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Originally Posted by losttsol View Post

My guess is that would be going sideways or perhaps worse.

Yeah, sounds about right.

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The big thing for me and the reason I dumped my 480s was the micro stutter and heat. The 480s are a special kind of hot. If you have them overvolted they draw a ridiculous amount of electricity to and I'm not even one to worry about power consumption. My 480s were nice cards though, I still have the cooling shells sitting next to me. WIth aftermarket cooling the cards are completely different in terms of heat. It's a shame Nvidia didn't put more thought into the stock heat sink and fan.
    
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I'd say yes..dooo eeet! naow!(or 7970) ph34r-smiley.gif
 
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If I was you I'd go for the 680's. Guaranteed 90-150% performance in games, 90% being things like BF:3 which loves to Munch GPU's, but on things like Batman/Dirt etc you'll be better off with a single GPU. Did I mention NO PROFILES FOR MULTI GPUs. This is a godsend...also much less heat and power consumption smile.gif. You'll get better temps and a MUCH quieter PC.
    
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Hmm I think it would definitely be a side grade. I don't think I have experienced micro stutter but to be honest this is my first SLI set up so I am not even sure I could tell unless it's something really obvious. Selling the 480s seems like a pain, I could always do the Step Up and only have to sell one but that ramps the price up. Not sure, doesn't seem worth it to pay more for more or less the same performance. Sure, less heat, better power consumption and less noise but I don't really care at all about those. I am thinking of just waiting for a bigger upgrade to get rid of my 480s.

Is craigslist the best way to go for selling cards? I am from NJ. I know this site has a marketplace but do you need rep or something before selling items there? I also have a monitor that's only been used a month I gotta get rid off so that could help offset the 680 cost. I got a 120Hz monitor coming my way smile.gif
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Hmm I think it would definitely be a side grade. I don't think I have experienced micro stutter but to be honest this is my first SLI set up so I am not even sure I could tell unless it's something really obvious. Selling the 480s seems like a pain, I could always do the Step Up and only have to sell one but that ramps the price up. Not sure, doesn't seem worth it to pay more for more or less the same performance. Sure, less heat, better power consumption and less noise but I don't really care at all about those. I am thinking of just waiting for a bigger upgrade to get rid of my 480s.
Is craigslist the best way to go for selling cards? I am from NJ. I know this site has a marketplace but do you need rep or something before selling items there? I also have a monitor that's only been used a month I gotta get rid off so that could help offset the 680 cost. I got a 120Hz monitor coming my way smile.gif

Ebay is probabally your best bet. I sold my 480 with an Artic Accelero on it for over 250 dollars. I'll PM you the link if you'd like to see the auction.
    
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post #37 of 55
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You won't see a performance gain. Infact, my money would be on a slight loss. The only good thing about it and why I am considering it, power useage and heat output thumb.gif

I took the slight loss but gained quiet operation, smoother frame rates(no sli), significantly less heat, significantly less power draw, and a one card solution with the potential for SLI.

Yeah....I made the right decision.
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I took the slight loss but gained quiet operation, smoother frame rates(no sli), significantly less heat, significantly less power draw, and a one card solution with the potential for SLI.
Yeah....I made the right decision.

I think you did to. 480s still got decent resale value as well. Like I said earlier selling two of them will basically pay for your 680.
    
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I am also on the edge here trying to figure out what to do with my cards, I have two 480's with AXP's on them and they sit kinda close to each other so the top card gets warm but its ok, not blazing hot, just a solid 7c above the bottom card. I would love to get 250 for them each on ebay and grab a 680 but I really want a solid upgrade not a sidegrade so one on water would be great for me, not trying to thread jack but just looking at that chart my 480's are pretty up there scoring a little over 11k in 3dm11, I really hope the OP goes and grabs one so I can live through your experience lol. Good luck with your decision the facts are all there, hopefully some posts come from owners of the new card.thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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So, should I return my 480s to newegg and get the 680? I believe it would cost me just under $75. Shipping is no concern as I live within thirty miles of the warehouse and can simply drive there on my way to work. I don't know if my original step up plan to some 660 tis/670s is feasible either.

But my biggest concern is would a 680 be a sidegrade? My original plan was to go for the 680, and then newegg had to have a kickass sale on the 480s which is why I bought em.
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