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GTX 680 SLI VS Ati r9 290x

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February 3, 2014 11:04:41 AM

Hi there. I-m thinking about getting an upgrade for my graphics and so far I´´m between getting another 680 for an SLI, getting a r9 290x or a single GTX 780 (not the TI one) for a future SLI. I've seen benchmarks about the r9 but what I really dislike from it is the heat, (like most ATI cards), anyway I'm just wondering how good is a 680 SLI these days. Thanks

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February 3, 2014 11:09:26 AM

680 sli is pretty good these days. My personal recommendation would be to sell your 680 for roughly $300, and buy a 780.

The 680's in sli are blazing fast, but sli does not work perfectly in all games, and is quite power inefficient

if you overclock a good 780, you can pretty much get it to near the performance level of a 290x at 1080p resolutions in most games.

personal recommendation for a good 780 is the asus direct cu ii. Mine overclocks to 1324mhz on the core (mine is a highly lucky overclocker mind you) and scores as high as the 290x in many games (synthetic benchmarks it's still a bit lower though)
February 3, 2014 11:17:50 AM

Haven't really had any problems with SLI, on newer games. I run two 660's and I get about 80fps on maxed settings for new AAA games. From what I have seen two 660 is somewhere between a 760 and 770

Your situation is a little more tricky because a 680 is about only $50-75 cheaper than a 780 but two 680s will definitely beat out a single 780. If iyour thinking short I go for the second 680, I think it has the best price-to-performance ratio of anything you mentioned.

However, if you considering doing SLI in the future like you said grab a 780 now, you'll get a significant performance boost, and then another down-road for SLI.

I think the 290X is really overpriced for what you get but that is just mee
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February 3, 2014 11:40:03 AM

Thanks a lot guys, I think I-ll be getting that 680 then >P
February 3, 2014 11:51:34 AM

I had 680 sli for over ayear and I was very impressed with it. The only reason going to the 780 would be a better bet is the extra gig of video ram. If I were you I would get a second 680 sli it for a year or 2 then upgrade with the 880 or 980 gtx cards