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GTX 690 vs GTX TITAN VS GTX 680 SLI VS HD 7970 CROSSFIRE

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February 22, 2013 4:33:41 AM

I recently just built a new PC. I used to use ATI HD 4870x2's in crossfire (outdated but powerful) but I am in the process of upgrading my video cards. My budget is currently $600 but after the tax return it will be $1100. Here are my options:

I could buy a GTX 680 or HD 7970 right now and buy a second one later or should I wait and buy a GTX 690 or GTX TITAN later?

Which is the most powerful setup out there, especially if i plan to run a 3 monitor setup eventually?

Is it worth spending the extra for an Nvidia over ATI RADEON?

Is the Dual card setup better than a powerful single card?

Is the GTX TITAN going to be a greater option than the GTX 690?

Also, If i decide to get the GTX 680 in SLI I would have to purchase new motherboard because mine does not support SLI but supports Crossfire.

Specs:
Intel i5-3570k
ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 Motherboard
G.SKILL RIPJAWS 8GB RAM DDR3 1600
COrsair CX750 750W PSU
February 22, 2013 4:37:03 AM

7970 crossfire is the best, and the GTX Titan is really only good in SLI/Tri SLi ($2000 - $3000, way out of your range. Since your board only supports crossfire, 7970 Crossfire is a no brainer, especially for under $800.
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February 22, 2013 4:40:19 AM

plasmaj12345 said:
7970 crossfire is the best, and the GTX Titan is really only good in SLI/Tri SLi ($2000 - $3000, way out of your range. Since your board only supports crossfire, 7970 Crossfire is a no brainer, especially for under $800.


+1...Tom's Hardware even said in it's review of the Titan, that you get better results from a Xfire 7970 gHz edition and still less money than a single Titan.
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February 22, 2013 5:14:24 AM

yeah man get one 7970 for now and then later on when you buy the rest of your monitors for surround get another 7970, they might be even cheaper by then. All the reviews are showing that 2 7970's in CF beat a titan and they would only be about $800(unless you get 'em on sale) saving you $200 for one of those extra monitors.
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February 22, 2013 5:34:05 AM

They also mentioned latency issues with the 7970, which would be worse with a pair, so a pair of 670's or 680's is another option.

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This proved to be a little controversial. If you judge solely on performance per dollar, two Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition boards absolutely cost less and go faster than a GeForce GTX Titan. But there’s the case against poor acoustics. There’s also a discussion to be had about micro-stuttering. Our single-GPU frame latency numbers show that AMD has already made inroads into minimizing frame latency in some games, and that other titles remain problematic. But we can’t compare multi-GPU configs using the same tools. Fortunately, we have something coming soon that’ll address micro-stuttering more definitively. In the meantime, those Radeon cards are compelling, so long as you’re able to cope with their noise.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-titan-p...
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February 22, 2013 5:39:50 AM

Honestly I say get the titan.. your board is going to hold you back in SLI/Crossfire..

Your board has a PCI-e x16 at x16 and a pcie at x4 thats gonna be a hold back if you can even SLI/Crossfire. So a single GPU option is best
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February 22, 2013 2:38:25 PM

Yea also I can't say much but just don't expect 999 to be final pricing of titan.. all ima say :) 
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February 24, 2013 1:30:21 AM

Does anyone know the future of PhysX and if its going to be used in future blockbuster games?
I am now torn between the GTX 690 and the HD 7970 Ghz edition in SLI. How do they compare one on one?
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February 24, 2013 2:30:43 AM

Yea Metro:Last light (won't be released until march ) and we still have games TBA

Well the 690 is better power efficient and superb performance but on paper.. the 7970 Crossfire beats it..
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February 24, 2013 3:06:34 AM

Does the micro stutter really destroy the efficiency of the dual card set-up?
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February 24, 2013 3:09:33 AM

well see I would rather you get 2 way SLI. You get better performance with two seperate cards vs the single 690..
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February 24, 2013 3:30:34 AM

How does the 7970 ghz edition crossfire faire against the 680 SLI
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February 24, 2013 3:55:28 AM

depends on the 680. because alot of people crossfire ghz vs reference all the time and use that as "Oh 7970 beats 680 so bluh"
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February 24, 2013 2:29:38 PM

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How does the 7970 ghz edition crossfire faire against the 680 SLI

Generally you get a touch more raw performance out of the 7970 ghz CrossfireX, but the 680 SLI has less micro-stutter issues. AMD is currently working on the micro-stuttering through there most recent drivers.
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