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I'm in the same boat. I want to get a 680 or 7970 but Im On 1600x1900 monitor. I don't think I would be doing it justice unless I step up to 1080 atleast.
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I take it you meant 1600x900? It's overkill if you plan to stay on that resolution. My GTX260 plays fairly well on 1680x1050, and 1600x900 is almost 20% smaller than that. Then again, if you're like me, buying a new graphics card maybe every 3 or 4 years, it's good to be future proof and get the best you can afford.
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Yeah, about every 4 to 5 years is when I get one. I see a decent sale on Asus monitors going on now at new egg. $179 U.S. for 24 inch 1080p. I might pick one of those up. tongue.gif
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The 2GB Gigabyte GTX 680 Windforce 3X that I first ordered arrived today. So annoying to have to put it back in the box for returning and wait for the Phantom 4GB. drool.gif

To be honest I can't wait. I've never owned a high-end card like this, so I'm really looking forward to it redface.gif

At least Skyrim arrived, so I can test it out on my GTX 260 while I wait biggrin.gif
post #45 of 52
One Gtx 580 on 1920x1200, GTx 580 SLi for above 1080p gaming. One question remains, WHo needs overkill when increasingly more companies are porting games to PC. Unless ur rich going high-end in the tech world is unnecessary. My system runs everything out there perfectly for my resolution, Costs under $1500 and I can spend more on the Samsung Galaxy S3 smile.gif
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Congrats on your purchase, man ... hope you enjoy it!

However, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that when all is said and done, and the benches are all in for the 2GB vs the 4GB version of this card, it will be discovered that the only way the 4GB provides an advantage will be running Metro2033 on an SLI setup, with the game completely maxed out at like 7680x1440 ... in which case it'll be the difference between running 4xMSAA at a barely playable 30fps vs. running AAA at a much more playable 40fps. Something like that.

As it stands now, even at 5760x1200, the SLI 680 2GB cards beat out the 3GB 7970 XF in terms of max playable settings in everything that [H]ardOCP tested them on ...

I mean, if you got the bucks to throw around, AWESOME, man. I'm envious. And as long as the 4gb versions aren't lot more expensive than the 2's, why the hell not get 'em, right? I'm just saying ... you're going to be really hard-pressed to create a scenario where you actually NEED the 4GB version without the following:

a) having a HUGE resolution, and
b) having two (or more) of them in SLI

At least not with any game that's out there presently thumb.gif
    
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post

Congrats on your purchase, man ... hope you enjoy it!
However, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that when all is said and done, and the benches are all in for the 2GB vs the 4GB version of this card, it will be discovered that the only way the 4GB provides an advantage will be running Metro2033 on an SLI setup, with the game completely maxed out at like 7680x1440 ... in which case it'll be the difference between running 4xMSAA at a barely playable 30fps vs. running AAA at a much more playable 40fps. Something like that.
As it stands now, even at 5760x1200, the SLI 680 2GB cards beat out the 3GB 7970 XF in terms of max playable settings in everything that [H]ardOCP tested them on ...
I mean, if you got the bucks to throw around, AWESOME, man. I'm envious. And as long as the 4gb versions aren't lot more expensive than the 2's, why the hell not get 'em, right? I'm just saying ... you're going to be really hard-pressed to create a scenario where you actually NEED the 4GB version without the following:
a) having a HUGE resolution, and
b) having two (or more) of them in SLI
At least not with any game that's out there presently thumb.gif

^this! I game on the 2gb 680s cards at 5760x1080 and I couldn't agree with this more...

If you do happen to encounter a situation where you're getting close, or you think you're maxing it and it's lowering your fps, then just turn AA down a notch... Better yet, use post processing AA, instead. biggrin.gif

My questions:
1. Are there any disadvantages to adding a second card? Can it be easily disabled in games where it's not supported/needed? Microstuttering?

A tad bit louder. More heat output (prepare for a small space heater, hehe). More power consumption. Some games may not have SLI support (if you're running really obscure games, possibly). Yes, SLI can be disabled. I haven't noticed any microstutter with my SLI 680s. If you have any issues, you've added another component to troubleshoot, just sayin'.

2. Will the 2GB of VRAM possibly hold me back? Will run Skyrim a lot, with mods, so I'm thinking it might...

No, not of if you do it right. Just be smart with your mods and AA. Don't go loading 4k mods on things like bugs and you'll be fine. Run a texture optimizer when you can, and on things that don't have to be super-high res... lol In short, just use some common sense about what you're loading high res packs for, and pay attention to what is _in_ your data folder. This is all stuff one should be doing already.
Edited by svthomas - 5/4/12 at 9:56am
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post #48 of 52
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Thanks for clearing up some stuff guys.

I went with the 4GB version for peace of mind, really, more than anything. I've never owned a high-end card before, so when I now finally will, I don't want to be doing too many compromises. Also, I love my AA. biggrin.gif Never really had the GPU power to use much of it, though

I'm testing Skyrim now on the GTX 260, and it's an awesome game - like we all know! Looks pretty sweet too, though I'm on vanilla install and using the settings that the game recommended for my system (high, mostly):

375

375

375

375

Needs some AA, but really not bad. One can ask oneself why the heck anyone would spend money on a GTX 680 when my puny GTX 260 at stock speeds can do this.. rolleyes.gif
post #49 of 52
Don't expect skyrim to look much better then that even after you add your 680 thats about as good as the game looks.
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