM

Totalslaughter said:
Rostrow,
Yea, I didn't mention I got Evga SC editions. Probably put them under water eventually. I happened to have two different Tigerdirect accounts because I accidently made a new one, forgetting I had one on my other email so it worked out, I just ordered one on each account when they were in stock. Even though they have the one per customer limit and it was the same exact name / shipping / billing info on both accounts they didn't stop the 2nd one from shipping.

As far as the bottleneck goes, you'll be fine with that I7, I currently have a bit of a bottleneck from my cpu, waiting to upgrade till new intel chips drop, currently Amd 1100t X6 at 4.25ghz. That being said you can check out allbenchmark leaderboard for Catzilla (1440p) multi card rigs and you'll see me at number 8, was originally #5 until more people with Titan starting benching on there.

Safe ie: preview tinyurl to leaderboard: http://preview.tinyurl.com/cfv7mxx

Anyways, you'll see mine is the only system in the top 20 with an Amd cpu and the 3930k occupies 4 out of 5 of the top 5 slots, including 1st place with 3x Titan sli and 2nd place 2x Gtx 690 sli. So nothing to worry about with that cpu man.


wow 3 titans on that top one. thanks for the info. guess my cpu should be good for a while then
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