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The problem with dual gpu cards is that if one gpu goes down, you lose the whole card.

Warranty!


Have fun twiddling your thumbs for a few weeks only to get back only god knows what condition refurb card they send you. Warranty is like the dentist man.
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Warranty!

Sure, but you're still without your graphics for the time being... at least with multiple cards, if one goes down you still have another to "get by"
 
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I bought the gtx 590 when the card came out and its a great card dont get me wrong but if I had to do it all over again I think I would have gone with 2 580s instead of the 590.
Now fast forward to today I think I would do the 680's, plus I could always get the 3rd which is overkill anyways and plus 3 way sli scales better and cheaper than quad sli no?
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Dual/Quad 680 should be fine and will have excellent OC headroom. Keep in mind that the 690 may have dual 680 cores, but because they are both on one card and cooling constraints are in effect, that the overall clock speed will be less than if you had just gone with quad 680's in the first place EVEN IF you overclock under water. Additionally, I have never seen a game use more than 1.25gb of vram unless you are running more than one monitor.

Are you? Important information. wink.gif


To be honest though..... I agree with the people in this thread who claim that the 680 SLi will do better not only because of OC headroom, but also because of the fact that instead of putting two cards in one basket - effectively, since the 690 is technically two cores (cards) in one - and hoping that your voltage regulators and phase hold out under load...... the 680 is cheaper - and cheaper to replace therefore - and each 680 has it's own vrm/phase.... it spreads the power and heat dissipation requirements across four cards instead of two.

The result to me is simple: WHEN something fails, the quad SLI 680's will be better for maintenance and longevity than dual 690's.

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To be honest though..... I agree with the people in this thread who claim that the 680 SLi will do better not only because of OC headroom, but also because of the fact that instead of putting two cards in one basket - effectively, since the 690 is technically two cores (cards) in one - and hoping that your voltage regulators and phase hold out under load...... the 680 is cheaper - and cheaper to replace therefore - and each 680 has it's own vrm/phase.... it spreads the power and heat dissipation requirements across four cards instead of two.

The result to me is simple: WHEN something fails, the quad SLI 680's will be better for maintenance and longevity than dual 690's.

Best of luck,
~Chris

Currently operating two monitors, one 50 inch and a 23.5, soon to be three monitors though.

Thank you for the commentary and advice I believe I will go with the 680s for the reasons outlined above which Chris has reinforced in my mind and more eloquently explained.

Anyone know of a site though with evaluation of pressure/flow through water blocks for these models? I am looking and not finding...Sorry for my google skills.

What about the hydro copper series which I can not seem to find anywhere...

Also once more what are your thoughts here?
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