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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW vs EVGA GeForce GTX 680

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February 15, 2013 4:05:30 PM

I'm upgrading my computer and I came across two cards with almost identical specs but one is ridiculously priced more. Can some explain to me if the price is validated or completely not worth it.

EVGA GeForce GTX 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The top one is a staggering $240 more.

The cheaper one has better clock speeds but the more expensive one has more cores. Plus the expensive one has more memory. But I'm not sure if these are worth the price difference. Any advice?

P.S. I'm going to be gaming 90% of the time and that's the only thing that will involve intense graphics.
a c 127 U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 4:15:50 PM

If you're gaming 90% of the time, it's worth the $240 to go with the 680. The performance difference will be tremendous. Though you could go the GTX 670 route and get almost the same performance as that of the 680 for $375? This might be a good compromise for you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 4:19:13 PM

Clock speed is only part of the equation that determines graphics power. Like quad core cpus, gpus do things in parallel - the more units in parallel the better the performance - GTX680 has WAY MORE parallel power than a GTX660 hence the price difference.
-Bruce
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February 15, 2013 4:33:00 PM

Thanks everyone! I think I'll put the extra money into the 680!
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a c 127 U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 4:33:27 PM

Good choice. They really are things of beauty!
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February 15, 2013 4:33:43 PM

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February 15, 2013 4:34:44 PM

dish_moose said:
Clock speed is only part of the equation that determines graphics power. Like quad core cpus, gpus do things in parallel - the more units in parallel the better the performance - GTX680 has WAY MORE parallel power than a GTX660 hence the price difference.
-Bruce


Thank you for explaining why the price difference was so much! I'll make sure to keep this into consideration for future upgrades!
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February 15, 2013 4:35:03 PM

hiddenmonk430 said:
I'm upgrading my computer and I came across two cards with almost identical specs but one is ridiculously priced more. Can some explain to me if the price is validated or completely not worth it.

EVGA GeForce GTX 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The top one is a staggering $240 more.

The cheaper one has better clock speeds but the more expensive one has more cores. Plus the expensive one has more memory. But I'm not sure if these are worth the price difference. Any advice?

P.S. I'm going to be gaming 90% of the time and that's the only thing that will involve intense graphics.

The 660 is quite weaker, but far better price/performance wise. If you want strength on a budget, the 7870 LE is the way to go. Otherwise a 7970 or 7970 GHz are the strongest cards on the market.
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