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Sell my GTX 690 for SLI 770 4GB

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August 13, 2013 8:21:26 AM

I love my 690 it runs pretty much everything I throw at it and pairs great with my 2560x1440 display. When I spent 1k on the card I thought I was pretty future proof going forward. But then I hit VRAM issues when playing Bioshock Infinite. It was the first game that I started seeing VRAM effect my performance even though the game wasn’t super graphic intensive.

Now most games don’t see utilizing 2GB of VRAM, and because of my display I usually can turn down AA which usually helps a lot with VRAM usage. But with new consoles coming out with decent amount of VRAM on them I feel that PC games are going to start quickly adding more VRAM usage. The card itself still blows new consoles away but is going to lack in VRAM exp at my resolution.

Now either way if I am to buy a new card I will have to go SLI or I will lose performance unless I wait like 3 generations of cards. I can probably sell my 690 for around $800 which means If I bought two 770s 4GB for $900 I’d probably lose out around $100 for a slightly better upgrade in performance and better VRAM for the future.
I could also wait until the 800 series comes out but at that time my 690 will probably be worth even less and harder to sell.

Thoughts on what I should do?
August 13, 2013 8:27:41 AM

Hmm well I would say 770 SLI should outperform the single 690 plus the VRAM would be up there. The only real concern is if you PSU will handle that kind of power cunsumtion and if you have good cooling to keep things cool in there really.
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August 13, 2013 8:30:54 AM

dont get 4gb version just stick with 2
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August 13, 2013 8:37:58 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
dont get 4gb version just stick with 2


The only reason I want to sell my 690 is because of the extra VRAM the 4GB cards would give me.

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August 13, 2013 8:43:26 AM

The Kasafist said:
Hmm well I would say 770 SLI should outperform the single 690 plus the VRAM would be up there. The only real concern is if you PSU will handle that kind of power cunsumtion and if you have good cooling to keep things cool in there really.


I have a Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 cooling is fantastic in this case.

Everything ive read says 750w is more then enough for two 770's

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August 13, 2013 8:57:48 AM

djnardu said:
The Kasafist said:
Hmm well I would say 770 SLI should outperform the single 690 plus the VRAM would be up there. The only real concern is if you PSU will handle that kind of power cunsumtion and if you have good cooling to keep things cool in there really.


I have a Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 cooling is fantastic in this case.

Everything ive read says 750w is more then enough for two 770's



Then why not LOL!
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August 13, 2013 9:04:26 AM

djnardu said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
dont get 4gb version just stick with 2


The only reason I want to sell my 690 is because of the extra VRAM the 4GB cards would give me.


the 770 cant handle using 4gb VRAM so there is no point in buying it
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August 13, 2013 9:33:48 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
djnardu said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
dont get 4gb version just stick with 2


The only reason I want to sell my 690 is because of the extra VRAM the 4GB cards would give me.


the 770 cant handle using 4gb VRAM so there is no point in buying it


Do you have any hard evidence that proves this? I would gladly stand by that statement if there is real proof.
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