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GTX570x3 vs GTX6904gb?

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February 7, 2013 5:21:03 PM

I'm running a triple monitor setup @ 3420x1920 powered by GTX570 SLI.

However, those GTX570 only have 1280mb of RAM.

Would upgrading to a GTX690 4GB ram be a significant improvement over my triple SLI setup?

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February 7, 2013 5:27:31 PM

There is no doubt the GTX 690 will be considerably faster than the triple gtx 570 SLI but whether you see an improvement in performance depends on your overall system configuration (CPU,clock, etc).
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February 7, 2013 5:29:14 PM

Okay, system details - i73770k @ 4.7ghz, 32gb RAM, Vertex4x6 (RAID 0).

I know the GTX690 is a beast but over triple SLI?
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February 7, 2013 5:36:52 PM

A GTX690 is basically two 680 2GB cards in SLI on a single PCB.

I'm fairly certain 680 SLI is faster than 570 3-way SLI. They also have more VRAM allowing you to use AA levels on games that fairly demanding.
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February 7, 2013 6:45:11 PM

Okay, but what about GTX680 (4gb) in SLI? I know you said the 690 is two 680 (2gb) - but I can get two 680s for the price of one 690.

Additionally, I do not have PCIe 3.0 - only 2.1 on my Z68mobo. Will this limit?
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February 7, 2013 6:53:57 PM

You may see about 1-2% fewer fps as a result of not having PCIe 3.0. And ya, two 680 4gb SLI would be better, though if you want to go that route, you may find two 670 4gb SLI saves a lot of money for very little loss in performance.

NOTE: it would be very rare you'd need more than 2gb, but with 3 monitors and mods, you can run into those issues.
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February 7, 2013 7:02:24 PM

Thanks, I'm looking at 670 SLI (4gb) - now, PSU issues. I'm currently able to support triple SLI 570s - so I shouldn't have a problem, right?
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February 7, 2013 7:22:26 PM

I'm pretty certain that would be a yes, if it supports 3 570's now. What is your PSU?
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February 7, 2013 7:23:31 PM

Corsair AX1200 - I'm looking at the 670 4gbs now - EVGA vice Asus (with the aftermarket fans)?
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February 7, 2013 7:25:19 PM

That would be more than enough. 750-850 with a quality PSU, is enough for 670 SLI.

EVGA probably has the better warranty, ASUS may have some better HSF options.
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February 7, 2013 7:26:52 PM

Thanks for all the advice - so 2x670 4gb will handle my triple monitor (portrait mode) 3420x1920 setup? I play mainly Skyrim (and similar games). Or should I look at triple SLI?
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February 7, 2013 7:27:26 PM

two 680 4GB's is what i'd get. I'd rather have two 680's in SLI over a 690
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February 7, 2013 7:27:32 PM

Yea I would say go with a 4 GB 670 if you are set with Nvidia and if you need more power grab another and pair them up in SLi. A AX1200 can handle 3 way sli quite easily I'm sure with current gen cards.
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February 7, 2013 7:29:40 PM

@ Rock: Well the value on the high end is the 670 4GB in SLi because its cheaper then the 690 and you get near the same performance with the actual advertised 4 GB of ram. Two 680's aren't bad just a poor value at this point.
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February 7, 2013 7:32:54 PM

thepregnantgod said:
Thanks for all the advice - so 2x670 4gb will handle my triple monitor (portrait mode) 3420x1920 setup? I play mainly Skyrim (and similar games). Or should I look at triple SLI?



Have you thought about AMD at all or are you set on Nvidia. With AMD you get stronger performance with Skyrim in general and that's outside the ram. You also get really good multi monitor support with Eyefinity. For heavy skyrim playing I'd get two 7970's pair them up and enjoy! That and the free games that come with it.
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February 7, 2013 7:43:05 PM

bigshootr8, I'm partial to nVidia but I could go AMD if there was a great card out there. I know their multi-monitor support is better than nVidia - but I'm looking at around $1000 for the most bang/buck. The 690 is a beast - but as folks pointed out - it's only 2gb, vice 670/680 SLI with 4gb a piece. For me, it's not the computation of the 570 that is slowing me down but the 1280mb ram - since I'm running 3420x1920 resolution.
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February 7, 2013 7:48:42 PM

Yea that was the beef I had with the 500 series cards was the memory amount. I'm partial to Nvidia myself as well I have games that use physx 4 of them actually and I'm more of a visual person then a performance person I don't need to see crazy frames to enjoy my experience fluidity and visual pleasure are what I'm after I'm not sure what strikes your fancy with them. I would say get a 670 in SLi then maybe keep the money for a different upgrade of save the money for something else first thing that comes to mind is maybe a SSD if you don't have one.
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February 7, 2013 7:51:19 PM

Running 6xVertex4 SSD in Raid 0. No need for that. Not ready to jump to a 2011 chipset yet, so graphics cards are really the upgrade. I'm looking now at the 7970 - they seem pretty cheap compared to the 670. Triple Crossfire?
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February 7, 2013 7:56:28 PM

Naw I would just crossfire. If you were to go with 7970's. Unless you are into 3D or Physx games I would say the best cards out right now are the 670 and the 7970. Beyond that its a poor value at least in the high end market.
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February 7, 2013 8:06:44 PM

meh.

just go GTX 670's SLI.
i hear (lurking on toms for ~2 months) that the GTX series microstutters less in SLI then the AMD's in crossfire.

the factory oc'd gtx 670's (with the aftermarket coolers) are almost all 1%-2% faster then the gtx 680 normal. with a slight OC on the 670s there is no reason to pay 100 more for a 680 at all.

So for (400+400) 800 bucks you get basically the same thing as a $1000 690 with twice the VRam.

Finally, i assume you don't have to mess with drivers as much as switching from GTX to AMD.
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February 7, 2013 8:27:07 PM

SLi configurations tend to stutter less then CF yes that is true. Also as of now latency wise Nvidia is doing a better job. However that being said its become increasingly more of a priority for AMD and they have already made big strides in that area in there drivers.
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February 7, 2013 8:31:26 PM

so buy a work in progress that might possibly get better in the future sometime or something that works now...

Also, 780.
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February 7, 2013 8:34:47 PM

Thanks for all the input. I'm going to go with two 670GTX 4gb RAM.
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February 7, 2013 8:36:53 PM

Good card hope you enjoy I have 1 GTX670 I can only imagine the power you'd get with two.
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February 7, 2013 8:47:35 PM

Out of those 2 I would go with the superclocked version. Are you set on EVGA or would you be open to other cards.
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February 7, 2013 8:48:54 PM

That's the card I have but he/she is after the 4GB cards.
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February 7, 2013 8:48:59 PM

Thanks, but I specifically wanted the 4gb model since running at my 3420x1920 resolution eats a lot of VRAM (current limitation with my trisli 570)
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February 7, 2013 8:49:35 PM

He! Don't let the name fool you.
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February 7, 2013 8:49:58 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Have you thought about AMD at all or are you set on Nvidia. With AMD you get stronger performance with Skyrim in general and that's outside the ram. You also get really good multi monitor support with Eyefinity. For heavy skyrim playing I'd get two 7970's pair them up and enjoy! That and the free games that come with it.


Actually, Skyrim favors Nvidia. Crossfire is known to inject stuttering issues for it as well as not scaling as well. Look at the last chart here, which is the most relevent chart for the comparison here:
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2725/16/nvidia-geforce-...

Note: the latest beta drivers may have fixed some of the issues, but for the past year, it has favored Nvidia.
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February 7, 2013 8:52:34 PM

I'd get the superclocked card. But I would also just make sure that you have really good air flow within your case because those cards in a normal scenario will be sandwiched together and reference design cards are a more hot normally and are a little louder to.
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February 7, 2013 8:52:46 PM

Thanks for the Skyrim link. Of course, I have no idea how those folks get those FPS. Even with my OC'd to 800mhz GTX 570, I'm not getting above 50-60fps. Again, I'm thinking it's the resolution - but...
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February 7, 2013 8:53:45 PM

Keiki646 - yes, I was tempted. But I specifically wanted 4gb and the 690 only has 4gb shared (2gb each).
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February 7, 2013 8:56:13 PM

bigshootr8, I have a Cosmos2 case and the side is open - plenty of airflow - even if the cards don't shoot it out the back. My i73770K is cooled by an H100 push/pull as well.

Now, my challenge is that oc'ing my triple SLI gtx570 would trip my UPS (maxed at 865W).
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February 7, 2013 9:00:34 PM

Oh okay yea so airflow is of zero issue for you cosmos two is a behemoth of a case. You won't have any issues with the 670's they run on less power then the previous gen cards did.
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February 7, 2013 9:08:13 PM

Best answer selected by thepregnantgod.
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February 7, 2013 9:09:36 PM

Hope your setup works the way you'd like it to it should GTX670's in sli are boss :)  happy gaming.
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February 7, 2013 9:22:32 PM

wait for the GTX Titan
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February 7, 2013 11:39:11 PM

Hard to say how the card will perform till benchmarks come out and even still may not be as useful in a multi monitor setup then a sli setup.
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