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Anonymous
December 2, 2012 9:51:42 PM

Hi, Im really new to the Toms Hardware and computer hardware in general. So i had some questions.

I'm thinking of getting x2 Gigabyte Gtx 680 4gb, My question is can i sli 4gb video cards?

Second if i can sli them how high can i OC them?

And last question will my i5-3570k bottleneck them?

Thanks in advance and sorry if these are total newbie questions.

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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 10:19:58 PM

Yes, you can SLI those cards.

It will only bottleneck when doing something like a 64player BF3.

Unless you have a triple display setup, I'd not recommend 4GB.
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 11:40:19 PM

You can SLI them easily, however the aftermarket cooler you get will determine the max OC. The i5 is as good as it gets realistically.

A very important question is how many screens and what resolution you are running. You may be better off with 7970s or 670s
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 12:44:04 AM

1 screen
1920 by 1200 i think.
Now i know normally 1 680 at this res would be overkill nevermind sli. however want to mod skyrim graphically to the point where you couldnt tell the diffrence between it a picture of real life. I suppose you could achieve this with sli 670's but would i still get good fps 40-60 even in graphically intense moments?
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 1:19:57 AM

1 GTX 680 4GB will be plenty enough. SLI doesn't benefit in Skyrim. I'm sure others have a different view but i tried 560 ti's on SLI once with Skyrim and 1 670 scales better.. so your better off with a single GTX 680 4GB and you'd still get good fps.. i have 3-4 differerent texture packs and the game on ultra high settings and with 1 670 i get 40-60 fps.. which is why i'm stepping up to a 680 2GB SC Signature + (with backplate)
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 2:12:48 AM

Honestly, for 1 monitor, a single 670 will be plenty for Skyrim.
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 2:51:37 AM

Jay-Z said:
Honestly, for 1 monitor, a single 670 will be plenty for Skyrim.

4GB ftw!!!
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 3:36:13 AM

Alright i think i'll go with 1 gtx 680 4gb.
Now how high can i OC this thing?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 3:40:31 AM

Yeah it all depends on if the OP intends to 3D game or run more then one monitor in future but he would need sli 670 if he wants to stay at min 60+fps in games like 64 maps bf3 1. Crysis 2, and Crysis Warhead
2. Metro 2033
3. ARMA II.
4. GTA4
5. witcher+ubersampling
6.skyrim+8xSS + mods
7. Alien VS Predator
8.BATMAN ARKHAM CITY +PHYSX
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 3:43:05 AM

So would you think i should go for the Sli gtx 680's 4gb? I want to be able to max out all or most games and be able to do my heavily graphically modded skyrim.

Edit* Or do you really think Sli gtx 670's would be enough?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 3:45:27 AM

I know 670 SLI would be because that is what i have lol
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 3:50:34 AM

What is your system specs please list them
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 3:55:03 AM

Im currently picking out parts actually but what i have so far.

Case: HAF X
CPU: i5 3570k
GPU: ?
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 LGA 1155
And i'm picking out other things such as hard drive, cpu cooling etc as i post this.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 3:57:56 AM
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 4:00:27 AM

Best answer selected by drknyght.
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 4:00:44 AM

Alright thanks, Im going to go with sli gtx 670 and nothing is going to change my mind.
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 4:15:10 AM

Yeah since i will proably OC the gpu. I think i'll go with the ASUS 670's.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 4:17:20 AM

Good choice that is what i would pick. I was just trying not to be bias and give you another option lol.
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 4:32:49 AM

Ahhh... Also i just finished picking out all the parts.

Case: Haf X
Cpu: i5 3570k
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB
GPU: Sli gtx 670 4GB
Thermal Paste: Artic Silver 5
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB (Rather have too much ram then not enough)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77
Power Supply: Athena Power 1100W
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
OS: Windows 7 Home premium

So thats what i'll be ordering.
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December 3, 2012 4:35:21 AM

The 4gb is useless for gaming on 1 monitor man, save yourself some money and go with the 2gb version of the card
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 4:37:10 AM

Eh, I'm still going with the 4GB.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:01:00 AM

Those cards need to breath you cannot have them sandwich up on one another Artic Silver 5 is conductive be careful i personally prefer Arctic Cooling MX4 but to each his/her own i suggest you get the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and the power supply is overkill and i never heard of it before get a seasonic power supply nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...





All points out to 750W/850W being more than enough.
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:02:31 AM

Anonymous said:
Eh, I'm still going with the 4GB.


Okay, I give up. Why are you buying 4GB? It will waste power and money and give you nothing.
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Anonymous
December 3, 2012 5:54:20 AM

Partially for the overkill factor and partially for future proofing.
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