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What's the best PC graphics Card?
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26 / M / Surrey, Britsh Co...
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Posted 7/3/12
Hi,

So I'm building my own PC I got the Harddrive figured out, now I am trying to pick between 2 different graphics cards.

Which one will give me better performance, better graphics, less lag and more durability?

4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690 or Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 – NVIDIA SLI®
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Posted 7/4/12
690 is a dual chip 680, effectively SLI in one card and you can still 3 way it, 2 680 may perform slightly better than a 690, but in the end 690 wins all in all.
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Posted 7/5/12

alicia-m wrote:

690 is a dual chip 680, effectively SLI in one card and you can still 3 way it, 2 680 may perform slightly better than a 690, but in the end 690 wins all in all.


Alright thanks, I really appreciate the help.
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Posted 9/2/12
2 graphic cards hehe > 1 graphic card
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24 / M / Arizona
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Posted 9/4/12
ive never used a dual chip gpu, but i have friends who have and they swore they would never do it again because they always ran into glitches. If the game didnt support SLI (not as big of an issue anymore) but even some of the newer games when they got the dual chip cards gave them issues where my GTX 460 sli was far out performing their GTX 490..

on a side note, glad to see your looking at nVidia chips and not ati
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Posted 9/6/12 , edited 9/6/12
when they announce 2 or 4GB, it's never actual 2 or 4...I'm so disappointed that people overpay for these.

I also had a lot less problems with nvidia, but for the price I bought 2xati that I run in crossfireX and I can run whatever I want no limit and it cost me 250$. If you pay more than 400$ for a graphic card you are just dumb in my opinion, it upgrades too fast and you never need it.
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Posted 9/6/12

ispy12 wrote:

when they announce 2 or 4GB, it's never actual 2 or 4...I'm so disappointed that people overpay for these.

I also had a lot less problems with nvidia, but for the price I bought 2xati that I run in crossfireX and I can run whatever I want no limit and it cost me 250$. If you pay more than 400$ for a graphic card you are just dumb in my opinion, it upgrades too fast and you never need it.


thats not always true. i bought 2 gtx 460's back when they came out about two years ago and i can still play games like battlefield on ultra and get 60fps average. If your planning on upgrading often, then yea you dont need to spend a lot of money on the cards, but if you want them to last a long time, then spending more money up front isnt a bad idea. I am planning on getting the GTX 660Ti 3gb from evga soon and after that i dont plan on upgrading them for a few years. Also, if you are running 120hz (3d) or surround (multiple screen gaming set ups) the lower end cards wont always be able to handle them without dropping the settings , and even then youll lose framerate. What bracket (price) of graphics card you buy really depends on when your planning on upgrading again, what kind of set up you have, the games you play, extra features ( the new nvidia cards have new antialiasing,i dont know if ATI has something similar)
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Posted 11/1/12
Gtx 690 would beat anything for sure. But PC Devil 13 HD 7990 owns stock gtx 690.
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Posted 11/3/12

Kiritoe wrote:

Gtx 690 would beat anything for sure. But PC Devil 13 HD 7990 owns stock gtx 690.


670gtx overclocked will do the job for the next 3 years but since 660ti came out its more worthy of a buy, price/performance just remember to buy it overclocked ^^
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Posted 11/3/12
660Ti is way too castrated, Price/Performance it'd be HD 7950
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Posted 11/10/12 , edited 11/10/12
I'll be honest with you here, I have two GTX 670s in SLI. I've done an immense amount of research on the subject. I don't entirely know what you intend to use your graphics card(s) for, but I will include two pieces of my input.
1. I don't know what you intend to use this for, because there's no game out there that can stress two 670s or even come close. That kind of computing horsepower is insane. A single 670 is more than enough to play every game I want on maximum settings or very close, and I include Battlefield 3 on that list.
2. Across the board, the practical application of a 680 is no more than 15% advantage for a 30-40% cost increase. And across framerate testing, the difference is generally 2-3 frames apart in maximum FPS.

It's up to you, but those two cards you've named are expensive because of the titles associated with owning them, they're the polo of the gaming world. I had a 295, I know why they seem awesome, but when 2 years down the road the 260s are getting the same frames as you, and they've got $300 they didn't spend on their card for another, you're going to be wishing you had never made that mistake.

Put that money into something better, or upgrade other parts of your computer, because I promise you the other parts in your computer are not up to the standards to throw a 690 in there. At minimum an overclocked 4.5 GHz processor with L3 16 MB cache, with 32 GB of 2133MHz RAM, and an SSD if you're going to put a 690 in your desktop and make use of it effectively, otherwise every other part in your desktop will do nothing but hinder the card. In the end, it's up to you, but I hope you think about it first.

I would also like to add that if you do intend to buy a x90 card, wait until the spring of next year to do so when the 790 is released. The current 690 is absolutely maxed out in capability because of the chipset it's on. The 700 series moves to the new chipset, and it will be more worth the money.
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Posted 11/15/12
GTX 690 FTW XDD, i have 2x sli GTX 680 and is like having a 10% more powerful GTX 690
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Posted 11/15/12

cmdprompt wrote:

I'll be honest with you here, I have two GTX 670s in SLI. I've done an immense amount of research on the subject. I don't entirely know what you intend to use your graphics card(s) for, but I will include two pieces of my input.
1. I don't know what you intend to use this for, because there's no game out there that can stress two 670s or even come close. That kind of computing horsepower is insane. A single 670 is more than enough to play every game I want on maximum settings or very close, and I include Battlefield 3 on that list.
2. Across the board, the practical application of a 680 is no more than 15% advantage for a 30-40% cost increase. And across framerate testing, the difference is generally 2-3 frames apart in maximum FPS.

It's up to you, but those two cards you've named are expensive because of the titles associated with owning them, they're the polo of the gaming world. I had a 295, I know why they seem awesome, but when 2 years down the road the 260s are getting the same frames as you, and they've got $300 they didn't spend on their card for another, you're going to be wishing you had never made that mistake.

Put that money into something better, or upgrade other parts of your computer, because I promise you the other parts in your computer are not up to the standards to throw a 690 in there. At minimum an overclocked 4.5 GHz processor with L3 16 MB cache, with 32 GB of 2133MHz RAM, and an SSD if you're going to put a 690 in your desktop and make use of it effectively, otherwise every other part in your desktop will do nothing but hinder the card. In the end, it's up to you, but I hope you think about it first.

I would also like to add that if you do intend to buy a x90 card, wait until the spring of next year to do so when the 790 is released. The current 690 is absolutely maxed out in capability because of the chipset it's on. The 700 series moves to the new chipset, and it will be more worth the money.


2X680 is more than enough to run any game in high is like 80 dollars more expensive than 670 but for it worth it
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Posted 11/22/12
My big question is what resolution are you even going to be gaming at? What are you even going to be playing
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Posted 11/25/12
This thread is months old. I'm sure the OP made his decision already
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