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Would a 4670k bottleneck 2 GTX 690s in SLI?

Trying to plan for my future setup.
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  1. No offense but if you can afford 2000$+ of GPU why not get a 4930X or 4960X? Or even a 4770K?

    Not trying to be a jerk, I'm just curious
  2. Buying two 690's is not a good idea, get a 780ti, then add another one if you still feel the need too.
  3. Dom_79 said:
    No offense but if you can afford 2000$+ of GPU why not get a 4930X or 4960X? Or even a 4770K?

    Not trying to be a jerk, I'm just curious


    I plan to get them on eBay, where I've seen them go for around $600.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/281270788241?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    Or at least get one and then wait awhile before SLI-ing. Hopefully then I can get the second one for even cheaper. I want to run 5670x1080 @ over 60fps. I believe this is the best bang for my buck I can get for the setup I want.

    Also, Tom's said that after the 4670k, you start seeing diminishing returns in terms of money to performance. I'm trying to run the setup explained above as cheaply as possible, so yeah.
  4. I'll answer your question. No it won't bottleneck the cards... "bottlenecking" is over-rated. Most people are bottlenecked by hard drives, display connectors, etc... rarely by modern CPU's, RAM, Boards, GPU's, etc...

    Buy what you want, not what someone else tells you what you should get.
  5. mace200200 said:
    Buying two 690's is not a good idea, get a 780ti, then add another one if you still feel the need too.


    Why is it not a good idea? Benchmarks show that they are "ridiculously powerful" which I'd agree with.

    http://us.hardware.info/reviews/2975/13/nvidia-geforce-gtx-690-sli-review-ridiculously-powerful-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim

    2 780tis in SLI are not as powerful as 2 690s,

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gtx_780_ti_sli_geforce_review,13.html

    and not to mention they are brand new so I'd be paying full, or close to full price for them. I'd rather get more bang for my buck by buying the 690s used over 780tis as explained in my previous comment.
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    Oh. That makes sense. Well as long as you get a good chip, and OC to around 4.4 - 4.6 you won't see any bottlenecking. Even at the "turbo" 3.9 you should be fine until more CPU heavy games come out. If your intention is for graphic editing and rendering, then you would do much better with a 4770K due to hyper-threading (8 cores vs. 4).

    Just make sure you don't cheap out on the RAM (1600-1800 and Latency as low as possible 8-9) and a good SSD (I've found this to be vital to my systems performance)
  7. What monitor are you using? Pumping out 120+ FPS is useless if your monitor runs at 60hz. Also keep in mind, that each gpu on a single 690 has 2 gigs it can use. It says 4 gigs, but that is split between each ship on the card. If you are gaming at 1080 then that will not likely be a problem. If you are running 690s in SLI, and running games at 1080 then you are using way more power than what is necessary. If you are going above 1080 (dual monitor as an ex) then you are likely to be better off with more memory.
  8. realibrad said:
    What monitor are you using? Pumping out 120+ FPS is useless if your monitor runs at 60hz. Also keep in mind, that each gpu on a single 690 has 2 gigs it can use. It says 4 gigs, but that is split between each ship on the card. If you are gaming at 1080 then that will not likely be a problem. If you are running 690s in SLI, and running games at 1080 then you are using way more power than what is necessary. If you are going above 1080 (dual monitor as an ex) then you are likely to be better off with more memory.


    You didn't read the above posts did you?
  9. realibrad said:
    What monitor are you using? Pumping out 120+ FPS is useless if your monitor runs at 60hz. Also keep in mind, that each gpu on a single 690 has 2 gigs it can use. It says 4 gigs, but that is split between each ship on the card. If you are gaming at 1080 then that will not likely be a problem. If you are running 690s in SLI, and running games at 1080 then you are using way more power than what is necessary. If you are going above 1080 (dual monitor as an ex) then you are likely to be better off with more memory.


    I will be running 5670x1080. So you're telling me that a GTX 690 really only has 2 GB of VRAM? I definitely want at lease 4GB of VRAM, I'll be running 3 monitors at ultra, and modding some games as well.
  10. Yes the 690 really does have an effective 2Gb VRAM.
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