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1 680 hydro copper or 2 stock nvidia 680 in sli?! Pls help

I am upgrading from 2 295 nvidia geforce sli and i need to know if i should upgrade to 1 nvidia geforce 680 hydro copper or 2 stock nvidia geforce 680's in sli mode. Which would give me better performance and overall be better? Please help thanks.
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  1. The Hydro Copper would be nice and quiet since it's water cooled but as far as performance goes the two stock 680's would give almost double the performance of the single 680. Don't get me wrong I love the Hydro Copper cards from Evga and I currently have three of the 580's but two 680's will always best a single 680 even though the Hydo Copper cards usually come with a factory overclock. :sol:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-sli-review/15
  2. A pair of cards in SLI is always going to beat the pants off a single equivalent card, I don't care what modifications have been made.
  3. Get the two. You'll love it. I do!
  4. Thanks guys made me feel better about my decision. My first 680 shipped and im trying to find a second right now even tho thats going to be very hard without paying over. I was wondering that my gaming rig is getting kind of old do i need to upgrade any more parts of my rig. Here's a link to the machine i bought 4 years ago, funny newegg still has it up.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227195

    Also i have never refilled my liquid Cooling kit, would i need to do that qbout this time also? its been 4 and half years.
  5. You need to be doing minor yearly maintenance on any liquid cooling setup that isn't closed loop.
  6. Yea you may want to change the water or something, but By that time... Its just about time to build a new rig. 1366 is getting old but its still good. Kinda up to you if you wanna upgrade but two 680's are gonna give your system a sort of revive. Its 45nm and Intel is days away from releasing the 22nm CPU's.....
  7. I would defietly change the liquid in you loop , 4 years is too long to not have done anything to it. Make sure you put some additives in there or some silver.

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11441/ex-tub-705/IandH_Silver_KillCoils_-_Antimicrobial_999_Fine_Silver_Tubing_Reservoir_Strip.html?tl=g30c103s186

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11744/ex-liq-154/IandH_Dead-Water_Copper_Sulfate_Biocidal_PC_Coolant_Additive.html?tl=g30c103s186

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14874/ex-liq-202/Alphacool_Ultra_Pure_Water_-_1000mL.html?tl=g30c103s753

    The best liquid for water cooling is just plain distilled or ultra pure water with some additives.
    What do you have for water cooling? Is it something you put together or is it a closed loop for just the cpu?
    Are you going with two Hydro Copper cards?
  8. trippsterr said:
    Thanks guys made me feel better about my decision. My first 680 shipped and im trying to find a second right now even tho thats going to be very hard without paying over. I was wondering that my gaming rig is getting kind of old do i need to upgrade any more parts of my rig. Here's a link to the machine i bought 4 years ago, funny newegg still has it up.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227195

    Also i have never refilled my liquid Cooling kit, would i need to do that qbout this time also? its been 4 and half years.



    You shouldn't have to updrade anything with that rig and if there is an issue with a bottleneck at the cpu you can always overclock the cpu a bit since the extreme models are uaually unlocked. :D
  9. Thanks again for all the responses, they help alot. I got a couple more stupid questions for ya if you guys dont mind. I was wondering if the brand matters when it comes to sli, like can i get one galaxy 680 and one evga? Also can the 680's be clocked differantly? I might not be able to get the same one second time around thats why i ask.
  10. trippsterr said:
    Thanks again for all the responses, they help alot. I got a couple more stupid questions for ya if you guys dont mind. I was wondering if the brand matters when it comes to sli, like can i get one galaxy 680 and one evga? Also can the 680's be clocked differantly? I might not be able to get the same one second time around thats why i ask.

    The answers are here:

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/sli/faq#c17

    They can be clocked differently. They can be different brands.
  11. The thing is that Nvidia cards are harder to mix and match than AMD cards but you can still mix cards from different manufacturers. Nvidia offers a way to manualy adjust the registry settings for two cards with different size memory called "coolbits". It does work as I tried it when I had two cards , one with 1.5gb of ram and the other with 3gb and it worked I was able to SLI the two cards where before I did the registry adjustment I wasn't able to.
  12. I was able toc get 3 680's but now im thinking it might be to much for my comp. is 3 oc 680's to much for my current configuration and if so what would i need to upgrade? Thanks again guys for the help!

    Ps. I just started reading about the 690 now and i know this is a stupid question but if i just put one 680 into my comp and waited for the 690 could i sli the 680 and the 690 together, i dont think so but i cant find my asnwer and its a really nice thought lol.
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    Well technicly that would be a three way SLI and you should be able to do that , but I thought you said you have three 680's? As far as bottleneck goes your biggest concern will be the cpu and with three 680's I would want to be using a 3960x or a 3930k on a X79 motherboard. You will also need a 1200w psu.

    http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index.html
  14. Were you talking about the one 680 and one 690 would technic be 3 way sli? And yes i did get 3 680's but after readin about the 690 i didn't know what i should do and i can always return the extra 680's and/or put them up on ebay. Thats why i was asking what what would work. Also i tried to use your link but they didnt have the 680 card on the selection list so i got one more question for ya if you dont mind my stupidity. If i just end up putting 2 680's in instead of three would i still need to upgrade my motherboard and power supply? After reading about the 690 im thinking of just throwing in 2 680's returning the third and waiting for the 690 then get 2 690's and upgrade my motherboard and power and just sell the 680's to a friend or family if i can put 2 680's in my current comp without having to upgrade anything else for the time being. Even if you dont have time to get to me on this one inzone thanks for all your help thus far its been appreciated.
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  16. I really don't see the benefit of getting two 690's , I do think that the ultimate setup would be the three 680's in three way SLI. Two 680's will give better performance than one 690. I had the same options as you do now and I opted for the three 580's and I have all the performance that I need. So with three 680's you will get top performance and more fps than you will know what to do with. Two 680's would also be a good choice and you wouldn't have to upgrade anything.
    The cpu that you have is an Extreme Edition cpu and those are very good , your power supply is 1000w and with three 680's you might be ok but I would do the power calculator on Newegg's site just to make sure. Your ram is defenitly ok weith 12gb. I would be looking at an upgrade soon to take advantage of the Pci-e 3.0 that the 680 supports , you will need a motherboard and cpu that supports Pci-e 3.0 also.
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