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September 15, 2012 4:33:53 PM

hey, i have a 560ti 1gb and am currently upgrading my system :bounce:  . as it looks now it is

intel core i7 3770k

rog rampage 5 extreme

msi twinfrozer gtx 560ti 1gb

8gb 1600mhz ripjaws ram

cooler master haf x case

h 100 liquid cpu cooler.

so the question is should i hold on to my 560ti and get one more or should i get 680.

if i get 680 can i still use my 560ti and if yes for what? :) 

More about : 560 1gb sli 680

September 15, 2012 4:45:46 PM

ty for fast response :)  would 680 also suffer from microstutter when sli'ed :) ? and would 680 support 4 way sli :) 
a c 546 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 4:49:03 PM

You can use the GeForce GTX 560 Ti as a dedicated PhysX processor for the very few games that use it.
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 4:55:57 PM

ko888 said:
You can use the GeForce GTX 560 Ti as a dedicated PhysX processor for the very few games that use it.


I agree you should keep 560Ti just for this. But are u sure that an HD 7970 wont cover u? The difference in performance is small compaired with the huge gap in price:

HD 7970 $400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 680 $500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: A benchmark to support my post:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

September 15, 2012 5:13:25 PM

i thank you very much for your reply, i am though a huge nvidia fanboy and have no experience with ati cards, ty for your input though :) 
September 15, 2012 5:16:37 PM

do 680 suport 3 way sli, and can i use 680 3 way sli with 560ti as physx :)  and how do i configure my 560ti to physx :)  btw thank you all for the fast responses :) 
a c 271 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 5:26:43 PM

nagelluffe said:
ty for fast response :)  would 680 also suffer from microstutter when sli'ed :) ? and would 680 support 4 way sli :) 


nagelluffe said:
do 680 suport 3 way sli, and can i use 680 3 way sli with 560ti as physx :)  and how do i configure my 560ti to physx :)  btw thank you all for the fast responses :) 

I've never had microstutter on any of my SLi rigs and the 680 can only do 3 way SLi.
September 15, 2012 5:32:31 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I've never had microstutter on any of my SLi rigs and the 680 can only do 3 way SLi.

ty but can i use 680 3 way sli with 560ti as physx ? :) 
a c 271 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 5:38:43 PM

nagelluffe said:
ty but can i use 680 3 way sli with 560ti as physx ? :) 

Sure, it would most likely be pointless though as not only are the 680's more than enough on their own but the fourth slot is probably going to be running at x4 or less.
September 15, 2012 6:04:48 PM

thank you very much :) 
September 15, 2012 6:07:53 PM

thanks all
a c 546 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 6:12:30 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I've never had microstutter on any of my SLi rigs and the 680 can only do 3 way SLi.

If the 680 can only do 3-way SLI does that mean this nVidia GeForce GTX 680 Quad-SLI review wasn't possible?
September 15, 2012 6:18:42 PM

U mean Quad sli or quad GPU.


I think #1 Will go better with a 670
September 15, 2012 6:28:13 PM

3way , okei then
a c 271 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 6:32:15 PM

markaflias said:
3way , okei then

I would always take the manufactures specs over a website review, just sticking four cards into slots and shoving a four way bridge on them does not mean that they are going to be running in 4 way SLi.
a c 155 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 6:41:30 PM

GTX680 owner:

I've tested many, many games and I can tell you that a single GTX680 can handle most of them at 100% quality (single 1920x1080 monitor) and the rest at almost full quality.

The main exception is PhysX which can be very demanding. As mentioned, I strongly recommend you try the GTX560Ti as a dedicated PhysX card, though you should test for EACH PHYSX GAME. Just run FRAPS during a game and make sure you can maintain 60FPS with everything at FULL, or almost full with PhysX enabled.

You can expect something like this:
1) Diablo 3 - full settings even on the GTX560Ti

2) BF3 - almost full settings on the GTX680 (just tweak to maintain 60FPS)

3) Metro 2033 - an exception. still demanding with a GTX680

4) Batman Arkham Asylum
- turn off DX11 due to severe stuttering.
- GTX560Ti for PhysX should be fine (PhysX causes some stutter with only GTX680).

5) Crysis 1 - GTX680 only for almost full quality (minor tweaking)

6) Crysis 2 - GTX680 only for almost full quality with HD texture pack

7) Skyrim - GTX680 only for full quality with HD texture pack

8) Alice Madness Returns
- GTX680 for full quality without PhysX
- experiment with GTX560Ti for PhysX
- native 30FPS, but Google for enabling 60FPS
*surprisingly good game if your system handles it

9) Assassins Creed series - GTX680 for full quality in all

10) Grand Theft Auto IV - an exception. still can't maintain solid frame rate with even GTX680

11) Shogun Total War 2 - runs and looks great on single GTX680 but tweak for solid frame rate

12) Mass Effect series
- all on highest settings with single GTX680
- *force SUPERSAMPLING AA for ME1 and 2
- *read up on tweaking of ME3

12) Witcher 1 - highest settings (force VSYNC in NVidia Control Panel)

13) Witcher 2 - almost highest settings on single GTX680

14) MOST OTHER GAMES 100% quality on single GTX680

SUMMARY:
- most games at or near 100% quality on single GTX680
- 2x or 3x SLI is overkill and just adds noise, heat, and microstutter
- GTX560Ti as dedicated PhysX card but EXPERIMENT.
- *take the money earmarked for extra graphics and task to better sound if you don't have it (I love my Auzentech Forte X-FI sound card, and M-Audio AV40 stereo speakers).
September 15, 2012 6:42:36 PM

Your gonna want to drop the 560 if its 1 gb but perhaps instead of a 680 look into getting an older 590 on ebay or something. It also depends on why you would want to do 4-way sli. If you have a monitor that is 1080 or less you are just wasting a lot of performance.
If you plan on doing 3d, just stay with nvidia hands down 7 time out of 10.
And if you do 3-way or more sli the micro stutter does go away and AMD scales better with its crossfire as you add more cards. The downside is few games actually are even coded to let you use more than one or two cards. Also if you like to use v-sync, find the card that averages or gets a minimum of your screens refresh rate with your resolution. Reason being is that if your getting more frames than your display can show you wont even see the performance in a meaningful way.
a c 155 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 6:52:25 PM

update:
Borderlands 2 is very, very heavy on PhysX. You'll likely need a GTX680 + GTX560Ti to get much benefit of the PhysX (just GTX680 will likely be too low of frame rate).

There are quite a few games that use PhysX so it's worth going NVidia when you have the GTX560Ti already to investigate.

Which GTX680? (if you get this card)
Absolutely spend a tiny extra and get a good card with after-market cooling. If you can handle three slots the very best card IMO is the one I have:

REVIEW: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

http://ca.asus.com/en/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX6...

Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*note the limited time offer Borderlands 2 ($60) for free

*Note the model number. There is a reference Asus card which looks different and one without the "T" which is almost, but not quite as good (the above model has a GPU tested to handle the oveclocking.)

If you don't want a 3-slot there are a few good 2-slot models. MSI has a good one but the above Asus is the fastest and quietest model available.
September 16, 2012 3:11:44 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This is definitely the 680 to get if you choose to go that way. It is the one I have for now.
A 670 is much more bang for your buck especially if you were to do SLI.
The 600 series has less microstuttering than the 500 series.
If you were to do 2x or 3x SLI with 680s or 670s I would personally recommend to just get a 690. 690s are very very close in performance when compared to 2x680s. With the added benefit of less Power consumption, heat, and less microstuttering. And it takes up less slots and room and if you decide to watercool it'll save you the cost of a waterblock.
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