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December 10, 2013 5:45:59 AM

Hello forum,

Currently I have 2 EVGA GTX 660 in SLI on my system. But they are not what I expected when people said the performance was like a GTX 770. Now I have the opportunity to sell the two cards and buy a new one(s). What would you recommend me to get?

1. 2 GTX 760
2. 1 GTX 770
3. 1 GTX 780

Now with my budget I could easily get the two 760s however I don't want to have any problems (Micro stuttering and FPS drops). Also I could get the GTX 770 but no SLI. I'm using a LG 3D TV 1080p 120Hz. No multi monitor, no more that 1080 resolution right now. I know 2 GTX 760s in SLI beats even the Titan and GTX 780Ti.

So what is my best bet to have a good video card or cards for at least a year for all next gen games?

Thank you in advance.

Best regards.

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December 10, 2013 6:01:02 AM

2xSLI does not beat a GTX780Ti. It is however nearly identical to an EVGA GTX780 with ACX cooling (967MHz model).

Now consider that two 760's cost about the same as that 780 and that there are SLI issues as you mention and the 780 seems a much better choice.

Here's an example (stock models only; the EVGA 780 is much better): http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_760_sl...

Of course your CPU needs to be adequate as well, so a lightly overclocked i5-2500K or better is ideal to prevent any bottlenecks.

Here's the card I recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For supported games, a 2xGTX660 is comparable to a single GTX770 (slightly better than a GTX680): http://www.behardware.com/articles/876-15/review-nvidia...

Still, that's not bad, and it agrees with what people told you, so I'm not entirely sure what problem you had. NVidia's drivers are pretty good now at minimizing micro-stutter in SLI though I'm no expert on this as I don't have an SLI setup.

If your CPU is the issue then upgrading the graphics card won't matter.
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December 10, 2013 6:33:36 AM

photonboy said:
2xSLI does not beat a GTX780Ti. It is however nearly identical to an EVGA GTX780 with ACX cooling (967MHz model).

Now consider that two 760's cost about the same as that 780 and that there are SLI issues as you mention and the 780 seems a much better choice.

Here's an example (stock models only; the EVGA 780 is much better): http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_760_sl...

Of course your CPU needs to be adequate as well, so a lightly overclocked i5-2500K or better is ideal to prevent any bottlenecks.

Here's the card I recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For supported games, a 2xGTX660 is comparable to a single GTX770 (slightly better than a GTX680): http://www.behardware.com/articles/876-15/review-nvidia...

Still, that's not bad, and it agrees with what people told you, so I'm not entirely sure what problem you had. NVidia's drivers are pretty good now at minimizing micro-stutter in SLI though I'm no expert on this as I don't have an SLI setup.

If your CPU is the issue then upgrading the graphics card won't matter.


Thank you photonboy,

My specs are:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 latest BIOS
Processor: AMD FX 8150 Black Edition 8-core OC @ 4.2 Ghz
Memory: Kingston Hyper-X KHX16009D3B1 8 GB (2x4GB) @1600
Video: X2 EVGA GTX 660 Superclocked 2GB (SLI)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W 80 Plus Bronze
Cooling: Corsair H100i
Case: Cooler Master Haf-X

Drives:
ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD (Boot)
Seagate 1Tb (Storage)
WD Green 1Tb (Storage)
WD Mybook 1Tb (Storage)

What I really want is to be able to play Battlefield 4 at Ultra setting with out issues. When I set Ultra settings I experience a lot of micro-stutter and FPS drops. Most of the times the FPS are 40+ at Ultra but in order to play it flawlessly I need to downward to High settings. I want a card that I can be sure will last a year or so for next gen games (thinking GTA V and Watch Dogs will come out for PC in 2014.

Thanks again.
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December 10, 2013 8:16:25 AM

You guys think my CPU is bottlenecking my system?
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