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I've got a 590 for now. Based on where everything stands now I have two options:

A: Buy an AX1200 and another 590 and SLI.. err or Quad SLI

B: Wait for Kepler and SLI 680/780s and hope I can do it with my AX850 or upgrade to AX1200.

I'm not against the PSU upgrade at all. If I could avoid it then more power to me.

Just curious what others think. I could pull the trigger on a 590 now but I'm kind of hoping running 680/780s in SLI would be a better setup.

Any thoughts?
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I've got a 590 for now. Based on where everything stands now I have two options:
A: Buy an AX1200 and another 590 and SLI.. err or Quad SLI
B: Wait for Kepler and SLI 680/780s and hope I can do it with my AX850 or upgrade to AX1200.
I'm not against the PSU upgrade at all. If I could avoid it then more power to me.
Just curious what others think. I could pull the trigger on a 590 now but I'm kind of hoping running 680/780s in SLI would be a better setup.
Any thoughts?

You could always go for a 7970 CF together they probably use as much power as your gtx590 and will perform circles around it. Though I would wait for Nvidia to drop their new cards. Though if their cards end up like the gtx4xx then I'll pass, my system pulls 300 watts idleing at the desktop so... mad.gif


A overclocked 7970 pretty much = a gtx590
Crossfire scales better then sli so even with gtx590 quad sli, the 7970 CF will still run circles around it.
Quad SLI is crap, I would avoid it like the plague, if anything pop in a gtx580 and run a tri sli. Though 1.5gb of v-ram is limiting so you might just want to wait for a better setup.
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Wait for Kepler without a doubt. You should be able to get close to 590 performance out of a single GPU, and should be able to SLI two Keplers on the 850W and have similar performance to the quad SLI 590s without the issues of running quad SLI.
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My question to you is what do you play and at what resolution? That will dictate your next steps.
 
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You could always go for a 7970 CF together they probably use as much power as your gtx590 and will perform circles around it. Though I would wait for Nvidia to drop their new cards. Though if their cards end up like the gtx4xx then I'll pass, my system pulls 300 watts idleing at the desktop so... mad.gif
A overclocked 7970 pretty much = a gtx590
Crossfire scales better then sli so even with gtx590 quad sli, the 7970 CF will still run circles around it.
Quad SLI is crap, I would avoid it like the plague, if anything pop in a gtx580 and run a tri sli. Though 1.5gb of v-ram is limiting so you might just want to wait for a better setup.

Really don't care for the 7970. I mean.. In BF3 benchmarks, when the 7970 is compared to the 580 it only usually has a less than 10 FPS gain in performance. That really isn't the leap I would expect after dropping so much money. I'll be buying the new cards out of pocket and then selling the old 590 to see how much I can make up.

If Kepler is half of what it's supposed to be I'd be set.
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Wait for Kepler without a doubt. You should be able to get close to 590 performance out of a single GPU, and should be able to SLI two Keplers on the 850W and have similar performance to the quad SLI 590s without the issues of running quad SLI.

See I remember reading somewhere the TDP of Kepler. Of course I can only take that with a grain of salt. I'm going to buy 2 the day they are released.. I'm just trying to figure out if I should buy the new PSU or just hope it works smile.gif
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My question to you is what do you play and at what resolution? That will dictate your next steps.

BF3 basically. Don't foresee playing anything else.

Right now it's 1080p but that's because when trying to play BF3 in surround I don't get the FPS and smoothness I want.

I could turn my settings off Ultra and turn off AA but I hate the way it looks. The jagged edges drive me nuts. The only thing I turn off motion blur.

Have been sort of hoping 680/780 SLI would be enough to keep everything like I want and have the FPS I like.
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BF3 basically. Don't foresee playing anything else.
Right now it's 1080p but that's because when trying to play BF3 in surround I don't get the FPS and smoothness I want.
I could turn my settings off Ultra and turn off AA but I hate the way it looks. The jagged edges drive me nuts. The only thing I turn off motion blur.
Have been sort of hoping 680/780 SLI would be enough to keep everything like I want and have the FPS I like.

Most benchmarks have sli 570s = to a 590.

I went from sli 570s to xfire 7970s so that I could play BF3 in ultra across 3 screens. In ultra, FXAA high, 0xMSAA, blur off, I get approx 50-70fps in eyefinity, both in MP and SP.

My advice to you is if you plan on sticking with only 1 monitor, stay with the 590 until the high end kepler comes out. If you have the itch to play BF3 across 3 screens, then 7970s in xfire is the only way to go. I wouldn't go quadfire b/c scaling is terrible and if you think driver issues are bad with 2 cards, 4 cards are hell.
 
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BF3 basically. Don't foresee playing anything else.
Right now it's 1080p but that's because when trying to play BF3 in surround I don't get the FPS and smoothness I want.
I could turn my settings off Ultra and turn off AA but I hate the way it looks. The jagged edges drive me nuts. The only thing I turn off motion blur.
Have been sort of hoping 680/780 SLI would be enough to keep everything like I want and have the FPS I like.

yeah, biggest problem with you card is the 1.5gb of V-RAM.

Also the thing with BF3 and the 7970 is most likely a driver issue, but the card has no problem running eyefinity. While the card right now only has a slight boost in fps in BF3, the smoothness is by far improved. I got to test out a 7970 setup and there is no frame drops EVER. While its perfectly smooth on my setup, almost every nvidia owner has the lag every now and then.

If kepler doesn't disappoint then I will probably go with that, but I will not use it if they don't come close to the 7970's power usage. Though by the time Nvidia cards launch, one could just wait for the 8900 series to drop with XDR2 RAM what should be around the end of the year or early next year.
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Another 590 is definitely not the answer here to do BF3 across three screens with AA. The problem is your 1.5GB of RAM, and you won't be adding any by adding another 590.

Honestly I'd wait for Kepler, or sell the 590 and grab a couple of 6970's ... I bet a pair of those will run BF3 on three screens on Ultra with some AA.
    
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Like everyone is saying, wait for Kepler. I know you said you don't want to lower your settings in BF3 but to be honest from Ultra to High has very little effect and if you drop the AA stuff and use the FXAA injection for now, it looks way better IMHO. Your card is no doubt a very good card but running nvidia surround is very taxing on vram. I run nvidia surround and my vram (1.2gb) is maxed out every second. Nothing against AMD cards but with the new cards so close it would be wise to wait and see what they offer.

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