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GTX 680 SLI Worth It For Me?

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January 21, 2013 12:08:48 AM

I recently got two GTX 680's SLI from a friend of mine as a gift, they are the EVGA GTX 680 SLI Signature 2 2GB Superclocked.

BUT, I wanted to ask you guys if it is worth going the SLI. I know some of you are probably like duh, well let me tell you the story:

Right now, my mobo isn't SLI/CrossfireX ready, so this means I would need to upgrade just for the SLI, but is it worth the upgrade? I can only fit one 680 right now.

My specs are :

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: AMD X6 1100T 3.3Ghz
RAM: 8GB
Power Supply: Raidmax 1000w 80 GOLD Certified SLI/CrossfireX ready
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper


Would it work if I were to get a SLI ready motherboard, but reuse my processor and other parts, and SLI the cards? Also is it worth it/will the SLI fit in my case?

OR Should I get a new motherboard, and a new processory maybe an i5 3570k or 2500k? But that is alot more to spend.

OR Should I just stick with one card?

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January 21, 2013 12:18:32 AM

With a single 680 you can hit basically 60+fps on ultra in almost every game @ 1080p

I would say stick with your current rig and drop in a steamroller once those ones pop out. If steamrooler is a dissapointment, grab a Haswell or Broadwell then.

I actually think your board actually supports SLI/corssfire


From newegg
MULTI-GPU SUPPORT WITH 2 WAY SLI AND 2 WAY CROSSFIREX
Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for either 2 way CrossFireX or 2 way SLI action (running at two x16 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


From gigabyte
4 PCI-E 2.0 interfaces for 2way AMD CrossFireX and SLI multi-graphics support




You can see if they fit by trying it :p 
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January 21, 2013 12:18:59 AM

i would stick with a single card, sell the second one. wait for haswell and upgrade then. get you a new top of the line processor and mobo with virtu mvp. you would get damn good performance with that. no need for a second card.
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January 21, 2013 12:20:15 AM

Alright, thanks for the quick replies guys!
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January 21, 2013 12:29:53 AM

farrengottu said:
i would stick with a single card, sell the second one. wait for haswell and upgrade then. get you a new top of the line processor and mobo with virtu mvp. you would get damn good performance with that. no need for a second card.


Virtu MVP decreases performance afaik

I would wait past hawswell till steamroller at the end of the year so he can maybe stick with his platform for a while longer and save like that.
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January 21, 2013 12:32:06 AM

I would sell them both and get a 790 and or 8990 when they come out and get a new processor, but thats just me.
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January 21, 2013 12:38:45 AM

I think we are forgetting the most important question here. Where do we sign up to be friends with a guy who gives away $500 graphics cards?
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January 21, 2013 12:41:09 AM

iknowhowtofixit said:
I think we are forgetting the most important question here. Where do we sign up to be friends with a guy who gives away $500 graphics cards?

Lol spoken like a true begger but i think even i would stoop to the same level for that...
January 21, 2013 12:46:44 AM

We are all thinking it.... iknowhowtofixit just said it out loud.

I would agree with the other guys. Keep one and sell the other unless you are looking for bench-marking, run 4 displays, or just plain overkill bragging rights.

The other card will definitely help you upgrade later, though.
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January 21, 2013 1:27:08 AM

I would invest the money from the 2nd GTX 680 in marketing to find more friends who give away free stuff.
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January 21, 2013 1:54:42 AM

What is your monitor setup? Are you using 3 monitors, 120hz or 3D?
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January 21, 2013 2:01:22 AM

680 is more than enough for *most* games.... but figure on 31 - 39 fps in Metro 2033 depending on settings.

If I as investing in a MoBo, I'd also grab 2500k or 3570k
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