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GTX Titan vs. GTX 690 vs. GTX 680 SLI for 3 monitor gaming

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March 22, 2013 11:35:48 PM

Hello, I am looking to upgrade my current system to new graphics! I currently have 2 560 ti's in SLI, and am wondering what would be the best upgrade out of the 3 options in the title. I will be using it to play games such as Battlefield 3, Assassin's Creed 3, and World of Tanks across 3 monitors. Any suggestions?
March 23, 2013 12:35:13 AM

None. Get an AMD HD 7990, they beat nVidia cards at high resolutions because of the higher memory bandwidth and superior drivers. I have a 7970 and can push 3 1080p monitors to high settings little AA, 60fps.
March 26, 2013 8:00:29 PM

Louis B said:
None. Get an AMD HD 7990, they beat nVidia cards at high resolutions because of the higher memory bandwidth and superior drivers. I have a 7970 and can push 3 1080p monitors to high settings little AA, 60fps.


The 7970 is a great card. However, if money is not an issue, the Titan is clearly a better choice. I would not recommend 1 GPU for multiple displays if you plan on maxing everything out (AA included). While two 7970s beat one Titan, you're limited to 2 more expansion slots if you want to continue stacking cards. You have 3 more if you only have 1 Titan and the jump with each additional Titan is obviously greater than with another 7970. While $4,000 is quite a bit for graphics alone (versus about half the price for 4 7970s), you'll be getting the best possible performance on the market and plenty of vram for anything coming out over the next few years. 2GB is clearly not enough for high resolution gaming with medium to high AA, so the 690 is out of the question.

If anyone wants a sample of how the Titan performs, I'm running 2 of them in SLI (factory overclocked) on a 2560x1440 monitor and I'm getting around 60FPS with MSAA x8. You could probably get similar framerates with a 4-way SLI on three 2560x1440 monitors. In summary, get a few Titans if money is not an issue. If it is a bit of an issue, go with a pair of 7970s or even a 4GB GTX 680. Just don't get the GTX 690. 2GB of vram is not enough for higher resolutions with high AA.
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