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To buy a 690 or not to buy a 690??????

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February 4, 2013 5:31:35 AM

Hi guys.Hope you all doing well.Im in need of some advise.Im days away from building my rig and orignaly planned on dropping in one 690,However i have been told that the 700 series is only weeks away.I dont know if this is true but im wondering if laying down so much cash on a 690 at this time is worth it.also if the answer is not should i jus hold my hold build or buy a cheaper card to go on.Thanks in advance for the advice.Regards to all :) 

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a b Î Nvidia
February 4, 2013 5:42:50 AM

Yes, it's true. Wait for the 700 series.

Also, the 690 isn't a good pick. If you're gaming at 1080p, a 670 will max most games at 120fps.

If you're gaming on three monitors, the 690 doesn't actually have 4GB - it has 2GB per chip, just like two 2GB cards in SLI. What that means is that a pair of 4GB 670s will be cheaper and perform better.
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February 4, 2013 6:32:24 AM

Well, I have to correct a few things. The 700-series is now expected to launch at the end of this year, so Q4 2013. If you wait, you will have to be very patient.

False data has been given: For 1080p gaming, the GTX 670 is indeed good enough, but it only maxes out games on average with MSAA x4 at 72-73fps (not 120!) , which is more than fine anyway.

As for a GTX 690 vs GTX 670 4GB SLI, I have no idea if the memory bottlenecks the dual GPU card or not (I don't think so). If not, two GTX 670 will perform worse because they will be limited by the power of their GPU before being able to benefit from the extra memory. As I said, I have never seen graphs about this, but it would be very interesting to know for sure.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 4, 2013 6:57:35 AM

Well, first of all, Nvidia is coming out this month with the Titan, a single graphics processor with more processing power than a 690. Since it is not an SLI it will have less problems with games and take less power.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/GeForce-Titan-GK110-GT...

Note that it has a full 6GB memory so you will be set for the foreseeable future.

The 780, or Maxwell, is due out late 2013/early 2014.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 4, 2013 7:33:00 AM

helper800 said:
Consider AMD's 8990? will be out late 2nd quarter this year? http://www.techspot.com/news/51013-dual-gpu-amd-radeon-...


Word is, the 8970 will be but 15% faster than the 7970. So the 8990 will be not too much faster than a couple 7970's overclocked. The Titan is considerably faster, let alone if overclocked. And it is a single gpu so the driver/game compatibility issue will be far better.
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February 4, 2013 7:42:20 AM

babernet_1 said:
Word is, the 8970 will be but 15% faster than the 7970. So the 8990 will be not too much faster than a couple 7970's overclocked. The Titan is considerably faster, let alone if overclocked. And it is a single gpu so the driver/game compatibility issue will be far better.

I would not say that yet considering that titan is at a 550mghz core clock speed if i am correct and 2 x 7970 ghz will be a little slower than the 8990 stock and you could always overclock it.
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February 4, 2013 7:57:39 AM

it all depends on your budget and if you are in a hurry to get video card....Nvidia is trying to give the 600 series longer lifespan. They asked their competitor(AMD) what's the hurry pushing them out.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 4, 2013 8:00:58 AM

helper800 said:
I would not say that yet considering that titan is at a 550mghz core clock speed if i am correct and 2 x 7970 ghz will be a little slower than the 8990 stock and you could always overclock it.



Could be, it's sort of silly to argue about two vaporware cards.

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February 4, 2013 10:11:32 AM

darkmendez said:
it all depends on your budget and if you are in a hurry to get video card....Nvidia is trying to give the 600 series longer lifespan. They asked their competitor(AMD) what's the hurry pushing them out.

If they were in communication then that would be considered cohesion and they all would be sued pretty hard and there business licences would be revoked.
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February 4, 2013 11:00:38 AM

I am a patience-less human and probably wouldn't have waited for anyone and just placed an order for 690......IF I WERE YOU!
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February 4, 2013 11:21:54 AM

All of you guys are talking about paper launches. So to give my two cents. If you don't want to waste money on 690, then get 2 680 and SLI them. Don't waste your time waiting for something that might not come out until June or September. And if you really are set on the 690, then get a 4GB model from eVGA and you can have that replaced by them whenever Nvidia launches their Titan in coming months (if it's true). No money lost no time wasted trying to SLI.
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