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post #21 of 30
Single 7970. Should o/c easily to 1125. At that point it will be faster than sli 480s with more ram to boot.
 
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post #22 of 30
Wow 2 GTX480's SLI are a monster thumb.gif nice you have it and pls think carefully when you're upgrading them since their performance is great thumb.gif but ofcourse when comes down to efficiency (billing) a single card is better then dual cards.
Edited by neoroy - 2/16/12 at 9:14am
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Originally Posted by pinealogik View Post

To be honest, I'm tired of the noise and the heat. I would rather have a single card (with dual GPU or not) that just run cooler and make less noise. I got my eye on the 590 now, but not sure :S

The 590 is pretty silent thanks to its axial fan design rather than the radial fan design.
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4239/36080.png

On auto fan, it will not go above 50% ingames and the GPUs will be somewehre around 86°C.

I pumped my fan up to 70% with custom fan profile (which should still be WAY quieter than a single GTX 480) and GPUs are around 76°C which is a pretty good temp.
I imagine your 480s on stock fans run at about 90 degrees if not more.

Also, heres a noise comparison between the 590 and the 6990: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjUGrJfpGuE
Youll see how silent the card is.

As for performance, you wont see a gain. Stock for stock, the 590 should be dead even with two 480s.
Edited by toX0rz - 2/15/12 at 11:57am
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post #24 of 30
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Hey, what about the new GTX 680? You guys think it would be better, or slightly better than 2x 480? biggrin.gif
    
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In terms of raw FPS, no single GPU is going to be 'faster' than 2 480's in SLI. Even a 590 (all games) or 6990 (many games) would on average be a little slower, actually.

However, when it comes to max playable settings, a 7970 or 680 is going to very comparable. The reason being is that lower FPS is smoother on a single card than it is on a SLI setup. 30fps on one card 'feels' more like 45fps in SLI, 40fps on one card plays very much like 60fps in SLI, and so on.

So while your benchmark/raw fps numbers would certainly dip, in terms of the gameplay experience, I doubt you'll actually 'notice' too much difference in terms of the maximum settings you can get away with running if you went with one of the flagship current generation cards.
    
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post #26 of 30
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Cool thanks,

Have you guys seen any benchmark like 480 SLI versus 680 SLI? Can't seem to find those!
    
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post #27 of 30
Just look at 570 SLI benchmarks, 480 SLI performs about the same.
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post #28 of 30
No. The closest single GPU I think is the 580 since it is just essentially a 480 with all CUDA cores unlocked.
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Personally, after running SLI & CF for quite a while, I don't see having a need for more than one gpu for many reasons, especially at only 1080P. #1 micro-stuttering, very noticeble when you've been gaming competitively for over 5 years now. #2 power efficiency, negligible in the case of the new GCN arc, but still. #3 driver issues, nuff said.

This is why I'm "downgrading" to a GTX680 as soon as they are back in stock. Should net higher FPS in single card situations, and allow me to SAVE A TON of power due to the fact that the only reason I still have my 2nd card is for the 3rd monitor I run.
post #30 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by pinealogik View Post

Hey, what about the new GTX 680? You guys think it would be better, or slightly better than 2x 480? biggrin.gif

Do what i did, grab a pair of Antec 620's slap them on and enjoy the silence and performance.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod/0_50
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