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Will 2 (SLI'd) 680's be enough for the future?

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February 20, 2013 3:53:02 PM

So here's my problem I have 1 680 GTX from Asus. its there DC2T. Which is OC'd from the factory at 1250mhz and in my rig thanks to all the cooling (and asus's GPU Tweak software) typically runs at 1343mhz. I do a lot of 1080p video editing and quite a bit of CAD and Solid Works so this speed is quite nice and have been thinking about picking up another one. My only issue is that the DC2T with the OC comes in a 2gb version, and I know that when SLI'ing it does not increase your vram. Will the 2gb of Vram be enough for the next say 4-5 years?

P.S. I do game a bit with this card, but is not its primary use, and I am running 3 monitors at 1920X1080.

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February 20, 2013 3:57:16 PM

907rider said:
So here's my problem I have 1 680 GTX from Asus. its there DC2T. Which is OC'd from the factory at 1250mhz and in my rig thanks to all the cooling (and asus's GPU Tweak software) typically runs at 1343mhz. I do a lot of 1080p video editing and quite a bit of CAD and Solid Works so this speed is quite nice and have been thinking about picking up another one. My only issue is that the DC2T with the OC comes in a 2gb version, and I know that when SLI'ing it does not increase your vram. Will the 2gb of Vram be enough for the next say 4-5 years?

P.S. I do game a bit with this card, but is not its primary use, and I am running 3 monitors at 1920X1080.


As long as you dont plan on doing heavy gaming when next gen games are released I wouldnt see a problem with it, even then I would say 2 680's imo could last a good 3-4 maybe 5 more years. That could change as programs and games are getting way more intense 3-4 years from now is when I could see 2 680's starting to take a hit. I would say you're good as far as what you're doing now.
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February 20, 2013 3:59:47 PM

since you are running 3 monitors, maybe you could switch to 2x 670 4gb or wait for 770 rumored to have 3gb and 384bus. then you would be set for years

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February 20, 2013 4:02:52 PM

im planning on doing the same thing my only question (im also gonna post this as its own thread) is what cpu you would need in order for them NT to bottle neck on it. for instance would i need a i7 3930k ivy bridge or jsut a i5 3560k ivy bridge? I guess it all dpends on what your doing so lets say for the sake of relevance to the rest of the community gaming.
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February 20, 2013 4:36:24 PM

Jigoogly said:
im planning on doing the same thing my only question (im also gonna post this as its own thread) is what cpu you would need in order for them NT to bottle neck on it. for instance would i need a i7 3930k ivy bridge or jsut a i5 3560k ivy bridge? I guess it all dpends on what your doing so lets say for the sake of relevance to the rest of the community gaming.



I know I personally am running 3930K and it is quite nice, OC'd to 4.5 Ghz and is completely stable, heat was an issue till I got an H100i cooler and that solved the problem. I would think this would be about enough processor to handle 2 680's.
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February 20, 2013 7:39:18 PM

well question whether haswell will be gamechanger or sandy would still suffice. i mean in gaming 3570k=3770k=2500k=2600/2700k and sandies are better overclocks, and i think there are even new z68 boards that are pcie 3.0
if i wanted to buy new cpu/mb i would either wait to see whats haswell is like or go for i7-2600k/2700k as they overclock much better than ivy bridge. also there was supposed to come another i7 39xxk sandy cpu

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February 20, 2013 7:54:08 PM

907rider said:
So here's my problem I have 1 680 GTX from Asus. its there DC2T. Which is OC'd from the factory at 1250mhz and in my rig thanks to all the cooling (and asus's GPU Tweak software) typically runs at 1343mhz. I do a lot of 1080p video editing and quite a bit of CAD and Solid Works so this speed is quite nice and have been thinking about picking up another one. My only issue is that the DC2T with the OC comes in a 2gb version, and I know that when SLI'ing it does not increase your vram. Will the 2gb of Vram be enough for the next say 4-5 years?

P.S. I do game a bit with this card, but is not its primary use, and I am running 3 monitors at 1920X1080.



Yea you should be fine assuming you don't move to higher resolution monitors or go the 3D route.
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