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October 4, 2012 12:42:54 PM

I am looking at buying a single GTX 690 for my new Rig..

Does anyone have any experience with this card or would it be better to just get 2 GTX 680's or 2 7970 GHZ?

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October 4, 2012 12:48:09 PM

What are you wanting to do with it (what games / what resolution / etc)?

I don't see any reason to go with 2 680s over a 690... the performance increase is miniscule but the increase to noise levels and heat will be substantial.

No way to say if the 7970s would be better without knowing what you're wanting to do with your rig.
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October 4, 2012 12:55:42 PM

I'd go dual 670 over a 690. Power consumption and heat generation is similar as is performance, but the 670s have better temps unless you put the top card immediately above the bottom card so that its cooler has no *breathing* room and the 670s can be far cheaper.

Two 7970/7970 GHz Edition cards would probably be at least a little better in gaming, but that's not a guarantee because you didn't specify the rest of your specs and what games you'll be playing at what resolution and settings. Whether or not it'd be worth the higher power consumption and heat generation is up to you.
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October 4, 2012 1:16:11 PM

My system specs are...

3930k
ASUS Rampage IV extreme X79
64 gigs of ram

Power is from a CoolerMaster 1200watt power supply

The system is housed in a Cosmos II case.

Basically its a gaming rig with options for doing for doing Virtual's.

I am using 3 27" ASUS monitors.

Basically wanting to purchase the best for the rig.

I like to do multiple screens for gaming.
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October 4, 2012 1:19:54 PM

Woah there, no matter what you do, that PSU should be replaced too. It's way too high wattage for a 690 or dual 670s or eve ntwo 7970 GHz Editions with those other components that you've listed. Going way overkill on a PSU is almost as bad as not getting a good enough PSU. Cooler Master is also not a particularly reliable brand for PSUs either.
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October 4, 2012 1:20:27 PM

For triple screen gaming I'd probably recommend 7970 GHz edition cards.
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October 4, 2012 1:22:22 PM

luciferano said:
Going way overkill on a PSU is almost as bad as not getting a good enough PSU.


Actually it's not. Your PSU is most efficient around 50% load, so it can be a very good thing to have overkill on your PSU. A dual 7970 rig will pull 600-700W of power easily, which is perfect for ideal efficiency + not stressing the PSU too much.
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October 4, 2012 1:35:04 PM

BigMack70 said:
Actually it's not. Your PSU is most efficient around 50% load, so it can be a very good thing to have overkill on your PSU. A dual 7970 rig will pull 600-700W of power easily, which is perfect for ideal efficiency + not stressing the PSU too much.


This system could easily pull around 450-500W in gaming with the 690 and two 670s and maybe around 600-650W with two 7970s. For the Nvidia setup, this PSU could easily be left at around 30-35% load and the 7970 setup probably won't break about 40-45% unless you run stress testing, so it can be argued in favor of there, but that PSU is still overkill for a Nvidia setup such as these. I wouldn't even go that high for two 7970 GHz Editions, I'd get something more like a 1KW from a superior company such as Seasonic.
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October 4, 2012 1:54:43 PM

Actually the CoolerMaster power supply in question is the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has a very good feed back and is a very solid power supply.

Anyways decided I would go with EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB in SLI configuration to see how it goes.


Thanks all for the suggestions.
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October 4, 2012 1:56:39 PM

spookyman said:
Actually the CoolerMaster power supply in question is the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has a very good feed back and is a very solid power supply.

Anyways decided I would go with EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB in SLI configuration to see how it goes.


Thanks all for the suggestions.

for 3 monitors HD 7970s are highly Recommend :) 
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October 4, 2012 2:09:11 PM

spookyman said:
Actually the CoolerMaster power supply in question is the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has a very good feed back and is a very solid power supply.

Anyways decided I would go with EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB in SLI configuration to see how it goes.


Thanks all for the suggestions.


Newegg reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, but I'll stop arguing about the PSU.

Like gamerkila57 said, the 7970s generally win against the 670s and 680s in high resolutions such as triple 1080p, not to say that you won't be happy with your purchase.
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October 4, 2012 3:08:09 PM

Well BigMack70 2x MSI 7970 Lightning in CF-X i have two 670 in SLI i am alright with mine but i don't game on three monitors
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October 5, 2012 6:34:59 PM

Best answer selected by spookyman.
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