Would 680 GTX last 3 years @ 1080p like my 5870 1gb?

poohbear

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Hey all,

i'm considering buying the 680 GTX as it might stay with me for 3 years like my 5870, is that a safe bet to make? Games these days just don't push hardware like they used to, indeed my 5870 still handles everything i throw @ it @ 1080p resolution and all settings maxed! The only thing is the 1gb VRAM on my 5870 is getting a little long in the tooth when enabling ultra textures in games like BF3, Crysis 2, & Skyrim (with texture mods). If i had a 5870 with 2gb i wouldnt even consider upgrading this year!(this october it'll be 3 years, the best hardware investment ever on this graphics card!)

So is it safe to say a 3gb model of the 680 GTX would stay with me for 3 years considering the slump in graphically intensive games? I just need 30-60 fps @ max in game settings and im happy, can u see the 680 GTX doing that in 3 years @ 1080p resolution? If i sell my 5870 for $160-$200, that'll just be $350 for a 3gb 680 GTX, so only $120 a year if its staying 3 years, which quite frankly is a steal!

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
 

poohbear

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Wow sweet! Ok that looks like my new baby, i plan on upgrading end of summer, so hopefully more options will be available then! Should handle everything thrown @ it until summer 2015!:)

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I wouldn't count on games being too much more demanding at any given res than they are now.

There has been only about one game per year that really pushes a PC. The most demanding games right now are Crysis: Warhead (2008), Metro 2033 (2010) and BF3 (2011)

Unless something significantly changes with developers, a GTX680 will be quite good for 1080p for quite some time. Even a 5850 isn't BAD for 1080p right now. Though it will struggle with anything that uses tesselation, it's far from un-usable.

Next gen consoles are said to be using something on the order of an AMD 6650 / 6670, so as long as consoles are a significant chunk of what are developed for, games will remain pretty stagnant on technology except for 1 or 2 per year designed as PC killers.
 

blastingcap

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Depends on how strong future consoles will be. The rumors are "not strong" right now, but we don't know that for sure. Yet.
 

SickBeast

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3 years is a long time. I could see it lasting 2 years no problem. In 3 years the GTX 680 will be dwarfed by the technology available at that time.
 

aaksheytalwar

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3 years is a long time. I could see it lasting 2 years no problem. In 3 years the GTX 680 will be dwarfed by the technology available at that time.

This. If you are on a budget then get a gtx 560 ti 448 for sub $200 now and save the rest to upgrade after a year after selling the old card.
 

SickBeast

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Some people are saying Big Kepler is coming out this year, which would make the GTX 680 very obsolete very fast.
 

SickBeast

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OP as an example the GTX 480 came out 2 years ago, and it's still pretty good as a gaming card.
 

railven

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I think it all depends on what you can sustain. I had an HD 5870 for two years and it was getting long on the tooth for two games (specifically) but aside those, I can still churn out 60 FPS if I played with the settings.

I now have an HD 7970 (and those two games aren't any issue anymore), but I'd say my card will handle another 2 years easily (my new set buying cycle, might shift to 3 if Intel really does go to a 3 year tick-tock.)

Anyways, any card can last you x-amount of time if you are willing to sacrifice the eye-candy. I got the GF a GTX 680, she had a GTX 460 before, she is loving it. So far no negatives I can think of. 2 years should be easy, 3, not sure how development cycles will shift but if we continue with this console port stagnation, I can picture it lasting longer. I still got friends using a 8800 GTS for most games. Who'd have thunk it.
 

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The pace is slowing down with die shrinks every 2 years now. I would be inclined to wait for a 4GB model if you want to keep it that long.
 

toyota

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it will be time for a gpu upgrade anyway by the time more than 2gb of vram is needed at 1920x1080. plus we already see that at playbale settings for a gtx680 that more than 2gb of vram is not even needed at 2560.
 

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Unless games are written in 64bit, I wouldn't count on it in the next few years. (especially with rumors of next gen consoles not coming out til 2015)

The GPU memory and addressing has nothing to do with the OS? The only thing that memory effects is the eye candy.
 

jacktesterson

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I don't agree with Sick Beat.

5870 is over 3 yrs old now and can still push almost any single Monitor at 1080p just fine.

And not to mention, we are really slowing down with the development of games.

People just are not demanding high end graphics, except for a select group, which is mostly the people here :)


There are still Millions of people out there who think PS3 Games look awesome.
 

jacktesterson

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That being said, I've always been a Mid GPU guy.

I recommend going with a 560 Ti/7850 now. In 2-3 years time, it may start to show its age, but so will a 680.
 

toyota

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That being said, I've always been a Mid GPU guy.

I recommend going with a 560 Ti/7850 now. In 2-3 years time, it may start to show its age, but so will a 680.
no need for a new post when you can simply edit the other one you just made.


I prefer 2nd or 3rd single gpu card from the top when possible. that seems to be where the most value is while still getting a fast gpu. for this new generation its just not going to be worth upgrading for people looking for any value at all though.
 

poohbear

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This. If you are on a budget then get a gtx 560 ti 448 for sub $200 now and save the rest to upgrade after a year after selling the old card.

Erm, my 5870 is going on 3 years & it handles everything fine, upgrading to a gtx 560ti 448 would'nt be much of an upgrade. 5870 performs on par with a 6950. 3 years in PC industry isnt what it used to be, all the hardware focus has shifted to mobile, PCs have plateaued. If next gen consoles rumored specs are true, then its definitely gonna last 3 years. The extra vram is for hd textures, thats it.

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SickBeast

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Guys the 5870 is an anomaly, and the GTX 680 doubles its performance easily.

By your logic I could argue that my GTX 460 is still a decent midrange card but really there are options now that would double my performance for $200.

The consoles are going to bring on new demands and will hopefully encourage some new GPU developments. I don't think it's safe to think that a GPU will last for 3 years and still be able to run games maxed out.

Can a 5870 max out Battlefield 3 on ultra at 1920x1080? I doubt it.
 

poohbear

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That being said, I've always been a Mid GPU guy.

I recommend going with a 560 Ti/7850 now. In 2-3 years time, it may start to show its age, but so will a 680.

U recommend i "upgrade" to a 7850 from a 5870? Ok thanks, but that would be a downgrade. The 5870 performs the same as a 6950.

My 5870 runs BF3 @ 1080 in ultra with no AA & i avg 40-60fps depending on the map/scene. Its a beast! Im basically buying the 680 gtx to enable AA.:p

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toyota

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U recommend i "upgrade" to a 7850 from a 5870? Ok thanks, but that would be a downgrade. The 5870 performs the same as a 6950.

My 5870 runs BF3 @ 1080 in ultra with no AA & i avg 40-60fps depending on the map/scene. Its a beast! Im basically buying the 680 gtx to enable AA.:p

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in BF 3, a gtx680 would almost double your framerate over the 5870. that would be nice for those that do want to get 60fps, run AA and/or run vsync. although I guess for mulitplayer that vsync might not be a concern for most.
 
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RaistlinZ

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IMO, it's not worth upgrading unless you're getting double the performance of what you had. The 680 will give you that. Just take a look at these screens:


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