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1x GTX 680 or 2x MSI GTX 560 Ti HAWK?

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Hey guys, which one is better, the SLI or a single GTX 680? Remember I will be running the two 560 Ti at 1000Mhz on core clock. Taking 3DMark as reference, the P score using a HAWK SLI@1000Mhz is about 9500~10000. And the GTX 680 at the stock clocks is about 9450 points. So, the SLI would be the best choice using 3DMark as reference, but we all know this is all about games, so let's take a look in two games in special (Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3), how is the score of the SLI and the single GTX 680 from Guru3D website:

GTX 680 stock clocks (Battlefield 3) - 1920x1200 Ultra mode 4xMSAA HBAO:

57fps


GTX 680 stock clocks (Crysis 2) - 1920x1200 Ultra quality settings 4xAA High Res:

63fps


Now let's take a look at the GTX 560 Ti SLI performance, REMEMBERING: the tests below were made using the stock clocks of the GTX 560 Ti that are very very low comparing with 1000Mhz on core clock!

SLI GTX 560 Ti stock clocks (Battlefield 3) - 1920x1200 Ultra mode 4xMSAA HBAO:

56fps


SLI GTX 560 Ti stock clocks (Crysis 2) - 1920x1200 Ultra quality settings 4xAA High Res:

64fps


Looks like they are head to head, but again, they are about the same performance in games both at stock clocks, but we all gotta remember the models available on the market of the GTX 680 are only the reference ones, so the possibility of overclocking my GTX 680 would be zero at the moment. Temperatures here using my GTX 560 Ti HAWK at 1000Mhz are 33ºC idle and 70ºC full load. Reforcing again, these tests were made using both stock clocks of the cards. With mines 560 Ti at 1000Mhz I would be gaining a lot of performance comparing to the stock GTX 680, so the common think is ''just overclock the GTX 680!''. I can't do that because they are only the reference model with a **** cooler or my temps would get higher than 90ºC!

I really don't know what to do, that's why I created this thread, at the same time I look to GTX 680 and think a future SLI would be awesome, or think at the new technology and stuff...But I'm priorizing performance, I mean, the higher the FPS the better!
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post #2 of 32
I would give the advantage to the 680. It has 2GB Vram, and no doubt if you're thinking about purchasing stuff, I would always go for the best single card solution I could afford. Just my 2cents.gif
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Gtx680 will destroy anyother card right now out in the market.
Go with evga gtx680 superclocked.
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Single 680 always.
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post #5 of 32
Another vote for the 680.
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post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by 2thAche View Post

Single 680 always.

And the performance from Guru3D tests? They all shows the SLI making higher FPS...
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If money is no object, and you currently do not own one of the GTX 560's then hands down I would go with a GTX 680. If you currently own one of the 560's and you want to save money and have great performance close to the GTX680, then go for the 560 and wait for GK110 (Or something better than GTX680) before dropping $500 on a card. My two cents.
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post #8 of 32
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If money is no object, and you currently do not own one of the GTX 560's then hands down I would go with a GTX 680. If you currently own one of the 560's and you want to save money and have great performance close to the GTX680, then go for the 560 and wait for GK110 (Or something better than GTX680) before dropping $500 on a card. My two cents.

I actually own one 560 Ti, the money is not problem at the moment, I'm looking for the best performance (FPS) and the SLI looks like is winning rolleyes.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ViTosS View Post

I actually own one 560 Ti, the money is not problem at the moment, I'm looking for the best performance (FPS) and the SLI looks like is winning rolleyes.gif

I had twin 560 tis in sli before I got my 680(and second on the way as we speak), the sli setup definitely had a few more fps, even though my gtx 680 got a better score in 3dmark, but don't think you're gonna be running them at 1000mhz, I could run both of mine at 995mhz, but when sli'd they'd only hit 945 stable. They are definitely a monster setup though for pretty cheap, I sold both of mine for $265!
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I only recommend SLi in these situations if money is an issue. If its not, your experience will most likely be much better with a single card solution. wink.gif
     
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