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GTX 680 /// GTX 570 SLI Trade HELP

Poll Results: Should I trade my GTX 680 (with a waterblock and backplate) FOR 2 x Asus GTX 570 with waterblocks installed?

 
  • 12% (1)
    Yes
  • 87% (7)
    No
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post #1 of 8
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Hello Forum,

I recently bought an Asus GTX 680 and am now somewhat disappointed by the compute capability. I can most certainly live with it (it renders MUCH faster than my CPU) but I have the opportunity of trading my card (with an EK waterblock and backplate) for Asus DCII GTX570 SLI (so 2 cards) with EK waterblocks installed on both cards. Maybe to note is that I need CUDA because OpenCL is not yet fully supported by the CG software I use, so CUDA performance is also important (as well as gaming of course wink.gif )

What I wanted to ask is: does this trade make sense? will the performance increase be significant enough to oversee the "issues" with SLI? I am no expert on GPUs and SLI "issues" so any advice would be very welcome. smile.gif

Thank in advance,
Dave
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post #2 of 8
IMO no its not worth the trade, SLI 570's aren't all that much faster and it will leave you less of an upgrade path for future upgrades (aka SLI 680's). I've never had issues running SLI, so that wouldn't be a particular concern either way.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

IMO no its not worth the trade, SLI 570's aren't all that much faster and it will leave you less of an upgrade path for future upgrades (aka SLI 680's). I've never had issues running SLI, so that wouldn't be a particular concern either way.

okay, because as far as I know a single GTX 570 has about the CUDA performance of 1 680 so I should see an improvement (at least in renders) but yes, I suppose you're right. Thanks for your reply (+ REP)
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post #5 of 8
I'm guessing the one who answered 'yes' is the one who wants to sell you the cards.

Now, I really believe it won't be much of a beneficial trade. You may get better performance for now, but I doubt it will be enough to justify the hassle and the loss you will have when you will want to upgrade.
I think you should wait for the 'Big Kepler', if compute power is what you need. biggrin.gif And the 680 should suffice by then.
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A OCed 680 is near 590/6990 levels....less power and noise....I don't see a single reason why you would do this unless he was adding cash on top of it...the performance and higher power consumption would make this trade a uneven one... now if it was 2 580s...that would make more sense
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Originally Posted by andrei.c View Post

I'm guessing the one who answered 'yes' is the one who wants to sell you the cards.
Now, I really believe it won't be much of a beneficial trade. You may get better performance for now, but I doubt it will be enough to justify the hassle and the loss you will have when you will want to upgrade.
I think you should wait for the 'Big Kepler', if compute power is what you need. biggrin.gif And the 680 should suffice by then.
Actually he told me he would not get involved in this thread smile.gif and what you are saying makes perfect sense. I can also (possibly) get a quadro or tesla card if I really need compute POWWWAAAA thumb.gif
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A OCed 680 is near 590/6990 levels....less power and noise....I don't see a single reason why you would do this unless he was adding cash on top of it...the performance and higher power consumption would make this trade a uneven one... now if it was 2 580s...that would make more sense
Yes, you're right. I was looking into trading for 2 580s with blocks but I would have needed to pay another 260USD cash and that was pushing my budget a little.

Thanks for both your replies and I think I'll be sticking with my 680 smile.gif
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Good choice thumb.gif
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