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Should i wait till 4gb gtx 680 comes out

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April 1, 2012 5:16:47 AM

Hey guys,
Im going to build my own pc for $4000 . Im going play at 1080p 2d or 3d on 3d monitor

Im going with gtx 680 sli but the thing is that currently 2gb version is only available i dont want to upgrade by computer for another 3-4 years so should i wait till gtx 680 4gb version comes out or get gtx 680 2gb itself because

games like skyrim, crysis 2, battlefield 3, batman arkham city, witcher 2 , metro 2033 uses more than 1.5gb and around 2gb .
So im afraid that 2gb will become bottleneck in future so what shud i get ?

2gb gtx 680 sli
Or
wait till 4gb version shows up and get 4gb gtx 680 sli


My Build specs :

Intel i7 3930k
Asus Rampage iv Formula
Corsair vengeance 16gb 1866 mhz ram
gtx 680 sli
105 watts psu
corsair h100 cooler
lg bluray burner
240gb ssd
2X1tb hdd raid 0
haf x case
asus vg278h
1000va ups

Thanks in advance for your help ?

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April 1, 2012 5:23:18 AM

HardOCP's article showed no bottleneck with 680 SLI.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
April 1, 2012 5:25:17 AM

Ultimate Gohan said:
Hey guys,
Im going to build my own pc for $4000 . Im going play at 1080p 2d or 3d on 3d monitor

Im going with gtx 680 sli but the thing is that currently 2gb version is only available i dont want to upgrade by computer for another 3-4 years so should i wait till gtx 680 4gb version comes out or get gtx 680 2gb itself because

games like skyrim, crysis 2, battlefield 3, batman arkham city, witcher 2 , metro 2033 uses more than 1.5gb and around 2gb .
So im afraid that 2gb will become bottleneck in future so what shud i get ?

2gb gtx 680 sli
Or
wait till 4gb version shows up and get 4gb gtx 680 sli


My Build specs :

Intel i7 3930k
Asus Rampage iv Formula
Corsair vengeance 16gb 1866 mhz ram
gtx 680 sli
105 watts psu
corsair h100 cooler
lg bluray burner
240gb ssd
2X1tb hdd raid 0
haf x case
asus vg278h
1000va ups

Thanks in advance for your help ?


If you are wanting a 4 gb of Vram and you are only going to play in 1080 and with one monitor? That is a waste. With 4 gig of Vram you should shoot for higher res more than 1200.

And you should run more than one monitor. But if you want to get the 4 gigs of Vram so in the fucture you up grade then yes get it. Good luck to you
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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2012 5:26:46 AM

There are very few games that even utilize more than 4gb system memory. So i highly doubt 4gb of video memory will be neded in the near future.

at present, 2gb is already overkill for all but the highest resolutions (1440p and above) so i really think that two 680s will tide you over for a long while to come.
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April 1, 2012 5:28:46 AM

azeem40 said:
HardOCP's article showed no bottleneck with 680 SLI.

Im speaking about future
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April 1, 2012 5:38:08 AM

How long do you plan to keep it? That will determine if 2GB of vRAM will still be needed.
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April 1, 2012 5:50:12 AM

azeem40 said:
How long do you plan to keep it? That will determine if 2GB of vRAM will still be needed.

im going to buy gtx 680 sli either 2gb versions or 4gb versions and i dont want to upgrade my graphic card for atleast 3 years so do u still think 2gb will be enough
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April 1, 2012 5:50:37 AM

I agree with what both DM186 and welshmousepk wrote. If you're gaming on a single 1920x1080 monitor, a single GTX 680 should be enough for gaming over the next year or two. Going with an SLI configuration is going to probably hold you over for 3-4 years, but there is no way of really knowning. Predicting the future is not something I would pretend to be able to do.

Just a note, the upgraded version of the GTX 580, with 3GB instead of the original 1.5GB of RAM, was a $600 video card when it came out. If the GTX 680 is similar, you can expect to see a $600-650 card. I don't know whether or not you'll get to see that extra money go to good use for a single monitor, 1080P rig...
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April 1, 2012 6:12:35 AM

Ironwilly said:
I agree with what both DM186 and welshmousepk wrote. If you're gaming on a single 1920x1080 monitor, a single GTX 680 should be enough for gaming over the next year or two. Going with an SLI configuration is going to probably hold you over for 3-4 years, but there is no way of really knowning. Predicting the future is not something I would pretend to be able to do.

Just a note, the upgraded version of the GTX 580, with 3GB instead of the original 1.5GB of RAM, was a $600 video card when it came out. If the GTX 680 is similar, you can expect to see a $600-650 card. I don't know whether or not you'll get to see that extra money go to good use for a single monitor, 1080P rig...

gtx 580 1.5gb costed $500 while 3gb gtx 580 costed $550 so i expect 4gb gtx 680 will costs $550 because currently 2gb gtx 680 costs $500
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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2012 6:25:17 AM

That's now, not at release.

demand, and therefore cost, is always considerably higher at launch.
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April 1, 2012 6:41:04 AM

You should wait until 16GB version is out.
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April 1, 2012 6:45:11 AM

They've significantly cut the price of both versions of the 580s at this point. The reference GTX 680 is $500-520 (depending on who slaps their label on it), the non-reference cards are going to range between $520-570 most likely. Expect to pay at least and additional $100 for the 4GB version. Remember, the 580 went from 1.5 to 3GB, the 680s will go from 2 to 4GB. 2GB > 1.5GB ... Just saying.

Again, it's your money. Do whatever makes you happy. :) 

P.S. Or, like Sonny said, wait until the 16GB version hits stores for $350
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April 1, 2012 6:56:05 AM

Sonny73N said:
You should wait until 16GB version is out.

you sir just made my day
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a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2012 8:03:07 AM

I would not wait, the gtx 580 3gb edition did not see much improvement to the gtx 580 with 1.5gb, and it is very unlikely, like others have said that your card will utilize 4gb. So you don't need to wait.

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April 1, 2012 8:12:41 AM

Don't wait. 2GB is fine for 3 years. :p 
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April 1, 2012 8:42:36 AM

You dont need sli for a 1080p setup and you dont need more then 2g of Vram for that either so dont wait.
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April 1, 2012 8:53:46 AM

Sonny73N said:
You should wait until 16GB version is out.



by that time u can get a PlayStation 32 and it be better...
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April 1, 2012 5:25:47 PM

What if you like to mod the hell out of Skyrim with 2048x2048 textures?

Wouldn't a 4GB card come in handy?
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April 1, 2012 6:54:55 PM

In 3 to 4 years who knows what it will bring. So nVidia and AMD both know a little more than they are telling. So you have to ask your self. Why are they putting 4 GB of Vram if it is useless?

So anything over 2 GB is useless. Unless they know something we don't know. So if it is a $50.00 dollar difference then why not. Even now we all know that it is way over kill.

But will it hurt anything like preformence, would it cause low fps, etc? So if it doesn't cause any bad things to happen then why not get it and be happy. This is just my opinion.
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April 2, 2012 4:58:05 AM

DM186 said:
In 3 to 4 years who knows what it will bring. So nVidia and AMD both know a little more than they are telling. So you have to ask your self. Why are they putting 4 GB of Vram if it is useless?

So anything over 2 GB is useless. Unless they know something we don't know. So if it is a $50.00 dollar difference then why not. Even now we all know that it is way over kill.

But will it hurt anything like preformence, would it cause low fps, etc? So if it doesn't cause any bad things to happen then why not get it and be happy. This is just my opinion.

nothing is actually overkill today's overkill might be tommorrow's bottleneck so let me hold out till 4gb 680 comes out
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April 2, 2012 5:06:42 AM

From all the reviews the 680 performed really well with single and multi monitor and even at higher resolutions, looks like the 2gb vram and the gpu performance the card has it can handle pretty much anything thrown at it
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April 2, 2012 8:36:58 AM

Best answer selected by Ultimate Gohan.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 8, 2012 5:19:48 AM

GTX680 2GB:
This is for single card setups.

GTX680 4GB:
This is for SLI setups.

Video RAM is cloned, not added in SLI and Crossfire. So in a 3xSLI GTX680 2GB setup there's not enough RAM. You still only have 2GB of usable VRAM.

The bottom line is get a 4GB version if you intend to SLI and the 2GB version if you don't.
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