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GTX 560 ti (3 way SLI) vs a single GTX 680 4GB FTW+

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April 4, 2013 9:32:25 AM

I've got down off the high horse and looked at value rathe than pure preformance.
i was going to get the GTX 690, but the dual GPU config creates artifacts and what not.. to expensive anyway.
the gtx TITAN caught my eye's! as im sure it did all of you, but i thought id settle for a GTX 680!
but the 2GB of memory was not going to do it for me, so i went for the 4GB Version, and decided to spend te little extra on FTW edition!
sounds great right!
right, but i mean... im about to but this GTX 680 FTW edition and i think what about 3 GTX 560 ti's in SLI?

''now for the people, i am talking about the 448 CUDA CORE edition of the 560ti''

it would give me around 1500 cuda cores! about the same as a GTX 680, and 2GB on each card would be more than enough i think.
and i can get 3 of these cards for the price o one GTX 680 FTW 4GB Edition.

CAN I GET SOME HELP HERE?

i do have a AX1200i watt power supply... i mean why not put it to some use.
April 4, 2013 9:41:39 AM

2GB on each card does not make for 6GB available in SLI - it makes for 2GB available...

Personally I'd go for the 680 :) 
April 4, 2013 9:45:44 AM

kyzarvs said:
2GB on each card does not make for 6GB available in SLI - it makes for 2GB available...

Personally I'd go for the 680 :) 


yea the 680 surely seems like the right choice, just looking at my options i guess.
April 4, 2013 10:15:42 AM

BigMack70 said:
If you've not already made your purchase, just get the 2GB 680. 4GB is a waste of money on the card; there has been no performance advantage demonstrated for it over the 2GB card.

Wouldn't bother with the 560ti SLI option. IMO if a single card can do what you want, stick to single card.


what about skyrim using 3.8GB of that memory to run incredibal mods?
how am i supposed to play that with out 4GBs?
4GBs is not enough for the enthusuist as far as im concerned, if games and mods can do that then why not buy the extra 4Gigs
April 4, 2013 10:16:26 AM

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but the dual GPU config creates artifacts...and i think what about 3 GTX 560 ti's in SLI?


So two GPUs somehow create artifacts (???) but three won't? I don't understand why you think one setup is bad while the other is better. I wouldn't bother with the older cards, just get the GTX670/680. Or the AMD counterparts.
April 4, 2013 10:19:11 AM

4745454b said:
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but the dual GPU config creates artifacts...and i think what about 3 GTX 560 ti's in SLI?


So two GPUs somehow create artifacts (???) but three won't? I don't understand why you think one setup is bad while the other is better. I wouldn't bother with the older cards, just get the GTX670/680. Or the AMD counterparts.


yes i realized that after i typed it, the three way SLI would create artifacts BUT im comparing to the gtx 680 not 690.. and the 690 is way over my price tag, and the titan is way OVER PRICE>

April 4, 2013 10:27:47 AM

Sleepyhead Media said:
4745454b said:
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but the dual GPU config creates artifacts...and i think what about 3 GTX 560 ti's in SLI?


So two GPUs somehow create artifacts (???) but three won't? I don't understand why you think one setup is bad while the other is better. I wouldn't bother with the older cards, just get the GTX670/680. Or the AMD counterparts.


yes i realized that after i typed it, the three way SLI would create artifacts BUT im comparing to the gtx 680 not 690.. and the 690 is way over my price tag, and the titan is way OVER PRICE>


As far as I'm aware, there are no artifacting issues on properly running cards. If you try to OC them beyond what they can handle, then you get artifacts, but not when they are properly functioning.
April 4, 2013 10:30:48 AM

I agree bystander. I get the feeling he means something else when he says artifacts. If the 690 made them like he is saying no one would buy it.
April 4, 2013 11:00:25 AM

I am running two 560's in SLI right now. When I bought them, 2GB was a waste of money so I just got 1GB units and they worked very well....until Crysis 3 came out.

Now I wish I had 2GB versions.

The next GPU(s) I get is going to have more VRAM than I need. The price difference is minimal and the extra RAM may just get me through an extra "wave" of new titles down the road.

Right now 2G of VRAM is enough sure, but I'm not going to make the "good enough now" mistake next time.

April 4, 2013 12:40:43 PM

Z1NONLY said:
I am running two 560's in SLI right now. When I bought them, 2GB was a waste of money so I just got 1GB units and they worked very well....until Crysis 3 came out.

Now I wish I had 2GB versions.

The next GPU(s) I get is going to have more VRAM than I need. The price difference is minimal and the extra RAM may just get me through an extra "wave" of new titles down the road.

Right now 2G of VRAM is enough sure, but I'm not going to make the "good enough now" mistake next time.



Until Crysis 3 came out? There are plenty of other games out there that are vram intensive. Hitman Absolution requires well over 1GB on casual resolution (1920x1080). Ifyyou're playing on low resolutions though, why even bother spending a lot of money on cards? Just play without antialiasing and a 2gb card should be fine. One 680 cannot fully utilize 4gb.
April 5, 2013 8:15:39 AM

gridironcj said:
One 680 cannot fully utilize 4gb.


When the 670 or 680 starts to struggle with new titles, I want the option to add a second card. I'm getting 3 or 4 GB of vram when I upgrade.

If I never use it, I'm out, what, $20-$30 bucks? I'll take my chances.


April 6, 2013 5:31:39 AM

well il be playing on full 2540x1440 or even x1600 so the extra VRAM makes sence now and for the future right?
April 6, 2013 5:38:07 AM

i agree with sticking to a single card now, but getting only 2GBs
when my GTX 280 had 1GB of VRAM
an i could play games WELL! and that was what YEARS AGO? when it first came out.
i had enough VRAM to play all the games i liked up untill 2008-2009 .
so idk, i feel like the developers will make more use of more VRAM and my 4GBs will be worth it.
like image yo having a 4GB GTX 680. and the GTX 780 has come out with 4GB of VRAM on stock?
and i mean the TITAN already has 6GB? like overkill...
but is it really overkill? or is it a prep for future games better utilizing VRAM and even CUDA CORES.. ext..

April 6, 2013 2:08:08 PM

BigMack70 said:
The only things to know about the 4GB cards:
-A single card is not powerful enough to ever make use of the 4GB vram. If SLI is out of the question, you're probably best off with a 2GB card.
-No one has been able to demonstrate a performance benefit even at 2560x1440 or even triple monitor resolutions to the 4GB card compared to the 2GB one.
-All that said, the only downside to getting the 4GB card is that you're out a few extra bucks for something that may or may not ever be useful.

If it were me and we lived in an alternate universe where I thought the 680 was a better option than the 7970, I would get 4GB 680s if I were going to go SLI but I'd stick to a 2GB 680 if I didn't think I'd ever go SLI.


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