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GTX 670 SLI or Single GTX 680?

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June 11, 2012 4:05:23 AM

Give me your feedback on my two choices I have right now, from what I've researched:

1) Buy an EVGA GTX 670 FTW or the new MSI GTX 670 Power Edition and some more Ram (16GB DDR3 1600mhz) and get another one to SLI in a couple weeks or so.

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2) Buy the new MSI GTX 680 Lightning or EVGA Classified GTX 680 coming out soon.


So basically either 2x GTX 670 SLI or a single GPU solution GTX 680 for now, I mean I am playing at 1920x1080p (full 1080p) on a single 24'' ASUS LED monitor. I want a big upgrade so I won't need to upgrade for awhile. Thanks!
a c 598 U Graphics card
June 11, 2012 4:08:25 AM

The 670's are so close in performance to a 680 that the extra cost doesn't seem fully justified.
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June 11, 2012 4:08:38 AM

Go for the GTX 680. By the time games over-tax that card, a 2nd GTX 680 should be dirt cheap.
But be sure you have enough power supply. http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
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June 11, 2012 4:13:20 AM

I have a Corsair TX 750W 80 plus bronze certified Power Supply. More then enough correct? yeah, I kind of just want a really good single gpu solution. When and if I need to upgrade my power supply for another 680 or if I sell my 680 for a better card later down the road it just makes sense.
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June 11, 2012 4:15:53 AM

I know they are close in performance but like the new EVGA Classified GTX 680 will be a huge OC and performance boost will be much more and newer drivers coming out will boost performance gains and separate them more anyway. I am looking at the new MSI Lightning GTX 680 or Classified EVGA GTX 680.
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June 11, 2012 4:19:49 AM

mf2385 said:
I have a Corsair TX 750W 80 plus bronze certified Power Supply. More then enough correct? yeah, I kind of just want a really good single gpu solution. When and if I need to upgrade my power supply for another 680 or if I sell my 680 for a better card later down the road it just makes sense.

Enough for a single GTX 680: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
The GTX 680 draws 17.4amps at max load. (209W/+12V) Be sure your +12V rail(s) has more than that available. The rest of the system also needs current from that rail(s). A pair of cards will require twice that.
http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264
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June 11, 2012 4:21:34 AM

It is good for a single gtx like the classified gtx 680 I want right? or the msi lightning gtx 680?
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June 11, 2012 4:27:16 AM

I vote for the single card solution. However I never seem to be satisfied with my computers performance so I plan on selling my current 680 and getting the asus top or another similar aftermarket card. It's tempting for me to get the 670s because of the performance, it's just not worth the trouble of SLI IMO.
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June 11, 2012 4:35:38 AM

monkeymonk said:
I vote for the single card solution. However I never seem to be satisfied with my computers performance so I plan on selling my current 680 and getting the asus top or another similar aftermarket card. It's tempting for me to get the 670s because of the performance, it's just not worth the trouble of SLI IMO.

If you haven't used SLI for awhile, you will be pleasantly surprised. The drivers are very mature now and work smoothly. My 2 x 570s show no micro-stutter and perform beautifully. from my limited testing, I estimate I am getting about 80% improvement over a single 570.
...But you need to keep your system clean.
http://www.piriform.com/
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June 11, 2012 4:44:20 AM

clutchc said:
If you haven't used SLI for awhile, you will be pleasantly surprised. The drivers are very mature now and work smoothly. My 2 x 570s show no micro-stutter and perform beautifully. from my limited testing, I estimate I am getting about 80% improvement over a single 570.
...But you need to keep your system clean.
http://www.piriform.com/

I've never tried it because I'm afraid of spending 800 bucks and still getting even a little bit of micro stuttering. It kinda defeats the purpose of having smooth fps. What does that program have to do with SLI?
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June 11, 2012 4:44:35 AM

True, but I don't know if I want to go withe SLI route, never have done a Crossfire or SLI setup before, in the past I've used smaller monitors so I haven't had to really get an amazing card because of the resolution I was playing at but now for once I am at 1920x1080p LED 24'' and I am upgrading from an HD 6870 and I want a good solution and real good card setup. I hear what you're saying about the maturity and progression of SLI/Xfire but the single gpu solution is the best I think.
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June 11, 2012 4:55:46 AM

monkeymonk said:
I've never tried it because I'm afraid of spending 800 bucks and still getting even a little bit of micro stuttering. It kinda defeats the purpose of having smooth fps. What does that program have to do with SLI?

A lot of graphical issues and slowdowns can be traced to resource wasting crap, old driver remnants, and registry errors. CCleaner will keep you system clean by simply running it once in a while. I also like to run Driver Sweeper from Safe Mode before installing a new graphics driver. Although that's not as necessary anymore with Nvidia's driver installation program.
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June 11, 2012 4:58:21 AM

Yeah, I have CCleaner and I know to uninstall drivers and everything, reboot and never had any problems. I just don't know which to do honestly since I have the money and a good setup now and I just need a good video card setup.
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September 12, 2012 12:22:29 AM

i have 2x670s in sli and i have yet to see any micro stutting the cards i use are ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 2GB and perform great on all game i play
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September 12, 2012 2:25:54 AM

The price difference in the 680 again doesn't justify it for me either. Single monitor, 1080p. 670 will serve you just fine for awhile.
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September 12, 2012 3:46:57 AM

The only dual card setup I ever experienced micro-stutter on was 2 HD 6850s in CF @ x8 x8. My present setup is smooth.
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