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gtx 570 2way SLI ~VS~ gtx 680 (single)

Poll Results: 570 SLI VS 680

 
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    EVGA GTX 570HD SC (012-P3-1573-KR) in 2way SLI
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    EVGA GTX 680 w/ bkplte (04G-P4-2686-KR) single
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hello guys. currently running 570s in sli (eVGA 570hd SC 1.28gb, stock clocks for this card) games arnt bad at all, and getting good fps, however 1)temps blow! FPS:: MW2 capped at 90, blops 180-240, bf3 120, dirt 2 280+ (had up to 480). i know these are RIDICULOUS and not needed, i typically dont run vsync because i like the response without, i dont have tears... but with the fps you can see where my temps are warm. granted this card is warm anyway, but 75+ under load is too much for me. i would like to see around 60-65 as its heating my whole apt... but only way to do that is WCing. just for the 2gpu is almost $300 (money i dont have right now) and 2)in the matter of the last year, ive RMAed each card 2 times. yes 4 RMAs... vRam. i looked it up and these do have bad vram naturally. SO... im looking at possible upgrade. looking at the eVGA 680 4gb w/ backplate (2686) and slapping a ek block on it... simple question... is it a good move??

--i AM a nvidia and eVGA fanboy and will not go to amd so dont offer it PLEASE.
--ive been told ill loose a little in performance. maybe so, but if its not much, i dont mind. im tired of noise of fans, and temps, which means water cooling but as stated above, if i jump to 680 it knocks $280+ off my list thats only about $600. so...
-- this is the only card im really interested in. i would jump for the 4gb FTW+ but all sold out for what i can see...

--ideas? stay with what i have and bite the bullet on WCing the 570s or safe to jump up to 680?

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post #2 of 11
GTX570 SLI is faster, just your stuck to 1.25gb of v-ram. Need more memory, upgrade.
A overclocked 7970 is the closest things to to GTX570sli so if you want a upgrade wait for the 700 series if it must be nvidia.
Also pointless to water cool a GTX680 for anything less then noise, Their stock coolers will max the OC headroom before running into heat problems. Though you do have the gear for water cooling already so cost really isnt a big factor.

I never really liked the 600 series, GCN is a better architecture in my eyes. Keep the GTX570's for now, as long as your running 800+ on the core you'll be fine.
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Check out this thread, I posted my opinion in there as well.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1330562/2x-gtx570-vs-1x-gtx670-4gb-which-is-better
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Overclocked 580 SLI was about ~17% faster than my 680 Lightning @ 1371/1771 in Metro 2033. Stock for stock, 570 is about ~13% slower than 580. I think an overclocked 680 Lightning would give 2 570s a good run thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

GTX570 SLI is faster, just your stuck to 1.25gb of v-ram. Need more memory, upgrade.
A overclocked 7970 is the closest things to to GTX570sli so if you want a upgrade wait for the 700 series if it must be nvidia.
Also pointless to water cool a GTX680 for anything less then noise, Their stock coolers will max the OC headroom before running into heat problems. Though you do have the gear for water cooling already so cost really isnt a big factor.
I never really liked the 600 series, GCN is a better architecture in my eyes. Keep the GTX570's for now, as long as your running 800+ on the core you'll be fine.

thats another thing i forgot to mention. a while back i was thinking to wait for 7xx. i wouldnt mind that but then when it comes time to upgrade. my 570s even with blocks wont be worth $h!t... :\ would they??
i can bump OC on them a bit and get them usually around 840, but it seems im running into MORE problems (RMAs) when i OC. and i really havent gone far... so i havent been doing much of that

+1 thanks for the info.
all further help is still appreciated...
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I would consider a GTX 670 4gb since since the performance hit is only around 5% from a GTX 680. You can mod the bios to bump the voltage to 1.2v and you should be able to get close to 1300mhz out of it and that should get you GTX 680 performance. You will also save around $100 that you can use for the water block. I had a SLI GTX 580 setup and I like the GTX 670 better due to a lot less heat and noise. To some people thats enough thumb.gif
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not sure if it would help to add... right now im not using anything worth mentioning for monitor. old NEC... but once WCing is complete, im looking at a couple decent (not sure what yet) 20-23" monitors PLUS vid (netflix, dvd) on my 55 (until i get media pc build)

so right now, my 1.28 is fine, but it wont be forever... 4gb? why the hell not. lol

looking like some helpful info here so far.thumb.gif
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i had a gtx 480 SLI before. went for a gtx 680. tbh I was expecting a downgrade but every game I played felt like it was an upgrade. I'm blaming half of them on the 1.5GB frame buffer I had before. 500mb doesn't seem much but it did help a lot esp if you max out every setting in-game like I do. yours is even smaller so I'm expecting a bigger bump in performance.

most importantly my room isn't a sauna anymore. temps ran nice and cool, my room became nice and cool I'm so satisfied with the outcome of my upgrade/sidegrade


tbh I wouldn't even recommend a gtx 680 at this time. sell your cards. get a 7970 it's cheaper than a gtx 670 and faster than a gtx 680 you can never go wrong. that's a decent bump in performance, power efficiency, temps and more than double the vram you have atm

edit:

I've used multi gpu setups almost all my life (started from 8800 ultra SLI, 4870 CF, 5970, 6870 CF, 470 SLi, 480 SLI etc.) and using a single card IS a better experience. far less hassle than an SLI setup. not that I mind it too much coz we ARE enthusiasts and it's quite fun sometimes to make something work properly in SLI sometimes (sounds weird eh) you'll have almost no problem with a single card setup. only recently I experienced trouble with nvidia drivers but overall it's a much better experience. gone were the days you had to wait for new drivers or you have to mod it yourself via nvidia inspector to get a game to work properly. a single card just works simple as that
Edited by jprovido - 11/28/12 at 4:40pm
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hey guys im back!

so i had every intent on sticking with the 570s and waiting around for 7xx series to release... however...

the place i usually buy my cards through emailed me and said they finally got the 680 i was looking for. its the EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 1084MHz 4Gb w/ backplate (04G-P4-3687-KR). would you still stick with what you say (stay with the 570s) or do you think this would be a more feasible upgrade?

thanks guys
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hey guys im back!
so i had every intent on sticking with the 570s and waiting around for 7xx series to release... however...
the place i usually buy my cards through emailed me and said they finally got the 680 i was looking for. its the EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 1084MHz 4Gb w/ backplate (04G-P4-3687-KR). would you still stick with what you say (stay with the 570s) or do you think this would be a more feasible upgrade?
thanks guys

Now is not the right time to buy a GTX 680 4GB. with the 7 billion transistor GK110 based GTX 780 due for launch in Q1 2013 its better to wait. the GK110 based Tesla K20 and K20X have launched and are shipping to HPC markets. the Geforce version is going to be coming in 2 - 3 months.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6446/nvidia-launches-tesla-k20-k20x-gk110-arrives-at-last

http://techreport.com/review/22989/a-brief-look-at-nvidia-gk110-graphics-chip/3
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