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Gtx 295 -> ?

skace

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I believe the time has finally come to upgrade my GTX 295. It has been a good card, but an aging card. I'm trying to figure out whether to go with the 670, 680 or 690.

The 670 seems to be the smart choice, in that it is priced well and performance is within that top tier range and you will set yourself up for an upgrade when the next best card comes out.

The 690 seems to be a fun choice for me. It is a similar card to my GTX 295 and I like the fact that they over-engineered the parts for it. However, it also looks like you are setting yourself up for a very expensive card that is beaten months later by whatever comes out then.

Not sure what I think of the 680.

Where do the normal people stand on these 3? What should I be shooting for? I'm not really interested in spending time swapping out heat sinks or overclocking my video card anymore. I just want something awesome and stable without having to screw with it.
 

Don Karnage

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690 is an utter waste of money. 670 SLI if you want to spend the money



If you're a BF3 fan
 

VtPC83

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680 Seems a waste as well when the ASUS 670 DCU is coming out and is faster than a stock 680...
 

bzzoy

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I'll be going from a 295 to a couple 670's (Asus when the frickin release), sooner rather than later hopefully.
 

Ieat

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Gtx 670 if you don't want to fiddle too much with overclocking. I would get a custom full length pcb card from Gigabyte, Galaxy or Asus though. Those ref cards seem ghetto for $400.
 

skace

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Yea I just noticed. However, when I went to EVGA's website I noticed they will have a 4GB GTX 670?? Whaaat
 

cmdrdredd

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I guess if you really think you need 4GB or have a use for that. I'm guessing most really don't.
 

skace

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Well I run a 2560x1600 resolution 30" monitor right now. So more memory would be directly useful to me, I believe. Plus if I ever do SLI, I get the 8GB SLI versus the 690's limitation at 4GB.... And I do it without too much of a $ overhead. Not bad? I may need to watch where this goes a bit.
 

chimaxi83

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Well I run a 2560x1600 resolution 30" monitor right now. So more memory would be directly useful to me, I believe. Plus if I ever do SLI, I get the 8GB SLI versus the 690's limitation at 4GB.... And I do it without too much of a $ overhead. Not bad? I may need to watch where this goes a bit.
That's not how VRAM works in SLI, the two cards don't get added together in that respect. You're basically running mirror images of the data on each card, so if they're both 2GB cards, you have 2GB total. 4GB cards, 4GB total. VRAM is not added together.

The 690 only has 2GB per GPU, which is not added together either.
 

Dark Shroud

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Well I run a 2560x1600 resolution 30" monitor right now. So more memory would be directly useful to me, I believe. Plus if I ever do SLI, I get the 8GB SLI versus the 690's limitation at 4GB.... And I do it without too much of a $ overhead. Not bad? I may need to watch where this goes a bit.
That's not how SLI or Crossfire work, the same data is copied to both card's memory for rendering.

Still you are right, at that res you want more memory.

If you're open to the idea AMD's 7900 cards scale better than Nvidia at higher resolutions. They don't have that 4GB though and you'll probably have to over-clock them until the Ghz editions come out.
 

skace

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I understand that isn't how SLI works, sorry if that came across confusing - that is why the 4GB becomes more important in SLI.

And sorry, not interested in AMD cards.
 

TakeNoPrisoners

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I wouldn't get 4GB of memory unless you plan on running 3 monitors or like to run HD texture mods at 1600p.
 

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