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Poll Results: GPU setup I Should Choose

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 46% of voters (6)
    Tri-Fire Gigabyte HD 7970 GHz Edition 3Gb
  • 15% of voters (2)
    3-way EVGASLI GTX 670 Super clock + 4Gb
  • 30% of voters (4)
    3-way EVGA SLI GTX 680 Classified 4 Gb
  • 15% of voters (2)
    1 or 2 GTX 690 4Gb (2Gb per GPU)
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey guys im currently building a new rig and im stuck on what Graphics card set up to have.

at the moment my system set up is

Intel 3930k cooled with XSPC Raystorm RX240 Liquid Cooling (im overclocking after pc complete)
16GB Corsair Vengeance Ram
Intel 520 series 480GB SSD (OS and Gaming)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD (movies music and other misc Stuff)
Gigabyte G1 ASSASSIN 2 M/B (with F11 Bios so problem with VRM fixed)
Corsair AX1200i Platinum PSU


Now comes the Dilemma...
I have been researching Graphics cards recently and i am completely stuck.. money isnt an issue... but at the same time it is... like ill spend the most possible if i have to.. but if i can help it id like to save some coin.

I am stuck deciding between the following

Tri-Fire Gigabyte HD 7970 GHZ edition 3Gb
3-way SLI EVGA GTX 670 Super clock+ 4Gb
3 way SLI EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB
1 or 2 way SLI EVGA GTX 690 4GB (2 per GPU)

now i am going to b playing on either 3x 1080p screens or 3x 2560x1440 screens (haven't quite decided yet)

now i know that multi GPU's dont share VRAM (well they share a really small amount, like 15% of there VRAM) so the 2gb of the GTX 690's is the lowest.. but there so damn sexy.. seriously you gota admit they are hot as hell biggrin.gif.. but i was wondering if on that kind of set up the 3Gb of the 7970 or the 4Gb would help when playing games on that reso with topped out settings and max AA/AF??.. now comes second problem.. i love Phisx, like watch the youtube vidoe of borderlands 2 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWFkDrKvBRU ) with physx... looks sick as hell.. but Nvidia only.. so thats what is turning me off the HD7970's, how ever the 7970's scale like pro's... where as nvidia has some scalling issues... but saying that iv always had a problem with ATI drivers... and not sure if crossfire driver issues is fixed yet or not.. now then there are the 670 super clocks and the 680 classifieds, each with a respectable 4Gb ram, AND they have phys x.. but i keep changing my mind.. i was wondering if anyone had any idea what i should finally chose.... im not really a Bench marker, but i do like my FPS well over 60 and my settings cranked up to the absolute max.... i will be playing games like crysis, battlefield, borderlands, skyrimm, metro etc. so all pretty high graphics.... as for temps nd shiz inside my case, i have 4 140mm fans on the side window of my case (each pushing 147CFM around) as well as 4 fans on the top of my PC (push pull for rad) and 140mm fan on rear, and 140mm fan at front, so airflow not an issue... the reason i keep going bak to the 690's is even with 2 they only take up 2 GPU slots, and i can then use the wireless network card i got with my Motherboard so...


And this is where i decided screw it, ill ask people with more experience and knowledge than me... Cue you guys smile.gif any feedback would be awsum.

Cheers

Jagen

PS please dont pick out spelling because i already know i suk at spelling lol. smile.gif
Edited by Jagen - 11/29/12 at 12:39am
post #2 of 16
Tri-Fire Gigabyte HD 7970 GHZ edition 3Gb - done!

http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/
Edited by Gunderman456 - 11/29/12 at 8:25am
 
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I know you are all thinking i am blowing my money... but there is a 90% chance i will be taking dual GTX 690's. why?? because they are sexy drool.gif dont take up much space, and the simple joy of having 2 690's in my case (braging rights to my friends smile.gif)) ) but i havnt purchased them yet..... so knowing me ill change my mind when i do. but atm it looks like ill take the GTX690's smile.gif.. or 3 Classifieds...... hmm.... dang it i cant decide...... lol
post #4 of 16
remember GTX 690 comes with 2GB per GPU and will not be able to play BF3 at Ultra 4X MSAA at 5760 x 1080. you will run out of VRAM and stutter badly.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1561/pg6/powercolor-devil-13-hd-7990-graphics-card-review-battlefield-3.html

5760 x 1080

Powercolor HD 7990(925 mhz) - avg 49 min 36 fps
GTX 690 - avg 46 min 20 fps

you can see the drops to below 25 fps.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/28/nvidia_kepler_geforce_gtx_680_sli_video_card_review/5

5760 X 1080 4X MSAA

HD 7970 CF (925 mhz) - avg 45.7 min 34 fps
GTX 690 - avg 40.1 min 14 fps

so your options are GTX 680 4GB SLI vs HD 7970 Ghz 3GB CF.

With the 12.11 beta drivers HD 7970 Ghz is beating the GTX 680 by 10 - 15% even at 2560 x 1600. the higher resolutions like 5760 x 1080 and 7680 x 1600 make things even more favourable for HD 7970 Ghz CF.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/3
http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/page3.html

Get a dual HD 7970 Ghz CF . you should be able to max out most games like BF3 at 5760 x 1080 and maintain 60 fps.
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Tri fire 680 4gb thumb.gif
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3X 7970s & a 650Ti for PhysX.
You can run BL2 with PhysX if you have AMD cards in CF and a dedicated Nvidia cad for physx:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1307142/borderlands-2-with-hybrid-physx
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yeah i know that the 2GB on the GTX 690 is the biggest issue with them. that's why i was thinking the 680 Classy 4Gb. i dont have 4 PCIe lanes only 3. so if i went with the hybrid physx id have to sacrifice one card. and that then kind of puts a downer on the 3 card setup. haha. also im not a big fan on hacked drivers to enable physx. thats why im leaning to the 4Gb 680's, because then i get the best of all worlds, i get the physx eyecandy i want smile.gif as swell as 3 powerful cards that can game at high reso's. i know that the 7970 GHz will edge out on FPS. but i dont mind giving up a few fps for the 680's. and you can also OC a little bit with evBOT. so the difference is not that much. and every review iv read states that the 7970's may have better fps in tri fire, but even tho the 680's have lower fps they feel smoother and more playable.... so i think the 680 classified is the go. and there reviews only showed stock 680's not the classie, which, at higher reso and AA/AF, perform better than stock 680's. so the difference in fps should b minimal and the games would be definitely playable on 3 way 680's Classie.... which is what i want, as i said in my original post I'm not bench marking or anything this is solely to get an awsum gaming experience at high res. so i think that the classifieds would probably be the beter choice for me.. also iv had some real issues with crossfire drivers in the past... that's why im really edging away from the 7970's, but then again there new drivers are supposed to be good...hmmm. do you guys think that for me personally the Classifieds would be a good choice even if i sacrifice some fps that i would get in the 7970's???

Also im in the middle of building my PC and will probably post some picks tomoz if you guys wana c the setup.. its my first really high spec build so input would be nice smile.gif
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yeah i know that the 2GB on the GTX 690 is the biggest issue with them. that's why i was thinking the 680 Classy 4Gb. i dont have 4 PCIe lanes only 3. so if i went with the hybrid physx id have to sacrifice one card. and that then kind of puts a downer on the 3 card setup. haha. also im not a big fan on hacked drivers to enable physx. thats why im leaning to the 4Gb 680's, because then i get the best of all worlds, i get the physx eyecandy i want smile.gif as swell as 3 powerful cards that can game at high reso's. i know that the 7970 GHz will edge out on FPS. but i dont mind giving up a few fps for the 680's. and you can also OC a little bit with evBOT. so the difference is not that much. and every review iv read states that the 7970's may have better fps in tri fire, but even tho the 680's have lower fps they feel smoother and more playable.... so i think the 680 classified is the go. and there reviews only showed stock 680's not the classie, which, at higher reso and AA/AF, perform better than stock 680's. so the difference in fps should b minimal and the games would be definitely playable on 3 way 680's Classie.... which is what i want, as i said in my original post I'm not bench marking or anything this is solely to get an awsum gaming experience at high res. so i think that the classifieds would probably be the beter choice for me.. also iv had some real issues with crossfire drivers in the past... that's why im really edging away from the 7970's, but then again there new drivers are supposed to be good...hmmm. do you guys think that for me personally the Classifieds would be a good choice even if i sacrifice some fps that i would get in the 7970's???

Also im in the middle of building my PC and will probably post some picks tomoz if you guys wana c the setup.. its my first really high spec build so input would be nice smile.gif
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post #9 of 16
have you considered a HD 7950 watercooled rig. at the same clocks HD 7950 is 3 - 6% slower than HD 7970. the HD 7950 boost cards come with 925 mhz boost clocks and can easily hit 1.1 Ghz at stock voltage and even higher with voltage overclocking. they cost 300 bucks.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/34761-amd-hd-7950-vs-hd-7970-clocks/?page=3

you should read on Radeon pro. needs more work and a per game configuration. but very good results. eliminates micro stuttering.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-11.html

also if you prefer Nvidia then go for the EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB.

finally with the next gen cards around the corner in Q1 2013 you might want to wait for the next gen GK110 chip (Big Kepler) based GTX 780. think about it.
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I called Evga and tried to buy evBOT enabled card they are no more according to what the CSR told me on the phone. Take it for what its worth.
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