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Gtx 680, is it worth it?

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April 29, 2012 2:56:06 PM


Thought i'd ask for your expert opinion.

Is it worth buying a gtx 680?

Please explain why it is, or why it isnt.


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April 29, 2012 3:12:19 PM

It all depends on your budget. If you have the money to put on it, it's definitely worth it. It's a monster and will play everything maxed out at 1080p very well. If it's way over your budget and you were considering making sacrifices just to get it, then no I don't think it is. Go for something like 7870 which is an amazing GPU value right now.
a c 143 U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:14:35 PM

What's your total system specs? What's your monitor resolution? What do you need the GTX 680 for?
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April 29, 2012 3:17:13 PM

My specs:

Motherboard: ASUS P6T SE X58 S-1366 ATX
Memmory: CORSAIR 6GB DDR3 XMS3 INTEL I7 9XX PC12800 1600MHZ CL9 (3X2GB)
Cpu: INTEL CORE I7 950 3.06GHZ 8MB S-1366
April 29, 2012 3:17:58 PM

Forgot my monitor.

I have a 1920x1080 120hz monitor.
a c 143 U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:27:16 PM

Ok, if you're a hardcore gamer the GTX 680 is the best choice to go with as it's the strongest single GPU out there, followed by HD 7970 if you wanna experience a little difference of FPS in gaming.

Right now the best bang for buck is the HD 7970, you can't get a GTX 680 for $500 and the difference between the 2 cards is 7% @ stock speed, 2 % if you're going to OC the HD 7970.

EDIT: For some games it will be an overkill for that resolution, for some titles like Metro 2033 & Batman AC it's just a strong card can cope up with the demanding games. Something like GTX 580 or HD 7950 play all the games at that resolution very well.
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:29:26 PM

If you can get a 580 for its retail price then it is worth the price, but if you can't find it at the $500 retail price it isn't worth it. Most of the cards are overpriced by $100+ and I don't believe it is worth that much more than a 7970. The 7970 is what I would get and the just overclock the card so that it performs closer to the 680.
April 29, 2012 3:31:06 PM

Thank you very informative answer ilysaml.

I am a hardcore gamer, i love playing games on the PC and i get cranky if the fps is too low.

But what i was thinking was.
4 years ago, what was the top of the line card then? What was the nvidia card 4 years ago that had the same prize tag as the 680 have today?

And how well does that card do today?
a c 143 U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:38:40 PM

The 8800 GTS was the most famous GPU from nVidia as i remember, then the 9800 GX2 landed and it was the first dual GPU in one PCB card was around $700 and it's performance was marvelous but its' not compared to today's games demands and technologies... but it's still a good value for mid range games.

The GTX 690 was introduced yesterday and no one knows what will be revealed the next year or the next months!!
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:43:50 PM

If I remember correctly the 9800 GX2 had two PCBs, one on the top and the bottom :p 

Anyways, if you only care about a good video card, go with the 7970 as it is cheaper, if you <3 Nvidia, then go for the 680.
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:46:31 PM

Defintiely worth it, I posted a pic of my rig on this forum. Anyway I am debating going SLIor not , I got another 680 on the way. Wow $1200 on gpu's I must be nuts!
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:46:49 PM

Yes it did have two boards one on top of another.

Secondly the 7970 is by no means a bad card it is just slightly worse than the 680 but I can't see the extra cost of the 680 being worth it. Newegg currently has a great deal on a 7970 for $460 (before rebate).
a c 143 U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 3:49:03 PM

andrewcarr said:
Yes it did have two boards one on top of another.

It was the GeForce 7950 GX2 (2 PCBs) not the 9800 GX2.
a c 143 U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 4:03:56 PM

Oh yes I see now, thx for the info.