I'm planning on buying myself a brand new high-end gaming PC. The price tag is around $3 500 USD(have earned up some money in military service). I live in Norway, so the prices are way higher than in the US and mostly the rest of the world.
Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely june
Budget Range: ~$3 500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, small programming
Dude are you slow? Did you even read the article? You said 2 Gtx 680's will out perform a 690. Thats true (by 5-10%). Running 680s in sli requires more power. Read the article!
"Each GeForce GTX 680 is rated with a 195 W maximum board power. Each Radeon HD 7970 is rated for 250 W. The GeForce GTX 690’s board power is set at 300 W.
It makes sense, then, that it’d use less power under load compared to twin GeForce GTX 680s. Two Radeons in CrossFire are noticeably more egregious power consumers. Even the GeForce GTX 590 averages higher use than the new GeForce GTX 690.
Truly, this is where the Kepler architecture’s emphasis on performance/watt shines. It would have been nice to see Nvidia spend more time cutting power at idle, like AMD, given the majority of time we spend not gaming. However, the savings under load are certainly impressive. "
I would prefer not to have SLI or CrossFire.
I can't see the differences being big enough for choosing an SLI setup rather than a single card solution... Also, if(when) Asus releases their Direct CU 690 cards, I think it probably will outperform the 680 SLI.