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Which graphics card would you get?

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November 18, 2012 4:48:18 PM

So I can either get 2 GTX 660 (EVGA Superclocked) and SLI them, 2 GTX 660 Ti (possibly EVGA overclocked, but I'm not sure about this one because of the 192 bit memory bus, I heard it makes this card weak) and SLI those as well, or I could get 1 AMD 7970. Something like that. I just want the best set up I can get for under $450-$500 range. Suggestions are welcome!

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a c 107 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 4:56:28 PM

and where does a single 670 and 680 fit in the budget ?
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November 18, 2012 5:04:44 PM

swifty_morgan said:
and where does a single 670 and 680 fit in the budget ?


I can get a 4GB 670 EVGA or a 2GB 680 EVGA. I just don't feel like 2GB is enough since games are starting to approach that limit.
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a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 5:13:17 PM

How much memory would the 660 or 660TIi you would be using for SLI have?
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a c 186 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 5:17:06 PM

2gb or 3gb there are different versions. The Bottom Line

The real reason that the voices of the internet should be cheering should be for the falling prices that have been happening across enthusiast class video cards over the course of the past few months thanks to healthy competition between AMD and NVIDIA. From our perspective, the overall game play experience has improved slightly from older drivers for the cards from both the Red and Green teams, however we would not say that the performance differences have been earth shattering from the perspective of overall game play performance.

The most interesting stand out from this evaluation has been the NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti, which is priced significantly higher than the Radeon HD 7870 while turning in similar performance numbers. The GTX 660 Ti has lost its value at this point in time, lending way to the Radeon HD 7950 which has benefited from falling prices and new drivers.

If you are in the video card market today, the current offerings tend to scale very well with price and you will receive a higher level of performance for your incremental dollar spent. Source : http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu...
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a c 107 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 5:17:31 PM

2- 2gig cards in sli only have 2gigs of vram not 4. it doesn't work that way. How many monitors are you using and what resolution ?

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November 18, 2012 5:19:30 PM

1080p and just one, maybe two in the future. But all the games I am running currently are starting to go slow because of graphics mods I have on them (HD texture pack, ENBs, etc)
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a c 186 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 5:19:37 PM

swifty_morgan said:
2- 2gig cards in sli only have 2gigs of vram not 4. it doesn't work that way. How many monitors are you using and what resolution ?
+1 and 3gb version have 3gb in sli
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November 18, 2012 5:36:59 PM

I got a 680 and that is what I recommend for any hardcore gaming at 1200 or 1080p. It can max out anything with the exception of Metro 2033 (no DOF, knock it down to High as Very High drops below 40 too often) and Arma (notch down a few settings). Everything else it has no trouble ripping through.
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a c 107 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 6:17:35 PM

I'd say a 670 or 680. option is yours. But I would not sli 2 lesser cards.
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a c 186 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 6:18:24 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I'd say a 670 or 680. option is yours. But I would not sli 2 lesser cards.
+1
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a c 107 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 6:43:05 PM

to NV88.......... did you ever try a 640 to use as a physx card ? they make a decent single slot 640. that should help alleviate the Metro thing.
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a c 186 U Graphics card
November 18, 2012 7:34:35 PM

MSI 670 PE in action.It's a beast! 1318 Mhz let me see 7950/7970 do that.

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November 18, 2012 10:24:37 PM

swifty_morgan said:
to NV88.......... did you ever try a 640 to use as a physx card ? they make a decent single slot 640. that should help alleviate the Metro thing.


PhysX and tessellation is enabled, DOF disabled, High with 4xMSAA and 16x AF = 70 average, standard dips to 40-50 with a lot of fog and action on screen for a few seconds as you'd expect.

PhysX and tessellation is enabled, DOF disabled, Very High with 4xMSAA and 16x AF = 45 average, frequent dips to 30+, unacceptable to me. You can feel the lag.

Brutal game, you need a lot of grunt, High is an acceptable compromise.

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