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Save $100 and get an EVGA GTX 670 FTW which is virtually the same as a 680.

I had one before I sold it (to get a 690), and it was very nice. It ran 60FPS+ average on Crisis 2 with everything maxed at 1920x1080. Only at some times would it drop into the fifties, but I turned the shading to extreme instead of ultra and it never dropped below 60.

Plus, it's very quiet, even under heavy load. My vote goes to the 670 FTW. The difference in performance from a 670 FTW to a 680 is negligible, especially when we're talking about a hundred dollars.

However, if you are even slightly considering SLI at some point, I would encourage you to go for a 690. I honesty don't understand why anyone would do 680 SLI -- for essentially the same price you can get nearly the same performance, less heat, less noise, less space, and higher build quality.

So, those are my 2 cents. If only one card, 670 FTW. If SLI, save up for a 690.
post #12 of 24
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Save $100 and get an EVGA GTX 670 FTW which is virtually the same as a 680.
I had one before I sold it (to get a 690), and it was very nice. It ran 60FPS+ average on Crisis 2 with everything maxed at 1920x1080. Only at some times would it drop into the fifties, but I turned the shading to extreme instead of ultra and it never dropped below 60.
Plus, it's very quiet, even under heavy load. My vote goes to the 670 FTW. The difference in performance from a 670 FTW to a 680 is negligible, especially when we're talking about a hundred dollars.
However, if you are even slightly considering SLI at some point, I would encourage you to go for a 690. I honesty don't understand why anyone would do 680 SLI -- for essentially the same price you can get nearly the same performance, less heat, less noise, less space, and higher build quality.
So, those are my 2 cents. If only one card, 670 FTW. If SLI, save up for a 690.

Of just SLI 670s... Much cheaper, and provides all the power you could ever need with 1 monitor. 690 only if you are going dual monitors or higher than 1920 x 1080.
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The 660ti is actually the best bang-for-buck of the Kepler lot.
    
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Of just SLI 670s... Much cheaper, and provides all the power you could ever need with 1 monitor. 690 only if you are going dual monitors or higher than 1920 x 1080.

I had 670 SLI. Too loud, too much heat.

So, I bought 2 Antec 620s to do "the mod" and water cool both of them.

So instead of spending $820, I've now spent about $950 after buying two Antec 620s and two brackets from Dwood.

$950.. Vs. $1,000.. I think I'll spend the extra $50 and get even better performance, less heat, less noise, less fuss. Absolutely.

I sold my two 670s for $800 on eBay and returned the Antec 620s to Amazon. Thankfully, Dwood hadn't made my 620 brackets yet. So I'm not out a lot of money. But even if I did lose a little, I'd still MUCH rather have a single-card solution. Besides, the 690 is sexy as hell.

And yes, the 660Ti is a great value.
Edited by lukeman3000 - 10/10/12 at 11:55pm
post #15 of 24
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I had 670 SLI. Too loud, too much heat.
So, I bought 2 Antec 620s to do "the mod" and water cool both of them.
So instead of spending $820, I've now spent about $950 after buying two Antec 620s and two brackets from Dwood.
$950.. Vs. $1,000.. I think I'll spend the extra $50 and get even better performance, less heat, less noise, less fuss. Absolutely.
I sold my two 670s for $800 on eBay and returned the Antec 620s to Amazon. Thankfully, Dwood hadn't made my 620 brackets yet. So I'm not out a lot of money. But even if I did lose a little, I'd still MUCH rather have a single-card solution. Besides, the 690 is sexy as hell.
And yes, the 660Ti is a great value.

But seriously, the guy has one monitor. A GTX 690 is way overkill for one monitor unless it is higher than 1080.
post #16 of 24
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But seriously, the guy has one monitor. A GTX 690 is way overkill for one monitor unless it is higher than 1080.

For one, I may upgrade in the future. For two, I don't think it's overkill at all. With my singe 670 FTW, I could not run everything at a solid sixty frames per second. So I got a second one. But I ended up spending as much as a GTX 690. So I sold everything and got a 690 instead.

So, a single GTX 670 FTW does not meet my needs. So the next logical step is to get a second one. Would this also be overkill?

However, two 670 FTWs produce too much heat and noise for my liking. Even if I cool them the cheapest way possible (two Antec 620s and two of Dwood's brackets), it puts me around $950 total. So at this point, it makes much more sense (to me) to spend another $50 (which is trivial at this point) and get a GTX 690 which takes up far less space, produces less heat, less noise, and is actually more powerful.

And it's especially not overkill because I plan on keeping it around for awhile with the 5-year warranty. So as games become more demanding, I'll still be able to comfortably max them out. And that's what I want, the ability to comfortably max out any game while staying well above 60 FPS. When you start upping the resolution and adding monitors, that nice amount of headroom starts to shrink.

Besides, the last time I checked, this was overkill.net.. (or something like that)
Edited by lukeman3000 - 10/11/12 at 8:21am
post #17 of 24
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For one, I may upgrade in the future. For two, I don't think it's overkill at all. Even with my singe 670 FTW, I could not run everything at a solid sixty frames per second. So I got a second one. But I ended up spending as much as a GTX 690. So I sold everything and got a 690 instead.
Besides, this is OCN, last time I checked..

Yeah, it is... but overclocking isn't about adding the most expensive parts to your cart and purchasing.... It is about making the absolute most of what you can afford or what you already have.
post #18 of 24
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Yeah, it is... but overclocking isn't about adding the most expensive parts to your cart and purchasing.... It is about making the absolute most of what you can afford or what you already have.

Yes, but the point I'm trying to make is that what most people do here is likely somewhat unnecessary for real-world use. 1866MHz RAM? Not a big real-world difference from 1600MHz, just as an example.

The bottom line is that you will have a very nice amount of headroom with a GTX 690 and a 1920x1080 monitor, and you even have room to upgrade the monitor(s) if desired. You want to plan for the future, not limit yourself. I'm not saying that two 670s would be "limiting yourself", but if one isn't going to spend money on water cooling, I think that a 690 is the more financially sound decision because it has the power of two 670s, but not the heat, noise, and space that comes with them.

It's only $200 more than two GTX 670 FTWs, and it's virtually the same price as two GTX 680s. But most people probably won't be pleased with the amount of noise they produce, so when you start aftermarket cooling them, you add money quick. So why not just get a simplier, low-fuss solution instead?

For me, a lot of the selling point has to do with the aforementioned benefits. At $1000, the GTX 690 costs as much as two 670 FTW cards with pretty much the cheapest aftermarket water cooling available. So it's a no brainer to me -- just get a 690 instead, don't buy aftermarket cooling, and enjoy the benefits of a single, and in fact, more powerful card.
post #19 of 24
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Yes, but the point I'm trying to make is that what most people do here is likely somewhat unnecessary for real-world use. 1866MHz RAM? Not a big real-world difference from 1600MHz, just as an example.
The bottom line is that you will have a very nice amount of headroom with a GTX 690 and a 1920x1080 monitor, and you even have room to upgrade the monitor(s) if desired. You want to plan for the future, not limit yourself. I'm not saying that two 670s would be "limiting yourself", but if one isn't going to spend money on water cooling, I think that a 690 is the more financially sound decision because it has the power of two 670s, but not the heat, noise, and space that comes with them.
It's only $200 more than two GTX 670 FTWs, and it's virtually the same price as two GTX 680s. But most people probably won't be pleased with the amount of noise they produce, so when you start aftermarket cooling them, you add money quick. So why not just get a simplier, low-fuss solution instead?
For me, a lot of the selling point has to do with the aforementioned benefits. At $1000, the GTX 690 costs as much as two 670 FTW cards with pretty much the cheapest aftermarket water cooling available. So it's a no brainer to me -- just get a 690 instead, don't buy aftermarket cooling, and enjoy the benefits of a single, and in fact, more powerful card.

Anyway, he said his budget was $500. With that budget, 690 is out of the question. It is between 670 and 680. If he is the type to want ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM SETTINGS in every single game and run at a constant 60+ fps, then GTX 680. If he can handle a hand full of games that will want a tiny bit more power, then GTX 670.

I would say if his budget is $500, and he plans to keep using only one monitor, and plans to SLI in the future, then 670. It is a bit cheaper, and SLI 680 will be super overkill on one monitor...
post #20 of 24
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I would love to get a 690. But I don't have $1000 to drop on just a videocard.
(This is the amount I spent on my processor. But I did it for a reason since I find processors to be more important, in the long run, then video cards.)

So let me get this right. Without overclocking the 680 is faster, but after overclocking the 680 and 670 are about the same?
Also if I OC the 670, what reduction in life would the card have when compared to a non OCed 680?
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