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Hey guys, looking for some advice as I'm not sure what I want to go with here. I keep trying to talk myself up to a single 680 again and I know I don't need it, been there done that already. I'm making a much smaller machine and I'm torn on the GPU.

I DO NOT play BF3 or expect to get amazing frame rates on any new games. I simply like the surround experience in the games I do play and plan to keep it. I am perfectly content to play at medium settings if I have to, or revert to the center screen for newer stuff. I am currently using GTS 450 SLI and it actually provides adequate frame rates up until I try to turn AA on and it plummets to 2.5fps because I've hit the Vram limit.

Here are my requirements:

- Decently quiet
- Not supersized cooler so it fits in ITX case
- Supports 3 screens on one card
- Play games like dragon age 2, mass effect, etc. in surround with respectable frame rate

I am pretty much torn between a 3GB 660, a 3GB 660ti or a 2GB 670 if I can find one for a good price. This will be in an ITX rig with a 3570k so heat and noise are a concern. I would prefer to keep it around the $300 mark for right now, and I refuse to go back to AMD as I absolutely hate eyefinity otherwise a 7950 would be a no-brainer.

I'm thinking something like this EVGA 660 3GB would be good, and its affordable. Opinions?
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3GB 660 all the way.
The extra GB are only needed for surround purposes so go for it.

If you don't play BF3 and you're satisfied with medium settings, I say go for more VRAM instead of a fastest GPU in your case.

This EVGA card seems perfect.
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3GB 660 all the way.
The extra GB are only needed for surround purposes so go for it.
If you don't play BF3 and you're satisfied with medium settings, I say go for more VRAM instead of a fastest GPU in your case.
This EVGA card seems perfect.

Thats what I'm thinking too, but unfortunately not a lot of people are willing to do the same thing so opinions are scarce and reviews even more scarce.
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Well generally people going 3-screen are high end users throwing big money on SLis. Indeed, wishing to go 3-screen with one card in one ITX is pretty unique. But with the new technology it's completely feasible. I'm old, when I was a kid I played Pacman on Atari. Now an ITX with a 660 is a freaking monster. On this site you will find enthusiasts. We're crazy people. Wishing to go for the latest CPU and GPU with multiple cards and OC like hell is insane, lol. Heck, With a Pentium and a 8800 you can play video games.

So, my point is, going 3-screen increases the demand for VRAM, not for GPU power. So 660 3gb.
Edited by DaGoat - 12/4/12 at 9:25pm
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Caviar resolution size on a tuna gpu budget? You should rethink that. The 660 has a terribly small memory pipe for feeding large ass resolutions.
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What's a "memory pipe"?
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Caviar resolution size on a tuna gpu budget? You should rethink that. The 660 has a terribly small memory pipe for feeding large ass resolutions.

Yeah it does, but I'll try cranking up the memory as much as I can. I doubt it can be worse than GTS 450's anyways, which miraculously stay around 40-45fps in everything as long as I don't poke at the 1GB vram limit. All my games are old so they don't need a ton of power.

Do you think I might be better off trying for the 660ti or 670 instead?
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What's a "memory pipe"?

The memory bus width.

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Caviar resolution size on a tuna gpu budget? You should rethink that. The 660 has a terribly small memory pipe for feeding large ass resolutions.

Yeah it does, but I'll try cranking up the memory as much as I can. I doubt it can be worse than GTS 450's anyways, which miraculously stay around 40-45fps in everything as long as I don't poke at the 1GB vram limit. All my games are old so they don't need a ton of power.

Do you think I might be better off trying for the 660ti or 670 instead?


I would try for a 670 for the wider bus. One one screen the actual bus width isn't a deal breaker, but because you are dealing with massive resolutions the memory pipe will be a limiting factor, ie. its important.
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The memory bus width.
I would try for a 670 for the wider bus.

I've seen people saying they can OC the stuffing out of the 660ti memory and get pretty close to a 670, I know none of the 670's I had before would push very far on the memory so I don't know how much further ahead it could get. Only thing that sucks is I would want a 4GB 670 and they are waaaay more expensive than I was looking for.
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For the price of the 660 3GB and the performance (it's not a Ti either?) I'd suggest a 7950 3GB, this is a lot faster. That's if you like AMD though or have no preference, they also do multi-monitor gaming better in general. But if you're very limited on budget I'd also suggest a 7870 from AMD. It has less vRAM however and I think the extra $30-$40 is worth it.
 
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