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Well GTX 680 is on its way.........replacing two 6870's xfire

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So I managed to grab an Asus off the egg. This is the first time I have spent over $280 on a single card; I bought my 6870's roughly a year apart from each other.

On paper the 6870 in xfire is not far off from what the gtx 680 is doing. However, xifre on these guys is has been nothing short of a headache. I seem to spend more time getting them to work then actually enjoying the games. I gave up on bf3 and resorted to the preset medium option.

Any who Asus is probably not the best brand and it is a no frills reference card, but the wait for stock was killing me. I plan on moving to a decent intel set up within a year so this new card should hold me over for a couple of years.

Think it was a bad idea to go with Asus or a reference board?
post #2 of 10
Nothing wrong with Asus or a ref board, if you decide to watercool later on, the reference board will definitely come in handy if you want a full block.

Gratz with the card, I'm sure you'll be a very happy bunny. biggrin.gif
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Not a bad idea. Stock clocks will still crush modern games and the chip runs so cool that peeps are pushing just as high or close to OCs out of the refs as they are the cooled and phased cards.


Reference GTX 680s should go into the gfx card hall of fame for what they are able to accomplish.

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plz post your results on oyur new card im running 6870's also was thinking about getting gtx 670 tired of crossfire issues myself
post #5 of 10
I'm still rock'n the 6870s in xfire as well and getting that itch to upgrade. Let me know what you think of the GTX 670 vs the 6870s. The only thing that holds me back it I have only a xfire board and my upgrade path would be closed to one card with green team. Plus I have been an AMD supporter since I got into this computer mess and like to support them when I can. I'm really interested in the 7990 when it comes out, but let me know what you guys think. Might have to go back to the dark side of computer gaming.
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gtx is installed. i did not have a lot of time so all i have tried is bf3 single player. the gtx on the ultra settings in single player did not dip below 50 fps, i was usualy in the 60-80 range. my x4 also did well as the gtx was at 99% usage.

the 6870's in single player were able to pull roughly the same fps but only at the high settings.

i think my poor x4 running at 3.6 is enjoying the single card set up. i also think going from one gig of memory on the gpu to two gigs is a help as well.
post #7 of 10
I've struggled with Dual 6870's since BF3 came out.. I loved AMD, but Crossfire could make you insane. Microstutter, choppy gameplay even though the FPS seem high and having to download drivers and application profiles sealed the deal for them.

I popped in my GTX 670 on Friday and will probably never go back to AMD. Smooth install, near silent cooling and the incredible ability to exceed my dual 6870's in every single category. 1920x1280, 4MSAA , everything maxed the hell out. Smooth as butter.

I'll take my nice little OC to 1215 and enjoy gaming, not hoping my crossfire rig will work for enough time for me to enjoy the game before developing stutter or the fans creating a tornado.
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wow just loaded up my favorite 64 player karkand server. my god my x4 pegged the gtx usage in the 90's pretty much the whole time. i did not notice a dip below 40 fps using the preset ultra option. wow i thought for sure i would have to go intel to let the gtx run. just stoked to see this. the temp stayed in the mid 70's and gpu memory usage topped out a little above 1550.
post #9 of 10
I had ywo Sapphire HD 6870, but sold them for a good price. I really liked the setup minus Skyrim stuttering issues. Now I have a GIGABYTE GTX680.
post #10 of 10
With the performance of the 670 so close to the 680 at a reduced price, i'm not sure if the 680 is THEE card to go for at the moment. However, the 680 will still give the most perfomance when clocked high.

What others have said too... Reference is good for after market cooling.
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