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March 22, 2012 9:04:37 PM

For this build I am currently slowly piecing together, and a budget of about $1800, I was originally going to with two 560 Ti's in SLI, but that would actually be $50 MORE expensive than getting a single 680. Should I just put a GTX 680 instead? I was thinking of doing that anyway, but the price definitely surprised me.

My other components I'm thinking of getting:

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K (or the 3570K Ivy Bridge)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - Asus P8Z68-V Pro (or an Ivy Bridge board when they come out)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - G. Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Boot Drive - Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage Drive - 2 Seagate Barracuda 500GB RAID 0 (I don't really know if raid is worth it yet, I've been told it is)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Disk Drive - Asus 24x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - 23" Asus VH238H LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - Corsair Professional AX750 80+ Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The resolution would be with a single 23" 1920x1080 monitor

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March 22, 2012 9:34:25 PM

I know this is about the gtx 680 and I'm sure that's in heavy debate right now but I just wanted to comment and say that I think the Noctua is a bit overpriced personally. I think the hyper 212 or even the prolimatech are just as good. I believe there are quite of few reviews about them on here at Tom's.
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March 22, 2012 9:43:25 PM

I would go for the fastest single card over any sli option.


echod said:
I know this is about the gtx 680 and I'm sure that's in heavy debate right now but I just wanted to comment and say that I think the Noctua is a bit overpriced personally. I think the hyper 212 or even the prolimatech are just as good. I believe there are quite of few reviews about them on here at Tom's.


The d14 is expensive but it's the best air cooler out there right now, whether it's worth the premium is debatable.
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March 22, 2012 9:43:44 PM

To answer your question specifically, get the 680. You'll avoid the issues of SLI/CF this way and save a few bucks. The 680 has shown that it performs almost as well as the 590 (two slower 580's in SLI) so it's really a good buy over the 560ti SLI.
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March 22, 2012 9:57:14 PM

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I think 570 SLI overtake a GTX 590 so SLI GTX 580 is still a beastly option IMO.


Yes however that's besides the point as this is about the 560ti. Two 580's at best would cost you 700. And that's the 1.5GB model.

Also I don't see SLI/CF as a buying option off the bat. It's better to do as a value option for in the future over having to buy a whole brand new card as a decent upgrade.

P.S. Fix your quote under your avatar. "Your" should be "You're" simple grammar like that kind of bothers me as to how people get wrong.
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March 22, 2012 10:02:11 PM

wolfram23 said:
680 is a beast at that res so yeah that's a better option.

However, you could also go with, say, a 7870 like this Gigabyte model for $360 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's faster than a 580 and overclocks like mad.


^+1 can't agree more. So far this is one of the most impressive cards this year IMO.
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March 22, 2012 10:08:21 PM

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Is 7870 really all that much faster than say this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... we are talking within margin of error here.


7870 has more vram, cheaper by a small amount, and power efficient with plenty of OC room. Overall the 7870 is a better choice unless you need CUDA or something related.

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Sorry just exploring/considering better value options for OP is all ;-(


That's fine. Just explaining my view on the situation and about price.
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March 22, 2012 10:22:13 PM

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That's fine to but please don't slam me for stating my valid opinion ;-)


Please re-read my post. It's apparent that I was in no way slamming you or your opinion.
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March 22, 2012 10:51:36 PM

omega21xx said:
To answer your question specifically, get the 680. You'll avoid the issues of SLI/CF this way and save a few bucks. The 680 has shown that it performs almost as well as the 590 (two slower 580's in SLI) so it's really a good buy over the 560ti SLI.

So I should get the 680 now and then when I need to upgrade again, could SLI'ing it be a valid option? Just wondering since you say SLI has issues.
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March 22, 2012 10:54:11 PM

I am also not entirely educated on what makes GPUs more powerful performance wise. What is more important when it comes to getting higher framerates? Cores, core clock, or VRAM? (VRAM is the "2GB" part right?)
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March 22, 2012 11:00:09 PM

llguitargr8 said:
I am also not entirely educated on what makes GPUs more powerful performance wise. What is more important when it comes to getting higher framerates? Cores, core clock, or VRAM? (VRAM is the "2GB" part right?)

Well neither one justify more performance. I wish it was that simple but it's not. We have to settle for benchmarks and reviews to determine performance in a given situation.
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March 22, 2012 11:22:23 PM

echod said:
Well neither one justify more performance. I wish it was that simple but it's not. We have to settle for benchmarks and reviews to determine performance in a given situation.

Well how important is the vram? Knowing nvidia, they will release a card with more memory later this year, and I probably wont be building until mid to late summer.
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March 22, 2012 11:51:38 PM

llguitargr8 said:
Well how important is the vram? Knowing nvidia, they will release a card with more memory later this year, and I probably wont be building until mid to late summer.


At a single 1080p monitor, 2GB is more than enough. If using a triple monitor setup, 3GB is better as you won't have any worries about running out of Vram. However 2GB still works well on triple monitor resolutions, just might not be enough vram in a texture/AA heavy setting.
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March 25, 2012 6:55:17 PM

llguitargr8 said:
For this build I am currently slowly piecing together, and a budget of about $1800, I was originally going to with two 560 Ti's in SLI, but that would actually be $50 MORE expensive than getting a single 680. Should I just put a GTX 680 instead? I was thinking of doing that anyway, but the price definitely surprised me.

My other components I'm thinking of getting:

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K (or the 3570K Ivy Bridge)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - Asus P8Z68-V Pro (or an Ivy Bridge board when they come out)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - G. Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Boot Drive - Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage Drive - 2 Seagate Barracuda 500GB RAID 0 (I don't really know if raid is worth it yet, I've been told it is)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Disk Drive - Asus 24x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - 23" Asus VH238H LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - Corsair Professional AX750 80+ Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The resolution would be with a single 23" 1920x1080 monitor


go for the GTX680. in the long run and now it will save you some money. when your due for an upgrade, you can just throw in another 680. if you go with your dual 560 Tis, when your due for an upgrade you will be throwing away your 560s (aka throwing away alotta cash).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you should get this fan instead. most noctuas have a really ugly beige colour on them, like the one you chose XD this fan still has the high performance but has blue LEDs on the fan to suite your case, it will look awesome in that case. i really dont understand why you need a fan that expensive for a 2500k. (or a 3570k) a hyper 212+ would be more then enough. your max would be under 60C. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... read the second review! enjoy your build.
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March 26, 2012 2:00:22 AM

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May 14, 2012 6:30:49 AM


The 680 would be the better choice over a 560 TI SLI due to microstutter on the SLI, 2 gb of vram for the 680 vs. 1 gb of vram on the 560 TI SLI, much less power usage, TXAA, and you could add a second 680 later on.

I would go with the CPU Cooler mentioned by marshal11 (the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus) and the Corsair AX850 power supply instead of the 750 due to the fan on the AX850 not even spinning until 170 watt usage resulting in a quieter pc. Going with the AX850 will also give you more wattage for upgrades in the future and will be less likely to have power issues later on down the road.

Corsair AX850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 14, 2012 7:03:18 AM

Never mind bro, just noticed I was a month and a half late. Happy gaming!
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May 14, 2012 7:27:49 PM

kobron23 said:
Never mind bro, just noticed I was a month and a half late. Happy gaming!

Not late at all! I'm still getting the money together, so it probably won't be until June. And that's another thing I've gotten mixed advice on. 750 vs 850 watts?
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May 14, 2012 8:09:13 PM

The 750 watt would be enough but the 850 can be had $175 on Amazon and I would rather have the extra wattage if needed for the future. Also, power supplies slowly degrade over time and deliver less power so having the extra amps would help out in the long run. 1 TB hard drives can be bought for not much more than 500 GB also.
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