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Dual GTX 660s or Single GTX 680

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September 13, 2012 11:27:54 AM

This question has been bugging me for a long time.
I've been given the option to either get Dual 1.5gb GTX 660s (NOT TI) or a single 2gb GTX 680.
I enjoy playing games like BF3 on the maximum possible settings and recording, and I'd just like to know which of these would do the job better.
September 13, 2012 1:05:40 PM

Single 680. Maxes everything easily, and the 660 is overpriced for what it is & with SLI you get more headaches like microstutter/driver issues/etc.
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September 13, 2012 1:11:35 PM

The single 680 is a far better choice. Less headaches is always a good thing.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 1:12:55 PM

BigMack70 said:
Single 680. Maxes everything easily, and the 660 is overpriced for what it is & with SLI you get more headaches like microstutter/driver issues/etc.
hey bud your help is needed here someone is thinking of buying your card i need help because i know very little about it other than what reviews claim http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/369901-33-7970-lightn...
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September 13, 2012 1:13:25 PM

Single 680 more power and you can get a second 680 down the road if you want vs dual 660's now and if you want more power you have to get rid of both cards.
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September 13, 2012 1:19:26 PM

680 all the way, but the best buy is an 670, it has the best value and you will max everything on BF3 on 1080p
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September 13, 2012 1:22:44 PM

Get GTX 680 ASUS DCU II TOP for its high factory overclock, improved cooler,heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better Chil controller , specially binned chip and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards. It looks aggressive to me and indeed is quite a monster!Once you own it you realize :o 

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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 1:23:42 PM

660 is a good card. Sadly the 192bit memory controller bottlenecks high resolution (and this is the target, since you getting two of them).

I shall recommend the GTX 680.
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September 13, 2012 1:24:23 PM

the general rule is to go for the best *single* card solution you can afford, and if more power is needed then you can just buy another card. going sli from the the get-go limits further upgrade choices down the road and issues such as the aforementioned micro-stutter and driver issues are inherent with sli set-ups.

so in this case, the 680. but the best buy is 670.
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September 13, 2012 1:29:34 PM

bennaye said:
the general rule is to go for the best *single* card solution you can afford, and if more power is needed then you can just buy another card. going sli from the the get-go limits further upgrade choices down the road and issues such as the aforementioned micro-stutter and driver issues are inherent with sli set-ups.

so in this case, the 680. but the best buy is 670.


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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 1:45:22 PM

Single 680
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September 13, 2012 2:10:10 PM

Sorry, I'm not very tech savvy so some of these posts seem to be in a foreign language.
But from reading these posts I've gotten the main idea which is that the single 680 is far better and dual 660s are just overpriced.

Now, my question changes a bit:
With the GTX 680, what fps would be expected on the maximum possible settings for BF3?
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September 13, 2012 2:33:49 PM

1920 x 1200 this is all i found with quick search

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September 13, 2012 2:54:50 PM

Buy a 680. Down the road and you need more power? By another 680 or if by that time the 780 comes out, sell your 680 and use that money towards the 780.
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September 13, 2012 3:38:01 PM

1x GTX 680
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 3:54:25 PM

Single 680, but I would get a Single 670 since it is only between 5-8% slower for $100 less, buy a good factory OC model like Gigabyte OC/MSI PE and you will be really happy with it.
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