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Old February 10, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by xmanrigger View Post
As you stated, you are limited to 1 slot. You already said you were considering the GTX680, so if you consider yourself hardcore, go with it or the GTX690. At the very least, a GTX570.

You are correct when you said a single card wont substitute for a CF setup. But when it comes to gaming, there is no such thing as over kill with a Dual GPU config. Maybe Tri or quad, but certainly not Dual. AMD or NVIDIA. Any hardcore gamer demands the best, and there is no single card solution out there. Even at 1920X1080. An exception is as gba stated above, is the GTX690 or a GTX590. But again, dual GPU. But a pair of GTX680s or GTX580s can be bought for less, and will out-perform.

I also disagree that a GTX660Ti is going to cut it at 1920x1080 at max settings. Not a chance. I went from Dual-SLI 3GB GTX580 to a single 4GB GTX680, and at same graphics settings, there was a noticeable difference. The 580-SLI setup was butter smooth in BF3. With the single GTX680 at same settings, it didnt gimp game play, but there was a noticeable drop. With that said, I hardly think he would be satisfied with the 660Ti after giving up his CF config. Meaning; that if a 680 has to put out, how is a 660 going to cut it?

A person can of course get away with less for gaming. But well......compromise isnt hardcore.
I'm not sure what version of BF3 you're playing, but I assure you a single GTX680 does not have a problem with frame rates. In fact, an avg of 70fps on a 60Hz display is definitely what I would call overkill. A 660Ti is more than enough power to run 50fps on BF3 at Ultra settings.

I just ran the attached benchmark using FRAPS. I used a 48 person multiplayer map that was almost full, map was Bandar Desert, I spent most of the time in either a JEEP or a Tank Destroyer. All settings at Ultra, as per the screenshot. Avg framerate is 74.335 FPS. It drops down to 35FPS for a second, but 35fps is still an acceptable framrate.

Please stop trying to give bad advice.
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