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April 19, 2012 8:20:48 PM

hello folks,
i looking to get the 680 for my new built. just for gaming. I'm going to be paying on a flat screen samsung tv at 1080 x 1920 resolution, this tv also does 120 hertz if that mean anything. this machine will be move around to different tv monitors like my house and my shop and my basement, so it does stay at one fix location to one tv panel. but the resolution will be the same on all of them. and i'm just a casual gammer for the summer while i'm out of school. i will not be using it with multi monitor at all. just one tv every time all the time.

i don't mind spending the money for a good setup, but i don't want to waste my money it if it isn't going to be used. so from your experience should i go for two 680 in sli or should i just do one 680 and it would be enough. i want to max out all settings on the games i play with all the pretty eye candy stuff and the rendering to be fluid smooth as possible.

things i have cumulated already are asus maximus V gene z77, i7 2700k, and corsair vengeance 32gb ddr3 1600.
power supply haven't purchase yet, and to be determine according to either sli or single 680 setup.

thanks
April 19, 2012 8:31:22 PM

With as powerful as that card is suppose to be, I'd say one should be enough. (Especially at $750 a pop.)
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April 19, 2012 8:37:13 PM

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... but i don't want to waste my money it if it isn't going to be used. ...
All of the GeForce GTX 680 2-way SLI reviews I've seen show a nice benefit to games that take advantage of multiple GPUs at 1920x1080 resolution.

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power supply haven't purchase yet, and to be determine according to either sli or single 680 setup.
For a system using a single GeForce GTX 680 graphics card NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 550 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 38 Amps or greater and that has at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

For a system using two GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 750 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 53 Amps or greater and that has at least four 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important factor.
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April 19, 2012 8:42:28 PM

Two if you can afford it, then you should be good for years.
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April 19, 2012 8:50:42 PM

^ +1

I agree. I have dual 6970s (basically a 6990) which is more or less 10%-15% more powerful than a single 680, and I can't fill my refresh rate (75Hz) with a few games totally maxed out with all the graphics mods applied (such as Crysis 2 w/ DX11/High-Res/MaLDo's pack/Blackfire's Mod).

Two 680s will be 80% more powerful if not more than what I have - hell yeah! Go for it! It will immediately pay huge dividends, as well as future proof you for years.
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April 19, 2012 8:54:54 PM

Since the 680 just came out and is pretty far ahead of the curve, I'd probably just get one, with the intention of buying a second one later. It's hard to see why the prices on the 680 would drop any time in the immediate future--the only performance pressure I can foresee would be from nvidia itself (685 rumors?) or from double GPU setups like the 590/6990--so I don't see any price pressure. But still, prices do eventually drop as more options come out, and as long as you're sticking to 1920x1080, it's pretty hard to argue that you NEED a second card in many games. Will you see a meaningful performance increase? Yes, in some games, especially if your monitor can handle 120 Hz and if you are sensitive to FPS above 60 (varies by the person). But again, the 680 will destroy most games at 1920x1080. So I'd hold off. But get the power supply to back it up.

Your other option, if you're going to go dual card now, would be to crossfire overclocked 7950s (or for $100 more, 7970s; or for $100 less, 7870s), especially after the recent price drops on the 79xx series. Both the 680 and the AMD 7000 series cards have great thermals and power usage, but the AMD cards don't have the same built-in variable clock that the 680 does. So you have more OC headroom on the AMDs right now, and you can get some great results if you tweak them. That's especially true if you plan for a dual-card setup by getting a big case with good air circulation.
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April 19, 2012 9:03:03 PM




































motorneuron said:
Since the 680 just came out and is pretty far ahead of the curve, I'd probably just get one, with the intention of buying a second one later. It's hard to see why the prices on the 680 would drop any time in the immediate future--the only performance pressure I can foresee would be from nvidia itself (685 rumors?) or from double GPU setups like the 590/6990--so I don't see any price pressure. But still, prices do eventually drop as more options come out, and as long as you're sticking to 1920x1080, it's pretty hard to argue that you NEED a second card in many games. Will you see a meaningful performance increase? Yes, in some games, especially if your monitor can handle 120 Hz and if you are sensitive to FPS above 60 (varies by the person). But again, the 680 will destroy most games at 1920x1080. So I'd hold off. But get the power supply to back it up.

Your other option, if you're going to go dual card now, would be to crossfire overclocked 7950s (or for $100 more, 7970s; or for $100 less, 7870s), especially after the recent price drops on the 79xx series. Both the 680 and the AMD 7000 series cards have great thermals and power usage, but the AMD cards don't have the same built-in variable clock that the 680 does. So you have more OC headroom on the AMDs right now, and you can get some great results if you tweak them. That's especially true if you plan for a dual-card setup by getting a big case with good air circulation.

You make some very good points.

But I would like to point out that I game at 1080p with a refresh rate of 75Hz and people told me that a single 6970 was plenty for that - not true. Granted, a 680 is far more powerful than the 6970 but I think you get my point. You would be surprised at what is needed once you factor in full AA and graphics mods and all that eye candy that those of us with high-end systems explore.

Also, if he is going to go the AMD route, I don't see how he should get anything other than two 7870s. I had much rather get two 7870s than two 7950s and put that money saved towards an SSD or something. The 7870 and the 7970 pretty much render the 7950 the odd man out, IMO.
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April 19, 2012 9:10:57 PM

xxcysxx said:
hello folks,
i looking to get the 680 for my new built. just for gaming. I'm going to be paying on a flat screen samsung tv at 1080 x 1920 resolution, this tv also does 120 hertz if that mean anything. this machine will be move around to different tv monitors like my house and my shop and my basement, so it does stay at one fix location to one tv panel. but the resolution will be the same on all of them. and i'm just a casual gammer for the summer while i'm out of school. i will not be using it with multi monitor at all. just one tv every time all the time.

i don't mind spending the money for a good setup, but i don't want to waste my money it if it isn't going to be used. so from your experience should i go for two 680 in sli or should i just do one 680 and it would be enough. i want to max out all settings on the games i play with all the pretty eye candy stuff and the rendering to be fluid smooth as possible.

things i have cumulated already are asus maximus V gene z77, i7 2700k, and corsair vengeance 32gb ddr3 1600.
power supply haven't purchase yet, and to be determine according to either sli or single 680 setup.

thanks


Reccomanding two gtx680 for a 1080p set-up isn,t realy a good advice. You'll see no benefit from it on the current game and I doubt you'll need more power even for the upcomming ones.

If you'd realy need two 680gtx to a 1080p game lets think about what I should need for my 5760x 108p set-up.

When they will release the 700s series then you might check some review an decide if you buy a second 680gtx, sell it to buy the new 700s or just hold on with a single 680gtx till they release the 800s.

As of now poeple max BF3 with a single hd7850 so I don't buy the crap of needing two 680gtx for a low resolution set-up: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...


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April 19, 2012 9:20:34 PM

PCgamer81 said:
You make some very good points.

But I would like to point out that I game at 1080p with a refresh rate of 75Hz and people told me that a single 6970 was plenty for that - not true. Granted, a 680 is far more powerful than the 6970 but I think you get my point. You would be surprised at what is needed once you factor in full AA and graphics mods and all that eye candy that those of us with high-end systems explore.

Also, if he is going to go the AMD route, I don't see how he should get anything other than two 7870s. I had much rather get two 7870s than two 7950s and put that money saved towards an SSD or something. The 7870 and the 7970 pretty much render the 7950 the odd man out, IMO.


I think we agree. He'd see a difference between one 680 and two 680s even at 1920x1080, especially if he has a 120 Hz display. I just see it as a question of value. Since he'll max many games with a single 680, he can save a few bucks by waiting until software advances or he gets a higher-res display(s). So it depends on how much he's willing to spend now.

As for the AMD route, I personally think the 7950 is a better value than the 7970, but the 7870 is still a decent choice. Check the benches at stock clocks here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=508 It's similar to the 6950 and 6970--the biggest difference between the 7970 and 7950 is the clock speed, but since you can OC the lower-end card, you wind up not having too much value in the higher-end card.

By contrast, the real difference between the 7870 and the 7950 is actual differences in the silicon. The 7950 has almost 50% more stream processors and texture units than the 7870. But the 7870 default clock is 1GHz, while the default 7950 clock is 800 MHz. Once you bump that 7950's clock up, it wrecks the 7870.
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April 19, 2012 9:23:59 PM

He will not have 120hz with that TV. TV's, unless this is an exception, do not offer connections that allow true 120hz. HDMI will not allow 120hz at 1080p. Unless it offers a DL-DVI connection, it won't help you. TV's usually just generate extra frames between the normal inputted frames. That won't happen for your computer games.

For 60hz gaming, a single GTX 680 is plenty.
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April 19, 2012 9:38:34 PM

bystander said:
He will not have 120hz with that TV. TV's, unless this is an exception, do not offer connections that allow true 120hz. HDMI will not allow 120hz at 1080p. Unless it offers a DL-DVI connection, it won't help you. TV's usually just generate extra frames between the normal inputted frames. That won't happen for your computer games.

For 60hz gaming, a single GTX 680 is plenty.

... and the insertion of interpolated frames (i.e. post-processing) introduces lag that you really don't want during gaming.

GeForce GTX 680 2-way SLI will make Metro 2033 more playable at 1920x1080.
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April 19, 2012 9:45:02 PM

ko888 said:
... and the insertion of interpolated frames (i.e. post-processing) introduces lag that you really don't want during gaming.

GeForce GTX 680 2-way SLI will make Metro 2033 more playable at 1920x1080.


Those insertions are done by the monitor, not by the graphics card, so more graphics power would not help. He will be limited to 60hz.

edit: but I do agree that with Metro 2033, you will get to a more comfortable FPS range, but I guess the question is, "is a couple games ability to play slight smoother worth $500?" (I'd say no, but that's his decision).
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April 19, 2012 10:28:22 PM

bystander said:
Those insertions are done by the monitor, not by the graphics card, so more graphics power would not help. He will be limited to 60hz.

edit: but I do agree that with Metro 2033, you will get to a more comfortable FPS range, but I guess the question is, "is a couple games ability to play slight smoother worth $500?" (I'd say no, but that's his decision).

I never said that those extra frames are generated by the graphics card(s). I know that the term Post-Processing means that the frames are inserted by the TV's own processing chip.

The extra lag introduced by the TV processor's insertion of interpolated frames is not necessarily conducive to smooth game play.

The OP also hasn't said which games are being played.
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April 19, 2012 10:33:39 PM

I suppose you can try out one GTX680 and if you feel you aboslutely need more fps, then you could grab another, rather than getting GTX680SLI right off the bat and discovering that the price/performance ratio isn't that great, then you feel like you wasted $500.
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April 19, 2012 10:35:37 PM

That's probably the best idea. It also let's you see the difference if you do by a 2nd.
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April 20, 2012 12:26:12 AM

xunicronx said:
I suppose you can try out one GTX680 and if you feel you aboslutely need more fps, then you could grab another, rather than getting GTX680SLI right off the bat and discovering that the price/performance ratio isn't that great, then you feel like you wasted $500.

It really depends on the game title, for a smooth gameplay in Metro 2033 you need to SLI or CF, and i guess the same scenario will happen When playing Metro Last night the next year.

Some game titles require that power, and some else are just a bottleneck for GTX 680.
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April 20, 2012 4:24:14 AM

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2 680's is beyond overkill for todays games at 1080p.
2 4xx series cards will give you similar and better performance for less.

Last I checked, the 490 never came. So...

Two 480s vs two 680s, well...

Seeing as how he doesn't live in the north pole where all that extra heat would come in handy, I recommend two 680s (although two 480s would make the house so cozy) ;)  .

Seriously, no chance that two 480s will even come close to giving him the performance of two 680s. That would be like me telling someone to snag a couple of 6970s (like I have) instead of two 7970s. They are beast cards (the 480s), but not quite on par with two 680s. No offense.
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April 20, 2012 4:28:45 AM

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Never said performance would be the same or better.
I was talking price vs a single 680.

I thought when you said, "similar and better performance for less", you meant it literally. I guess now I see what you mean - you meant it in respect to 1080p gaming. My bad.
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April 20, 2012 4:30:15 AM

PCgamer81 said:
I thought when you said, "similar and better performance for less", you meant it literally. I guess now I see what you mean - you meant it in respect to 1080p gaming. My bad.


I believe he meant it literally. Two 480's will out perform a single 680 and cost less.
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April 20, 2012 4:39:18 AM

bystander said:
I believe he meant it literally. Two 480's will out perform a single 680 and cost less.

2 680's is beyond overkill for todays games at 1080p.
2 4xx series cards will give you similar and better performance for less.


It doesn't look that way to me...

Edit: ^

I guess he did mean that.
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April 20, 2012 4:44:27 AM

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LOL i meant vs the single 680 seeing as though it costs 500+.
In SLi obviously 680's will rape 2 480's :) 


They beat it pretty good, but I don't know about raping it. The 480 is still very beastly.

Can they really be had for $500? Makes my mouth water just thinking about a second build with dual 480s...
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April 20, 2012 4:48:46 AM

PCgamer81 said:
They beat it pretty good, but I don't know about raping it. The 480 is still very beastly.

Can they really be had for $500? Makes my mouth water just thinking about a second build with dual 480s...


Be be sure you are ready to deal with the noise levels, or get them with really good cooling systems.
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April 20, 2012 4:59:21 AM

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Yes agreed.
However once those hurdles are dealt with, they are a dream.

If I could get $300 ($150 and $150) for my two gently used 6970s (had one for 6 months and the other 3 months and never overclocked past 930/1440 on both), I would gladly pay $200 to upgrade (yes, I said upgrade) to two 480s. I would throw down on a couple of those nifty coolers and be good to go.

It would be worth it just to get PhysX not to mention better performance in all the "Nvidia games" - which is most, truth be told.
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April 20, 2012 5:02:16 AM

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Unfortunatly yes you are right.
Drivers are solid too.

In terms of performance, 6970s have always reminded me of midgets, anyway (I don't mean little people). They are stunted. They are supposed to be AMD's answer to the 580 and don't even compete with the 570 - even the 560Ti beats it in some games and that's just sad. It has all the attributes of a high-end beast card, but it's just...stunted. Midgetized.
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April 20, 2012 5:24:50 AM

Thanks a lot!

I am seriously considering this. Who knows, maybe my sig will be changed in a month or two.
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April 20, 2012 5:29:21 AM

bystander said:
Be be sure you are ready to deal with the noise levels, or get them with really good cooling systems.

After dealing with two 6970s that sound like they will bring the house down when I disable VSYNC (it sounds like a jet taking off), I don't think noise is something that bothers me. Plus, I game with headphones.

But the heat is something I dread and the one thing that will give me cause for contemplation. I have never taken apart a GPU and installed a cooler or water block. I don't know anything about it.
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April 20, 2012 2:14:46 PM

PCgamer81 said:
After dealing with two 6970s that sound like they will bring the house down when I disable VSYNC (it sounds like a jet taking off), I don't think noise is something that bothers me. Plus, I game with headphones.

But the heat is something I dread and the one thing that will give me cause for contemplation. I have never taken apart a GPU and installed a cooler or water block. I don't know anything about it.

I don't get it, Will you swap the HD 6970s for GTX 480s?
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April 21, 2012 3:33:27 AM

ilysaml said:
I don't get it, Will you swap the HD 6970s for GTX 480s?

If I get the chance I will.

Two 480s beat two 6970s. Albeit slightly, but PhysX and superior drivers are a big thing.
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April 21, 2012 2:37:12 PM

PCgamer81 said:
If I get the chance I will.

Two 480s beat two 6970s. Albeit slightly, but PhysX and superior drivers are a big thing.

They Don't, you might just feel a difference in TWIMTBP games only.
Physx? Can you tell me please how many games out there support Physx?

Very few games support GPU accelerated PhysX. Metro 2033 does support GPU accelerated PhysX, but the effect is so subtle that it is hardly noticeable. Batman Arkham & Mafia 2 support Physx as well and it is more noticeable in those games. Mafia 2 involves adding lots of debris from destructible objects.

And FYI, The majority of the games mainly use PhysX on the CPU, not the GPU, so it doesn't matter if you have a GPU that supports GPU accelerated PhysX.

For me, I wouldn't go that move, disadvantages are more than the advantages.
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April 21, 2012 3:12:51 PM

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http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1019579&mpage=1

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/310?vs=298
Look at clock differences^^

800mhz+ puts the 480 in 580 territory.

CF scaling is better than SLI in most situations, your score in the BF3 screen shot above should be done easily with 2 GTX 570s in SLI (which is the same as the GTX 480s in SLI).

If you claim the 2 GTX 480s when OCed match the performance of GTX 580s in SLI, anyone could OC 2 HD 6970s or 2 GTX 570s for the optimum results.

Anandtech benches shows a win for the 2 HD 6970s, or at least the performance is not that greatly noticeable between the 2 cards.

You're asking him to get 2 480s in order to feel the NAME of 2 GTX 580s? Power, noise, heat, tessellation...all that does matter.

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262.xx was used for SLi, the speed improvements came with driver 275.xx

Drivers gets better and better for both companies, AMD & nVidia, the perfromance of the GTX 570 and HD 6970 was trading off until the magic drivers came.
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April 21, 2012 3:15:45 PM

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They even top a GTX 680/7970 for less money.

Don't make me feel retarded by your ridiculous posts, any fool knows that 2 high end cards in CF/SLI are much stronger than a single high end GPU.
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April 21, 2012 3:19:20 PM

You are looking only on a high damn FPS score without looking at power drain, noise, heat, the better tessellation, the newer technology & visual experiences.....
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April 21, 2012 3:24:30 PM

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me and the other member were sharing interests before you started howling your trap.

I thought that You, malmental, matto17sec are only sharing your "nVidia love"
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April 21, 2012 4:52:30 PM

gentleman, can we all just get along. :)  thank you

anyway, that aside. i certainly very much appreciate all of your professional enthusiastic responses, i take all of your consideration very seriously.
i have used crossfire on my last built. a dual radeon x1950 pro setup, and while it is great at the time and served me well, but for this particular built i would like to stick to nvidia only.

perhaps i will take some of your advices and go with just one 680 for now and see how it play out and then decide if i will need a second. about the tv thing. i will most likely not going to be using anything beyond 1920 x 1080p because i like the feel of sitting back on my couch and play play my games like it is a console system, on a large tv screen. not on a computer desk in front of a monitor with a keyboard and mouse like i'm at work, to much tension on my back and neck, and no sense of enjoyment. and also like i said i'm just a casual seasonal gammer, i'm just playing games every days until school semester start again in the fall, then video games will be over.

you guys mention something about a higher performance nvidia video card to be released after the 680, is it going to be anytime before may 16, or before june? i like to have something to indulge myself as soon as school is over. i'm so exhausted and stressed from studying, i need to take this edge of fast.
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April 21, 2012 6:16:17 PM

Rumored Release Dates:

GeForce GTX 690 - May 5th

GeForce GTX 670 - May 10th
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April 21, 2012 11:16:46 PM

Anyway, not wanting to cause an argument.

TWIMTBP games are like 90% of games, so getting better improvement in those is a big deal.

And PhysX is a big issue with me, because of the games I do play - Metro 2033 and the Batman games.

I also like the idea of not having to worry about drivers every time a new game is released.

I never did think the 480s were that much better than 6970s TBH, but those issues alone were my main reasons for considering this - plus I had no idea that 480s could be had so cheap.

Also, power consumption is not something I have to worry about at all. I have a beastly PSU. The heat, yes. That worries me because 480s really cook, especially SLI'd, but that seems to be fixable.

I have become pretty disillusioned with AMD these last few months and if given the opportunity to switch camps I think I would take it in a heartbeat, TBH.
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April 22, 2012 12:04:20 AM

PCgamer81 said:
You make some very good points.

But I would like to point out that I game at 1080p with a refresh rate of 75Hz and people told me that a single 6970 was plenty for that - not true. Granted, a 680 is far more powerful than the 6970 but I think you get my point. You would be surprised at what is needed once you factor in full AA and graphics mods and all that eye candy that those of us with high-end systems explore.

Also, if he is going to go the AMD route, I don't see how he should get anything other than two 7870s. I had much rather get two 7870s than two 7950s and put that money saved towards an SSD or something. The 7870 and the 7970 pretty much render the 7950 the odd man out, IMO.


Really?As far as im concerend the only 78/7900 series worth its price is the 7950.$40 more and you get an extra gig of vram and when overclocked beats gtx 680 stock quite easily.The 7970 is to expensive especially when a 7950 can clock as high as it and run just as well.
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April 22, 2012 12:13:09 AM

I just got 2 480's got an evga superclocked and a galaxy oc version which is huge and 3 fans.Problem is i would have to have the cooler running galaxy card running in the top slot and the dang thing takes up 3 slots.So now i will have to go out and get an aftermarket cooler for the evga before i can sli them.I could sli them now with the evga in the top but i fear i would be bordering 100 celcius with the top card.I really love the galaxy though it doesnt even hit 60 celcius at 60% fan speed and is quiet to.It runs cooler then my xfx 7970 did
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April 22, 2012 2:03:01 AM

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I just got 2 480's got an evga superclocked and a galaxy oc version which is huge and 3 fans.Problem is i would have to have the cooler running galaxy card running in the top slot and the dang thing takes up 3 slots.So now i will have to go out and get an aftermarket cooler for the evga before i can sli them.I could sli them now with the evga in the top but i fear i would be bordering 100 celcius with the top card.I really love the galaxy though it doesnt even hit 60 celcius at 60% fan speed and is quiet to.It runs cooler then my xfx 7970 did

Two 480s are significantly more powerful than a single 7970, so if I were you I would try to find a way to get them both onboard. :) 

I have done a lot of research into the 480 the last 2 days and everything I hear is that they are very hot and very loud, but in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing they can be overclocked like crazy and are beasts.
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April 22, 2012 2:10:15 AM

Ya well the galaxy oc version with 3 fans overclocks like crazy.I can get them in the case if i put the galaxy on the bottom,but putting a reference 480 with stock fan would be a huge mistake to put in the top.Ill give it a go and see if i can keep it under 100 celcius.As far as being loud even the reference one doesnt seem loud to me my 7970 was louder.The galaxy on the other hand i can barley hear even if i crank the fan to 100%.I really like the galaxy oc version this thing is every bit as cool running as my 7950
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April 22, 2012 2:23:25 AM

You might want to try a bigger case if all else fails.
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April 22, 2012 2:34:46 AM

PCgamer81 said:
You might want to try a bigger case if all else fails.


LOL its not the case trust me my case is huge its my motherboard.I got the asrock gen 3 motherboard which i thought had good spacing for a sli/crossfire rig lol.the galaxy is just a really thick card.
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April 22, 2012 4:57:58 AM

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LOL its not the case trust me my case is huge its my motherboard.I got the asrock gen 3 motherboard which i thought had good spacing for a sli/crossfire rig lol.the galaxy is just a really thick card.

I have the same issue and am going to have to swap out this board. Regardless of what I decide all my slots are filled up and that is with dual x8s. I don't have room for nothing. No way I would have room for cooling blocks whether I go with 480s or stay with 6970s.
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April 22, 2012 8:04:09 AM

I just wish there was a 2 slot aftermarket cooler for these things.My top card the evga refference barley broke 80 in heaven with 100% fan speed but in furmark they hit 100 inside a minute.The galaxy oc really is a sweet card if i could fit 2 of those in my computer id be set for sure.that thing doesnt even break 60 celcius.impressive for a 480
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April 23, 2012 12:37:04 AM

PCgamer81 said:
I have the same issue and am going to have to swap out this board. Regardless of what I decide all my slots are filled up and that is with dual x8s. I don't have room for nothing. No way I would have room for cooling blocks whether I go with 480s or stay with 6970s.


The cool thing with your situation is you could easily do an even swap for 2 6970 and find someone with 2 480's wouldnt cost you a dime.I traded my 7970+$100 for 2 gtx 480's and i feel like i got the better end of the deal.the 480's at stock beat out a 7970 and once you overclock 2 480's its game over.Main reason i did it was im building a 2nd computer and wanted a sli and crossfire rig setup.I will eventually crossfire my 7950 probably late summer.You hit 800 mhz with gtx 480's your talking same or a touch better performance then gtx 580's.recon wasnt kidding hes really smart for not upgrading yet.Judging the performance of the 480's every card outside the 7950 is way overpriced today
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Anonymous
April 23, 2012 12:40:46 AM

what i meant to say is the guy gave me 100$ on top of the 2 gtx 480's.Recon you were right all along the heat is there but they are meant to run hot just the way it is.
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Anonymous
April 23, 2012 12:56:32 AM

Ya i had this perception for a while now that 580's spanked 480's but to me all 580's were are updated 480's that run cooler and take alittle less power.Personally i do not want to anger anyone but anyone who went to 580's who already had 480's didnt do there research,unless they were just looking for a cooler running card
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Anonymous
April 23, 2012 1:55:51 AM

I agree... I think these are the same people trying to justify spending high buck on soemthing with essentially the same performance.I got my glaxy 480 overclocked to 852 mhz core rather easily and i guarentee you there isnt a stock gtx 580 even one slighltey overclocked that can keep with it.I will never spend 7970 like money again.The only card i can reccomend at the 400$+ point is the 7950 if you spend anymore on the 680 or 7970 your just throwing money out the window imo
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April 23, 2012 2:38:52 AM

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Ya i had this perception for a while now that 580's spanked 480's but to me all 580's were are updated 480's that run cooler and take alittle less power.Personally i do not want to anger anyone but anyone who went to 580's who already had 480's didnt do there research,unless they were just looking for a cooler running card


I had 470's, and due to my aversion to noise, I couldn't be happier having gotten rid of them. The 480's are also noisy, although if I was to go water cooling, things might be different.
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