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November 21, 2012 4:21:57 PM

Sup guys. As the title suggests, I'm looking for the best GTX 680 that is under $500 and works with 550W power supply. I've been thinking of getting the Gigabyte WindForce 2GB ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) since the benchmarks here seem to take it in great favor. I'm not going to SLI or overclock right now, but in the future I might. What do you guys think?

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November 21, 2012 4:30:37 PM

As much as I love the 680, you have to get a 670.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A 670 Gigabyte with triple fans so it runs cool and quiet. And at an astounding $330 dollars.

95% of the performance at 70% of the price. You cannot beat it. You can SLI these babies and for about $100 above your budget, you get nearly twice the graphics horsepower.
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November 21, 2012 4:32:30 PM

The 670 is a much better value. That's what I would go for.
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November 21, 2012 4:34:24 PM

babernet_1 said:
As much as I love the 680, you have to get a 670.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A 670 Gigabyte with triple fans so it runs cool and quiet. And at an astounding $330 dollars.

95% of the performance at 70% of the price. You cannot beat it. You can SLI these babies and for about $100 above your budget, you get nearly twice the graphics horsepower.

How does it fare with games like Battlefield 3, Metro 2033 and The Witcher 2 (ubersampling included)? Can it max them with 30+ fps?
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November 21, 2012 4:37:59 PM

Unless you're hard over on nVidia, the 7970s are a little more than a 670 and come with Assassin's Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and 20% off MOH: Warfighter.

If I was buying today, that would be my pick (not that I don't love my current card!).

Edit: BF3 runs close to 60 with dips to around 50 on ultra 1080.
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November 21, 2012 4:45:23 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Unless you're hard over on nVidia, the 7970s are a little more than a 670 and come with Assassin's Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and 20% off MOH: Warfighter.

If I was buying today, that would be my pick (not that I don't love my current card!).

Edit: BF3 runs close to 60 with dips to around 50 on ultra 1080.

Ehh, none of those games really appeal to me. But a free Borderlands 2? Heck yes. Anyway, can you point me to a good 680 that's < $500 or a 670 that's just as viable, or are you more experienced with AMD?
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November 21, 2012 5:03:31 PM

witcher 2 uber sampling you wont turn on with any card even a 690 takes a huge hit I went with the 670 and it will get around 30 or so with sampling on but looks no different and plays like crap compared to the 50-60 fps with it off, I was going to get a 680 but the 670 was just too close to pay 100 bucks for couple of frames, 7970 is great card too don't rule that out. I have 670 evga ftw which I love but look at the gigabyte GTX 670 someone said earlier as well
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November 21, 2012 5:04:14 PM

klinkklink said:
How does it fare with games like Battlefield 3, Metro 2033 and The Witcher 2 (ubersampling included)? Can it max them with 30+ fps?


??? Metro 2033 brings quad 680's to their knees. I saw a demo that dipped to the 30's with four 680's. So, no you aren't going to be able to max out metro 2033 with less than about $3,000 worth of computer.
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November 21, 2012 5:19:04 PM

babernet_1 said:
??? Metro 2033 brings quad 680's to their knees. I saw a demo that dipped to the 30's with four 680's. So, no you aren't going to be able to max out metro 2033 with less than about $3,000 worth of computer.

the Tom's Hardware benchmarks say otherwise, though. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/04-Me...
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November 21, 2012 5:26:09 PM

670 is better big for buck ==> MSI 670 PE
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November 21, 2012 5:31:52 PM

klinkklink said:
the Tom's Hardware benchmarks say otherwise, though. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/04-Me...


Not necessarily, I said it dipped, that is, the frame rate momentarily dropped to the 30's for a split second, the average frame rate was much faster.
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November 21, 2012 11:33:36 PM

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