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GTX 680 Reference 4 80.00%
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HD 7970 Reference 1 20.00%
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GTX 685 0 0%
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Old April 10, 2012, 12:45 PM
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Hello,

Currently I have an extremely old video card setup with Dual GTX 285s in SLI mode, which doesn't provide an amazing experience now as it did during its time, and people have said I should look into upgrading them. I have had these cards for 3-4 years. I have a list of options and would like some NON-BIASED opinions on them. I only game on a single ACER LED 24" Monitor and 1920x1080p resolution. Might possibly get a second monitor in the future or upgrade to a 27" or 30". I like my games to be completely smooth with no GPU struggle. Take note I could care less if I get 150 FPS than 60+, as anything above that the human eye cannot tell, although something with 150+ in current games can last me another 3-4 years. Thank you in advanced for your patience and time


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1. 24" Monitor at 1920x1080p (Might upgrade to 27" or 30")
2. PCIE 2.0 Motherboard
3. Future proof (preferably another 3 years)
4. MAX on every current title (Except Metro 2033)
5. 60+ FPS



Nvidia Potential SLI

Refrence GTX 680: GK104, 1006 core clock, 1058 boost clock, 1536 CUDA cores 2GB ram, GDDR5, 256-bit, DX11 $499

EVGA GTX 680 Classified (the only rumoured specs i could find): GK104, 4GB ram, 1536 CUDA cores, DX11, PCIE 3.0, 8+8 power, 14 Phase PWM Design ? $550-$580 ?

EVGA GTX 580 Classified Ultra: 900 core clock, 1800 shader clock, 3GB ram, GDDR5, 384-bit, DX11, PCIE 2.0 $559

Rumored GTX 685: GK110, 4GB, 512-Bit, 20-25% faster than GTX 680 chip, DX11, PCIE 3.0, 250W power draw ? $599 ?

Rumored GTX 690: 28nm, 2xGK104, 3072 CUDA cores, 705 base cock, 730 boost clock, 705 shader clock, 1502 memory clock, 4GB ram, GDDR5, 380W power draw, DX11.1 ?$650-$699 ?


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ATI Potential Crossfire

Reference HD 7970 : 925 core clock, 3GB ram, GDDR5, 2047 stream processors, 384-bit, DX11, PCIE 3.0 $539

MSI Lightning HD 7970 : 1070 core clock, 2048 stream processors, 3GB, 384-bit, DX11, PCIE 3.0, GDDR5 $609

Rumored HD 7990: 28nm, 4096 Stream processors, PCIE 3.0, DX11.1, 850 core clock, 1275 memory clock, 6GB ram, GDDR5, 786-bit, 350W power draw ? $650-$699 ?

Rumoured HD 8970: 2304 stream processors, 3GB ram, GDDR5, 384-bit, 1000 core clock, 1500 memory clock, DX11, 28nm ? $499-$559 ?



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Old April 10, 2012, 12:57 PM
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the reference 680 at 500 dollars is the card to get hands down. it will run any current game at your resolution just fine. No point in getting a 7970 for 100 more and slightly less performance.
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the reference 680 at 500 dollars is the card to get hands down. it will run any current game at your resolution just fine. No point in getting a 7970 for 100 more and slightly less performance.
Thanks for your opinion. In your system information, it shows a HD Core 7970..have you compared the GTX 680 and the 7970? If yes, can you tell me any major differences between the two?
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Old April 10, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Yea i would say either gtx 680 or if money and time is no problem wait for 685, then SLI it when you need the grunt, as correct me if im wrong, the gtx 700's will still be on keplar.(?) So as far as i can see gtx 685 would be a pretty safe investment.
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Old April 10, 2012, 05:54 PM
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gtx 680 all the way!
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your not asking much of your video card, a single 24" @ 1920 is fairly easy to accommodate. Just to pint out a few things, afaik your are limited to an Sli setup because of your motherboard.

I would say stay with Nvidia so that you could potentially upgrade to an SLi setup later. It looks like the 680 is the way to go.
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your not asking much of your video card, a single 24" @ 1920 is fairly easy to accommodate. Just to pint out a few things, afaik your are limited to an Sli setup because of your motherboard.

I would say stay with Nvidia so that you could potentially upgrade to an SLi setup later. It looks like the 680 is the way to go.
Hi, thanks for your input. Im just confused as to why my motherboard is a limited asset? It supports 3-way SLI and Crossfire

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GTX 680 unless AMD cuts prices or you want to wait for the GTX 670Ti (that is what it is rumoured to be called and should offer GTX 580ish or faster performance with substantial power savings)
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GTX 680 unless AMD cuts prices or you want to wait for the GTX 670Ti (that is what it is rumoured to be called and should offer GTX 580ish or faster performance with substantial power savings)
Thanks, although I always buy the GTX X80's for performance wise and reliability
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GTX 680 unless AMD cuts prices or you want to wait for the GTX 670Ti (that is what it is rumoured to be called and should offer GTX 580ish or faster performance with substantial power savings)
Whats up with all the power saving ive heard on the newer cards why do we want that or care about it?
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