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post #21 of 27
kepler is so close that it is simple that you should wait. otherwise grab 7970 if you are in an epic hurry.
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3) Buy an EVGA 580 and use the upgrade program to go with Kepler when it drops.

This would be a horrible decision for a couple reasons. You are not guaranteed that the Kepler card you're waiting for will even be on the Step-Up list. There's also a waiting list for Stepping Up, so even if the card is listed, you may be looking at a longer wait time than just the release date. You also have to pay the difference based on the full MSRP of the new card. Lastly, EVGA's warranty isn't the best for high end cards, IMO. Most people that buy higher end equipment end up selling it after a year or two and EVGA's warranty dies with the original owner. MSI and Asus are better for that reason, IMO.
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This would be a horrible decision for a couple reasons. You are not guaranteed that the Kepler card you're waiting for will even be on the Step-Up list. There's also a waiting list for Stepping Up, so even if the card is listed, you may be looking at a longer wait time than just the release date. You also have to pay the difference based on the full MSRP of the new card. Lastly, EVGA's warranty isn't the best for high end cards, IMO. Most people that buy higher end equipment end up selling it after a year or two and EVGA's warranty dies with the original owner. MSI and Asus are better for that reason, IMO.

This is some great information. EVGA introduced this program after I upgraded the last time and I hadn't been in the loop since.
post #24 of 27
The cards they're releasing are based off of GK104. That isn't nvidia's highest end. The model of the card is 670Ti. Already you should have a picture of how it will perform tbh. The only uncertainty here is how they will price it.

I expect performance around the 7950/70 for a similar to 7950/70 price at BEST. GK110 will come out in 6 months and blow everything away, but by then Sea Islands will be around the corner.

Remember, its GK104. This won't blow the 7970 away but it won't be much worse. It's nothing special and nvidia have never ever been generous with pricing. The wait will be pointless but in the end its up to you.
post #25 of 27
Don't listen to the horror stories about SLI. Ran it for a long time on x2 580s, and just got rid of my 470's. Ran flawlessly and stupid fast. thumb.gif

Edit: First on a 600w Corsair, and then heavily OC'd on a AX850.. wink.gif
 
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Don't listen to the horror stories about SLI. Ran it for a long time on x2 580s, and just got rid of my 470's. Ran flawlessly and stupid fast. thumb.gif
Edit: First on a 600w Corsair, and then heavily OC'd on a AX850.. wink.gif

See, I hear accounts like this, and then I hear bad accounts and things about micro-stuttering, game profiles, power, heat etc...

I'm just not sure it is worth the hassle. I would honestly think about picking up two 560ti 448 cores(I've become smitten by these) if I could be assured that it wouldn't be a PITA.
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See, I hear accounts like this, and then I hear bad accounts and things about micro-stuttering, game profiles, power, heat etc...
I'm just not sure it is worth the hassle. I would honestly think about picking up two 560ti 448 cores(I've become smitten by these) if I could be assured that it wouldn't be a PITA.

I never really had any of those issues when running SLI. If Microstuttering becomes an issue honestly, just turn Vsync on, then download Bandicam to cap your frames ONE number below your monitors refresh rate. (i.e. 60Hz, set to 59 for FPS cap.) and it'll eliminate input lag, microstuttering, tearing, and all that stuff.

Also, those 448 core Ti's are BEASTS! If you've got the proper airflow and some nice non-reference coolers on those cards, you'll have no issues with heat.
 
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