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Got this single MSI 680 here...and it does better in most games than BOTH of my old 6970s in crossfire ever did; save for a few games like Crysis 1. Ironically, though, I'm pushing 50-60fps in Crysis 2 maxed out with 2xAA, and was getting 40fps and lower. Obviously all Physx games perform flat out better, but most games overall, my single 680 outperforms my old dualies.

Sorry, was just expecting a step down in performance going from 2 cards to one:P

Can't wait to get 680 #2.

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It's hands down the best card of this gen. Why so surprised? thumb.gif
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I went from CF HD5870 to single GTX480 and was happy biggrin.gif.

Games played so much smoother on the GTX480 as the minimum fps in-game didnt drop as low as it did on the CF HD5870, benchmarks though..the CF HD5870 won obviously, but in-game, the Nvidia played better thumb.gif

Im so jealous right now, i cant afford a GTX 680 or 670 to be honest, but i managed to squeeze to a second 480 and i do like the extra GPU power....just a shame i need a stock of plutonium at home before i can go on a long gaming sesh tongue.gif

When you buying more? wink.gif
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CF and SLI is still a joke in my opinion. After 3 builds of having it, I gave it up. The microstuttering makes it feel like you are getting lower FPS than you actually are which makes single cards feel smoother even at much lower FPS. Not to mention a single card is much more reliable when it comes to drivers. This might be why you are so amazed with the cards performance, because you adjusted to microstuttering and started thinking that's how games should be. I know that's what happened with me.

I know lots will argue that this is false, but hey if they can't notice it then more power to them, doesn't mean that microsuttering doesn't exist. I will never build a CF/SLI system again. Glad you enjoy the 680, I love mine too.
Edited by Murlocke - 9/12/12 at 11:58am
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I had 480 SLI. It was a nightmare. Had to buy an all new PSU just to keep up.

The 680 is about as powerful as 480 SLI and runs way cooler and quieter. You should definitely upgrade.
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^ LOL so true. I blew up 2 Corsair HX850s trying to power SLi 480's.
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CF and SLI is still a joke in my opinion. After 3 builds of having it, I gave it up. The microstuttering makes it feel like you are getting lower FPS than you actually are which makes single cards feel smoother even at much lower FPS. Not to mention a single card is much more reliable when it comes to drivers. This might be why you are so amazed with the cards performance, because you adjusted to microstuttering and started thinking that's how games should be. I know that's what happened with me.
I know lots will argue that this is false, but hey if they can't notice it then more power to them, doesn't mean that microsuttering doesn't exist. I will never build a CF/SLI system again. Glad you enjoy the 680, I love mine too.

Would you even recommend a second 680?
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I recall Tomshardware making a test where micro stutter is significantly reduced when you run with 3 cards vs only 2.

Anyhow, I've run SLi since 2006 and 3-way SLi since 2009 in every build and the problems I've encountered can be counted on one hand. Often I think it's about sticking with a driver that just works and don't update it until you really have to. I've tried measuring micro stutter via FRAPS between different drivers and some are certainly better than other when it's about SLi. I'm not going back to a single card solution anytime soon.
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I recall Tomshardware making a test where micro stutter is significantly reduced when you run with 3 cards vs only 2.

Anyhow, I've run SLi since 2006 and 3-way SLi since 2009 in every build and the problems I've encountered can be counted on one hand. Often I think it's about sticking with a driver that just works and don't update it until you really have to. I've tried measuring micro stutter via FRAPS between different drivers and some are certainly better than other when it's about SLi. I'm not going back to a single card solution anytime soon.
how do you measure stutter with fraps?
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how do you measure stutter with fraps?

You have to use Fraps to log the frametimes and do some math (or have Excel do it for you) thumb.gif
    
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