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Hi, I am still quite new to OCN but I just needed some advice on upgrades that I am currently planning to purchase. It was only 2 years ago that I bought my first rig and it is starting to show some of its age. I recently purchased a 120Hz 1080p monitor and it was a big step up from my old 1680x1050 60Hz monitor but my current GPU can't muster the FPS to really enjoy some games.

I want to take full advantage of my new monitor so I was possibly looking into the new GTX 690 (with a new PSU as well). I was originally planning to purchase either a single GTX 680 or a HD 7970 and further pick up another down the road for SLI/CF but by getting the GTX 690, it provides similar performance with all the advantages (temperature, acoustics, similar cost etc.) and I will have the full performance right away. I've seen it in action (and in quad SLI) and it really is a nice looking card plus the performance is great so the price seems somewhat justifiable. I also have the option of going full out with a brand new rig with the GTX 690 but it would still be nice knowing I can use my existing rig as I do not really want to spend so much on top of the new GPU right away. I will probably wait until Ivy Bridge-E is released until I do a full upgrade, possibly including picking up 2 more 120Hz monitors but not for 3D.

First and foremost, does the Crosshair IV Formula support the GTX 690? I did some searching and it seems that the GTX 590 can be used in the CHIV with no problems but i'm not sure if the same applies to the GTX 690. Also, will a GTX 690 be bottlenecked by a 1090T running at 4.0GHz? How much of a performance hit (if any) will I expect running a GTX 690 on the particular motherboard (PCIe 2.0 vs PCIe 3.0)?

Given what I have seen with quad SLI, I probably will not buy another but how long should I expect the card to last? Is 2GB of effective VRAM enough to power 3x 1080p 120Hz displays? Through I personally found no game as of yet really chokes my current card with the exception of a heavily modded Skyrim but would this change with future games? Is it more beneficial to wait for the mystical GK100 to be released? I could also purchase a pair of HD 7970s but I also have seen their performance and despite the raw power, I've experienced multiple problems with the drivers in games.


I apologize if it seems like I'm asking a whole ton of questions but I really just want to make sure my purchase is a good one but any thoughts or suggestions?


Thanks biggrin.gif
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Hi, I am still quite new to OCN but I just needed some advice on upgrades that I am currently planning to purchase. It was only 2 years ago that I bought my first rig and it is starting to show some of its age. I recently purchased a 120Hz 1080p monitor and it was a big step up from my old 1680x1050 60Hz monitor but my current GPU can't muster the FPS to really enjoy some games.
I want to take full advantage of my new monitor so I was possibly looking into the new GTX 690 (with a new PSU as well). I was originally planning to purchase either a single GTX 680 or a HD 7970 and further pick up another down the road for SLI/CF but by getting the GTX 690, it provides similar performance with all the advantages (temperature, acoustics, similar cost etc.) and I will have the full performance right away. I've seen it in action (and in quad SLI) and it really is a nice looking card plus the performance is great so the price seems somewhat justifiable. I also have the option of going full out with a brand new rig with the GTX 690 but it would still be nice knowing I can use my existing rig as I do not really want to spend so much on top of the new GPU right away. I will probably wait until Ivy Bridge-E is released until I do a full upgrade, possibly including picking up 2 more 120Hz monitors but not for 3D.
First and foremost, does the Crosshair IV Formula support the GTX 690? I did some searching and it seems that the GTX 590 can be used in the CHIV with no problems but i'm not sure if the same applies to the GTX 690. Also, will a GTX 690 be bottlenecked by a 1090T running at 4.0GHz? How much of a performance hit (if any) will I expect running a GTX 690 on the particular motherboard (PCIe 2.0 vs PCIe 3.0)?
Given what I have seen with quad SLI, I probably will not buy another but how long should I expect the card to last? Is 2GB of effective VRAM enough to power 3x 1080p 120Hz displays? Through I personally found no game as of yet really chokes my current card with the exception of a heavily modded Skyrim but would this change with future games? Is it more beneficial to wait for the mystical GK100 to be released? I could also purchase a pair of HD 7970s but I also have seen their performance and despite the raw power, I've experienced multiple problems with the drivers in games.
I apologize if it seems like I'm asking a whole ton of questions but I really just want to make sure my purchase is a good one but any thoughts or suggestions?
Thanks biggrin.gif

I believe the GTX 690 is the first card to fully saturate a PCI-E 2.0 bus, so you would want a PCI-E 3.0 board to prevent this. I don't think you would bottleneck on your processor as it is still a decent processor even though it isn't Intel. biggrin.gif

As far as the 3x display goes, VRAM becomes extremely important extremely quickly when you start getting to the ultra high resolutions. With that said the 2GB effective VRAM is a bit weak. I haven't seen any reviews of the card at ultra high resolution, but considering a GTX 580 had a 3GB option, I am shocked with the GTX 690 configuration.

EDIT: I found some benchmarks, as I suspected the VRAM limitation of the 690 posed an issue at ultra high resolutions.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5805/nvidia-geforce-gtx-690-review-ultra-expensive-ultra-rare-ultra-fast/5
Edited by PostalTwinkie - 5/9/12 at 11:03pm
    
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