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May 22, 2014 1:46:58 PM

Hi everyone,
Let's say that I own 2 GTX 690 graphics cards and Silent Pro Gold 1200w, dust
cleaned every month or less and use it for gaming most of the time
over 6 hours a day, and more for non-gaming things.

What I have now is corsair 650w and one GTX 690 thats working
very well, got it about 1 month ago, so how long do u think my PC
will last with the components above (the let's say things), note that
I'll never (almost 90%) temper with anything (the card or process or etc...)

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May 22, 2014 1:58:44 PM

Well, that's a harder question than it seems like at first, because a GTX 690 is really 2 GTX 680s on top of each other in custom SLI. And of course, SLI can cause stability issues in some games.

Assuming you're running games with good SLI support, it should put games on ultra settings for at least 3-4 more years.
However, many games do not have good SLI support, and in those you'll likely be dropping below ultra within the next couple years.
These are just my guesses based on the specs of a 680 and how well SLI normally scales; I could be wrong.

Video cards rarely break, so the chance of that happening again is very low.
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May 22, 2014 1:59:44 PM

Just another person said:
Hi everyone,
Let's say that I own 2 GTX 690 graphics cards and Silent Pro Gold 1200w, dust
cleaned every month or less and use it for gaming most of the time
over 6 hours a day, and more for non-gaming things.

What I have now is corsair 650w and one GTX 690 thats working
very well, got it about 1 month ago, so how long do u think my PC
will last with the components above (the let's say things), note that
I'll never (almost 90%) temper with anything (the card or process or etc...)


On the issue of breaking, I have some 7800 GTs hanging around that still work fine today.
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May 22, 2014 2:14:15 PM

Just another person said:
Hi everyone,
Let's say that I own 2 GTX 690 graphics cards and Silent Pro Gold 1200w, dust
cleaned every month or less and use it for gaming most of the time
over 6 hours a day, and more for non-gaming things.

What I have now is corsair 650w and one GTX 690 thats working
very well, got it about 1 month ago, so how long do u think my PC
will last with the components above (the let's say things), note that
I'll never (almost 90%) temper with anything (the card or process or etc...)


no need to add another 690. adding another 690 might only add more trouble than it's worth. so how long will it last? it depends on how you want to play your games. performance wise 690 still considered as very good. as long as you don't go crazy with settings that use a lot of VRAM most likely you will be fine. what is your gaming resolution?
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May 22, 2014 2:19:11 PM

I went out and said two GTX 690's cause after reading MANY articles I found out
that the 690 beat the titan in everything but the ram, since i play BF4 all ultra and 125% res +60 FPS
I said why not 2 so the problem of the 2Gb of ram is fixed, since as everyone knows, future games
will require more ram, still same thought?? :\

edit: my res is 1440x900, getting a bigger screen soon, so soon
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May 22, 2014 3:11:36 PM

Just another person said:
I went out and said two GTX 690's cause after reading MANY articles I found out
that the 690 beat the titan in everything but the ram, since i play BF4 all ultra and 125% res +60 FPS
I said why not 2 so the problem of the 2Gb of ram is fixed, since as everyone knows, future games
will require more ram, still same thought?? :\

edit: my res is 1440x900, getting a bigger screen soon, so soon


Sure add another one, or sell you're current one for $750 on EBAY, then go buy a Titan or 780TI, although the 690 as a card has higher performance than the 780TI.
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May 23, 2014 1:15:33 AM

hmm...reading all your comments helped me a lot, so I guess I'll just get the golden power
supply and leave the 2nd GTX 690 for the near future.
I have to thank all of you who helped in making this decision.
but I would still like to understand what renz469 meant by saying that it may add more trouble.
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May 23, 2014 1:32:27 AM

Just another person said:
I went out and said two GTX 690's cause after reading MANY articles I found out
that the 690 beat the titan in everything but the ram, since i play BF4 all ultra and 125% res +60 FPS
I said why not 2 so the problem of the 2Gb of ram is fixed, since as everyone knows, future games
will require more ram, still same thought??
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edit: my res is 1440x900, getting a bigger screen soon, so soon

Just to add something, as no one has mentioned it yet; buying another 690 will not help your VRAM issues. The totals do not add together, as the same data has to be stored in the VRAM of every GPU in your SLI setup.

The 690 already has 4GB or VRAM as it is, but because there are two GPUs in the card, and each one needs its own VRAM, they only have 2GB of VRAM to work with each.
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May 23, 2014 1:40:16 AM

That I already knew, that there are 2Gb in each GPU that work like
a mirror, but if I add another card, the total vram won't add up to be 4Gb??
not being a picky or anything, but if you have read carefully you would
noticed that I said I read many articles already, but thanks anyway
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May 23, 2014 1:45:09 AM

No, adding another card will not increase your available VRAM. It's just the same as in the 690 itself; the data has to be mirrored for all the GPUs
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May 23, 2014 3:27:40 AM

that isn't cool, but anyway I have to thank you all for helping me, again.
and I guess I'll stick with the 690 until it get behind.
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May 23, 2014 3:32:08 AM

Just another person said:
That I already knew, that there are 2Gb in each GPU that work like
a mirror, but if I add another card, the total vram won't add up to be 4Gb??
not being a picky or anything, but if you have read carefully you would
noticed that I said I read many articles already, but thanks anyway


No. If you add another 690, you will still only have 2GB of VRAM.
At that point you'll just be running 4 GTX 680s with 2GB each, and it'll all mirror down to 2GB. There is nothing you can do with 690s to get more than 2GB of VRAM. Just making that clear. SLI is not efficient.
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May 23, 2014 7:22:39 AM

Just another person said:
hmm...reading all your comments helped me a lot, so I guess I'll just get the golden power
supply and leave the 2nd GTX 690 for the near future.
I have to thank all of you who helped in making this decision.
but I would still like to understand what renz469 meant by saying that it may add more trouble.


I would assume he/she meant that that second 690 will require more power, take more room etc.
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