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EVGA GTX 580 to ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU ii TOP - Worth The Upgrade?

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November 14, 2012 7:12:24 PM

hi, i currently have an Intel 2700k processor on a ASUS P8P67 PRO motherboard. i am running a GTX 580 currently.
I wanted to know if it was worth the upgrade to the ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU ii TOP and if my mobo could support it.

Any Help is Greatly Appreciated
Thanks in Advance
November 14, 2012 7:20:37 PM

I'd hold out for the refresh of the Kepler family next year. That card is still great and there are no games yet that really NEED a faster card. And yes your mobo would support a GTX 680.
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November 14, 2012 7:20:45 PM

Your motherboard will support the 680, but as you said, it may not be worth the upgrade. The 580 is still a fast card. Are you having trouble playing games now? If so, I say upgrade. If not, wait until the next round of cards.
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November 14, 2012 7:22:12 PM

if your mobo can support your 580 then it can work with a 680, and i dont think the 680 is worth the money over the 670, and also this late in the product cycle i would wait till jan-march for the new amd cards or wait till next may or june for new nvidia cards to come out
November 14, 2012 7:24:33 PM

Yes, your mobo supports support the upgrade.

The GPU is 30% faster, so it might be worth the upgrade. I don't think you'll have problems with any game on any resolution with a GTX580, so that's your call, if you game on multi-monitor setups or in 3D/3D surround.

I myself have a GTX560 Ti, which tears through every game on max settings, though I'm getting a bit limited by the 1 GB buffer.

You should be ok with 1.5 GB and up.
November 14, 2012 7:29:45 PM

Also, you could opt for a GTX670, as @computernoob29 said. GTX680 performance, for less money. Or you could go for a HD 7970 GHz Edition, should be cheaper or the same prices as a GTX680 and a way better peformer at stock clocks. With OC it ripes right through it.
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November 14, 2012 7:30:58 PM

even though your motherboard will support the 680 i personally see not reason to upgrade. and looking at the rumor mill you would be better off waiting fo the 780 in 3 or so months:
New NVIDIA Roadmap Reveals Maxwell Coming in 2014, GeForce GTX 780 Details
These specs suggest that the memory bandwidth would increase from 192 GB/s to 312 GB/s (that’s 62% increase). The texture fill-rate would be around 170.6 GT/s (32% increase) and pixel fill-rate 52.8 GP/s (64% increase)

granted the "specs" are not set in stone.