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Old July 23, 2013, 11:26 PM
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Default Triple Sli GTX 480's...upgrade?

Just wondering if the performance difference going from triple GTX 480's to a single GTX 780 for gaming, is worth it. Or should I hold out for one more generation?

I realize the drawbacks of the 480 -In the heat, noise, and very Power Hungary! But ...I just want to know how much (perhaps not ?) will the GTX 780 perform in the FPS area while gaming.

Display is at 2560x1600 (30" Dell).

Should be noted, a GTX 780 is worth about 1100 bucks here in good old NZ. I don't mind spending the money if there is a significant performance boast going to the 780. But on the other hand....I don't mind squeezing as much life out of these 480's if I can.

Is it worth upgrading?
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Old July 24, 2013, 12:42 AM
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In terms of raw benchmark scores your 480's will better a single 780, but in games I'm pretty sure the 780 will have the upper hand. (Especially as you're probably running out of vram at your resolution)
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Old July 24, 2013, 03:50 AM
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I would say the 780 is going to give you a better game play experience. That said you obviously know the downsides of the 480, so if you can live with that and aren't having any issues with the 480, then one more gen is not a bad idea. If you are sick of the power/heat from them, then a 780 would be a great choice. Really it's going to be a personal call.
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Old July 24, 2013, 04:07 AM
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Be sure to get the OCd 780, Titan performance for much less!
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Old July 25, 2013, 10:29 PM
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I just upgraded from my 3 gtx 570's to the gigabyte 4gb gtx770 OC and i tested a bunch of games, its not a 780 but it sure is close, here are my results:

Everything is at 1920, everything is full with at least 2x AA, they are all kind of different lol.

Tomb raider benchmark:
570s- 98 avg, 122 max, 50 min
770- 74, 90, 52

Metro Last light:
570s- 53
770- 48

Crysis 3:
570s- 105
770- 86

far cry 3:
570s- 68
770 - 62

Bioshock infinite benchmark:
570s- 59,63,84,65,117,145,76
770- 74,71,80,74,111,123,81

570s- P10796/gpu score 15225
770- P10055/ gpu score 11399

I only tested on games that used SLI, but i played borderlands 2 and it ran beautifully since it doesnt use sli. The 780 wont have the sheer power as your 3 cards but your avg fps will be better and youll get a massive boost in games that dont use SLI. I got a massive boost in battlefield 3 as well, never got good SLI scaling in that game. Hope some of this helps, the cards arent exact but it may give you an idea.
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