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A single 680 is about the same performance as SLI 580s.
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Wow, no, seriously.... 680 are just one year generation ahead of 580, this is also about marketing and renewing the offer each year, frankly I think you're mistaken here. Check the link to the Guru3d benches 580s are beasts, there's no way 2 580s beat a 680. But you may be right on the VRAM thing, that's what bothers me.
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Whatever happened to "Buy the fastest single card you can right now and then SLI/Crossfire later when it's not enough because the price will have fallen considerably?"

That theory has been mostly thrown out the window it seems... frown.gif Single card does have its advantages, but there isn't a single GPU card out there that can beat SLI 580's or even come close. My vote is for a second 580 if your single 580 won't play games at the settings and framerates you'd like.
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I would sli the 580's that is what im after also but finding one with a waterblock that will match mine has come difficult.

And at 950 core i play bf-3 maxed with hbao on and get 77 fps constant

2 580's> only thing that beats it atm is 690 and 7990 and not by much
You might run outta vram thought if going a huge resolution if your card was a 3gb model it would be better but like mine it isn't frown.gif
Edited by solar0987 - 11/28/12 at 1:29pm
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Ah, my bad. I didn't see that it was only the 1.5GB version. I was unfamiliar with that card so I did a quick Google and it linked me to a 3GB version of the Asus card.

Anyway, it all depends on what games/programs you run 95% of the time, and what you plan on running, and more importantly your wallet. Sure, a new 4GB 680 would be nice, and you might be able to get half way there by selling your existing card. But unless you want to be down during the time that will be needed to sell the old one and order the new one, you might have to front all the cash first.

Also, unless you are a Folder and/or water cooler, you may look to the new 680 anyway. They run cooler and quieter (on fans).

Your 850 watt PSU should be able to handle either the SLI'd 580 or a 680 with ease, so that isn't an issue.

But when it comes down to it, it really depends on what games/programs you wanna run, and how many monitors you really plan on running at once.

As much as I love my 580's, if I only had the 1.5GB version and didn't do Folding@Home, I would have sold my card for a loss and picked up a new card, especially if I was only running 1 monitor, which I don't.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 11/28/12 at 1:33pm
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Wow, no, seriously.... 680 are just one year generation ahead of 580, this is also about marketing and renewing the offer each year, frankly I think you're mistaken here. Check the link to the Guru3d benches 580s are beasts, there's no way 2 580s beat a 680. But you may be right on the VRAM thing, that's what bothers me.

Well, on release my single stock 680 (barely) beat my (slightly) overclocked SLI 570s in Heaven. I also got a good increase in min FPS too in most if not all games(5+).
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They don't beat or match the 580 SLI, but they are closer than you would probably think.

My old highly overclocked 480 SLI setup only scored 2000 points more on the GPU score than my single 670. So there is definitely still a significant gap. That being said, the 670 setup of mine runs things much smoother, quieter, and with WAY less power draw. lol.

That being said, an overclocked 680 would likely match or beat a stock 580 SLI setup. But screw stock, lol.
480 SLI! (Click to show)
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Single 670: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/3587635
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only 2000 points? Thats a 20% difference.....
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only 2000 points? Thats a 20% difference.....

Yeah, that's why I said it was still significant...
 
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post #29 of 33
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Whatever happened to "Buy the fastest single card you can right now and then SLI/Crossfire later when it's not enough because the price will have fallen considerably?"
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Yeah... That's exactly why I purchased my Matrix in the first place, now the only inconvenient is that the next generation has noticeably increased the VRAM demand. There was no difference of VRAM between the 480s and the 580s.... When I purchased my Matrix I wanted to go for an MSI Lightning XE (3gb) first but they were already out of stock everywhere...
So now for the same amount of money I can go SLI or sell my Matrix and buy myself a 680 with 4gb... Uugh this annoys me lol.
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As much as I love my 580's, if I only had the 1.5GB version and didn't do Folding@Home, I would have sold my card for a loss and picked up a new card, especially if I was only running 1 monitor, which I don't.

Yeah, that's pretty much the dilemma...

So what's a good 4gb 680 to purchase?

The EVGA Classified is completely out of stock everywhere in my country so let's forget it. I quickly looked for the 4gb ones, there's the EVGA FTW+, a Gigabyte SC, one Asus direct CUII (3-slot like mine), and one MSI Twin Frozr III 4gb that seem interesting.

But the fact is, I can't find one single review for the 4GB 690 cards anywhere, except for the EVGA classified. None of the 4gb 680s are reviewed, that's odd?

So my choice by default would be an MSI Twin Frozr III because I know that those are in general very good.

One thing I don't understand, if anyone can explain me, is how come the MSI GTX680 Lightning (2gb) is roughly the same price as the MSI GTX680 Twin Frozr III 4GB? They have the exact same board, layout and cooling system. I know the lightning is excellent for overclocking but what are those overclocking features that justify being sold the same price as one other card with the double of VRAM?

In addition, if - IF - I go for a 680, then what model would y'all suggest me then? (Please don't tell me to go for a 670, I can afford a few bucks more for a 680 and I prefer - thanks).
Edited by DaGoat - 11/28/12 at 2:38pm
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That being said, an overclocked 680 would likely match or beat a stock 580 SLI setup. But screw stock, lol.

Yeah screw stock indeed, but if I go SLI we're talking 580s with a good OC...The Asus Matrix is an overcloking beast biggrin.gif

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx580_matrix/
Edited by DaGoat - 11/28/12 at 2:40pm
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