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July 16, 2013 1:53:59 PM

Hello forum, I game on a 1080p display, and I want to max out games at 60 fps. My budget is sub 1000, and I'm wondering which of the 3 cards is the best. A GIGABYTE GTX 780 (the overclocked one), a GTX 690, or a GTX titan superclocked.

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July 16, 2013 2:00:07 PM

for a 1080 display, look no further than a 780, getting a 690 or titan would be a complete waste. and an overclocked 780 will match a stock titan's performance but the 690 is the better of all the cards.
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July 16, 2013 2:00:41 PM

I've heard some pretty bad things about micro stuttering in SLI. I know the 690 is a dual PCB card, but yeah...
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July 16, 2013 2:01:12 PM

Bigmack70 +1
And almost totally immune from micro-stutter at that high end range.
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July 16, 2013 2:01:15 PM

I think those would all be overkill.
Im pretty sure for 1080p you could save and go GTX 770. Which is essentially a GTX 680
Those cards you mentioned are for higher resolutions.
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July 16, 2013 2:03:32 PM

Titan is grossly overpriced. 780 has better overclock headroom and can pretty much match even overclocked Titan when well overclocked. 690 has only 2GB per GPU and is more expensive than 2x 680 so it would make more sence to stick two 680 in sli. I would go with 780.
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July 16, 2013 2:04:03 PM

If I were to plan to run games at say 8x MSAA (not that I would, as i sit rather far away from my screen), would the 2gb on the 770s be a bottleneck? or would the 4gb be better?
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July 16, 2013 2:10:34 PM


stephan6706 said:
If I were to plan to run games at say 8x MSAA (not that I would, as i sit rather far away from my screen), would the 2gb on the 770s be a bottleneck? or would the 4gb be better?


4 Gbs is a complete waste unless you are looking at running multi monitors. the GK104 (the gpu of 770) cannot make use of that much of a buffer on a single monitor with a 256 bit bus. now the 780 (GK110 GPU) makes great use of the 3Gb on a 384 bit bus.

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July 16, 2013 2:10:57 PM

I play modded Skyrim on a single 7870GHz. 2GB VRAM. Still runs at 50+fps. I think my microstutter on Skyrim comes from Skyrim not using multi-cores properly.
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July 16, 2013 2:23:06 PM

I recommend the GTX 780 for that resolution and then SLI that later on if needed and upgrading monitor to higher resolution.
For 1080p no way I would start out with GTX 770 SLI doesn't matter 2GB or 4GB models.
Grab a single GTX 780 then maybe also upgrade surround hardware if needed and then use the rest towards another GTX 780 for SLI later down the line.

My two cents.

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no to the Titan as you do not need 6GB of VRAM and it's price still isn't justified.
the GTX 780 can hit Titans performance with an overclock and is several hundred dollars less.
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July 16, 2013 2:33:03 PM

Why would the 770's have less microstuttering than 680's? The 6XX series is supposed to have some pretty nasty issues, and since they use the same PCB, wouldn't the issues carry over?
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July 16, 2013 2:39:50 PM

I'm with BigMack on this. Going SLI 770's is the best option for near 1k (actually like $150 less) and will perform better than all other options than 780's in SLI. Two nVidia cards are not a problem. The gtx 690 was fine with microstuttering and the 700 series is great as well (its crossfire that has the major issues). If you can only fit one card in your case, just get the gtx 780. If you want the best experience while still spending a bit less than 1k, go with SLI 770's.
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July 16, 2013 2:40:00 PM

BigMack70 said:
kid-mid said:
For 1080p no way I would start out with GTX 770 SLI doesn't matter 2GB or 4GB models.


Interesting... care to explain why? 770 SLI is substantially faster than a 780 for just $150 more and the vram is a non-issue at a low resolution like 1080p.

770 SLI reviews:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_770_sl...
http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=830&pagenumbe...

simple, OP has the funds to get the stronger single card and I always suggest that as to starting out with a single monitor then going SLI.
and you benches mean nothing in relation to what I'm saying, I also have SLI GTX 770's, I know the performance of them first hand. and I run my GTX 780 @ 1080p.

here are my boys:

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July 16, 2013 2:59:04 PM

agree to disagree...

since you do not know what my intentions with my GPU's, I run the GTX 780 @ 1080p
and in my second rig not listed I have the SLI 770's as a replacement from SLi GTX 570's..
so I'm not actually starting out with SLI, I had them and back in the day I started out with a single 570
because that's all I could afford at the time and then worked my way up.

that's my advice here, start with the stronger single GPU and then SLI that one, no to the Titan
and the best deal is for a GTX 780 preferably on sale.
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July 16, 2013 4:08:29 PM

IMHO, there is no need to spend ~$1K just because you have it and it is always better to get the best single card than start off w/SLI; less issues of heat (going blower style or good airflow in the case), power (got a quality 650+ watt PSU?), driver optimizations ( more so for newer games - not talking about stutter - talking about scaling) and upgrading (you'd need to upgrade to another SLI setup or down/side grade). bottom line; a single 780 will handle every game @1080 so there is no need to go further

but i have to admit to being biased towards the 780. thank god nvidia but a wider than 256 bit bus on a card after a year and a half that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. but bank the $350 difference and use that toward another 780 later.
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July 16, 2013 5:54:51 PM

qbsinfo said:
IMHO, there is no need to spend ~$1K just because you have it and it is always better to get the best single card than start off w/SLI; less issues of heat (going blower style or good airflow in the case), power (got a quality 650+ watt PSU?), driver optimizations ( more so for newer games - not talking about stutter - talking about scaling) and upgrading (you'd need to upgrade to another SLI setup or down/side grade). bottom line; a single 780 will handle every game @1080 so there is no need to go further

but i have to admit to being biased towards the 780. thank god nvidia but a wider than 256 bit bus on a card after a year and a half that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. but bank the $350 difference and use that toward another 780 later.

+1000
and a single GTX 780 will do then SLI them later and it's a no brainer.
even a GTX 690 and 7990 have trouble maxing Crysis 3, what's the point there.?
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July 16, 2013 5:55:18 PM

Sorry, I was out cold. I've been busy lately. I was thinking about getting a blower GTX 780 and SLI'ing them down the road. However, for the time being, it seems that a non-reference cooler is much more effective, and would allow me to overclock the card when I use it by itself. It seems like the Gigabyte card would overclock nicely. Are any of you SLI'ing 2 non-reference cards?
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July 16, 2013 6:01:06 PM

What about next gen games like bf4 or mirrors edge 2?
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July 16, 2013 6:27:00 PM

reference coolers are for putting cards under water only in my opinion, some like them because they blow air outside the case but I hate the look of reference if not under water.

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and once the OP upgrades his monitor he will be happy he went with the GTX 780 first and not SLI 770's.
yes SLI 770's are beastly I have a set as I showed earlier.
it's just here, the GTX 780 is the better move.
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July 16, 2013 6:29:33 PM

I just wish that there were non reference coolers that lit up. That glowing NVIDIA logo is beastly.
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July 16, 2013 7:52:25 PM

I can't fathom why people went out and bought a GTX Titan or the fools running out to buy this AMD FX-9 chip for $800 but some people do. and a GTX 780 on sale is far from that bad of an investment, as stated I run one @ 1080p for now and will be upgrading soon.
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July 16, 2013 8:30:44 PM

you'll be OK man I'm sure.. ;) 
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