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I would love to see any benchmarks that show a 680 beating two 580s.

Power consumption. tongue.gifwheee.gif
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yea but not with multimonitor and/or mods and/or downsampling.
i´d say either go with 2 x gtx670/7950/7970 SLI/CFX or wait for the titan (:
what is really important is the vram.. i wouldnt get any card under 3gb ..

2GB of VRAM is fine for every single monitor that's currently available. The only time where 2GB might choke is 1440p x 3. That's a lot of pixels right there. 5760x1080 or 1200, the GTX 680 w/ 2GB does admirably.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/585?vs=588
Edited by coachmark2 - 2/14/13 at 3:01pm
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In 3dMark11 with heavy tessellation, an overclocked 680 can be up with my two 580's @ 800mhz; possibly better. I personally am not updating to a 680, and will wait to see something that is actually worth upgrading to.

My 580's have been keeping my room warm this winter... thumb.gif
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You're going to take a significant performance hit going to the single 680 but doesnt mean your NEEDs cant be met. I went from Crossfired 6950s to a single 7970 and was disappointed that there wasnt a performance increase for what I do with it. I had to send it back because of some issues a couple days later and decided to got back to a dual GPU configuration. I couldnt bring myself to cough up $900 to Crossfire the 7970s so I went with a pair of 670s instead. My point, be prepared to be disappointed spending ~$500 for a decrease in performance. A pair of 7950s would be a nice setup without too much additional money coming out of pocket.
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I would love to see any benchmarks that show a 680 beating two 580s.


what you love is what i love biggrin.gif
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1684495


serious.. it depends on the scenario. what i am trying to tell is that vram decides over win and failure^^
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Power consumption. tongue.gifwheee.gif
2GB of VRAM is fine for every single monitor that's currently available. The only time where 2GB might choke is 1440p x 3. That's a lot of pixels right there. 5760x1080 or 1200, the GTX 680 w/ 2GB does admirably.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/585?vs=588


im just telling from my experience. i like to mod games.. and with the imho minimum mods for a game to look good (enb+ texture mods) i brought my gtx 580 3gb vram to its knees biggrin.gif
and this was only with one 1080p screen. so i think 4gb per card is settled good.





sry for doublepost
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what you love is what i love biggrin.gif
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1684495


serious.. it depends on the scenario. what i am trying to tell is that vram decides over win and failure^^

Well it has a 450 for physx in addition to the 680 which it doesn't say the 580 SLI had, but I will still count that as a win for you because I haven't seen any benchmarks where it was even close really.

You may think that I'm nitpicking with the 450 physx but with physx in SLI only one card does the physx work and then the other card is left waiting for it, so the performance hit from physx is often times bigger on a SLI set up than it is on a single card.
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Well it has a 450 for physx in addition to the 680 which it doesn't say the 580 SLI had, but I will still count that as a win for you because I haven't seen any benchmarks where it was even close really.

You may think that I'm nitpicking with the 450 physx but with physx in SLI only one card does the physx work and then the other card is left waiting for it, so the performance hit from physx is often times bigger on a SLI set up than it is on a single card.

i agree with you.
i didnt ever wanna say that a 680 is faster than 580sli, just to point that there might occur scenarios that will make you unhappy smile.gif
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I would only upgrade to a GTX 680 IF you went SLI with it. There is no sense in going from two 580's to a 680 to only see a (MAYBE) 5% increase in performance. If I were you, I would much rather mod the GTX 580's for better heat dissipation. You can mod a H20 620 or H20 920 to mount onto the blocks. I did it with a H20 620 to my GTX 470 and I'm getting 50C Max @ 850/1700/1650 @ 1087mV.

No sense in spending 500$ for a card that is just as powerful as two 580's that are 200$ respectively used.
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A lot of very good points being made. Basically, moving into the gf's place in 3 weeks and will have my desktop on the basement. So, space is a concern along with having to dissipate GPU and CPU heat in the summer time. Won't be moving from the house to something nicer for at least a year or so. If I hold onto the 580's and long they will be worth next to nothing in terms of resale. Even selling them now I would be happy to get $350 for the pair.
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I would love to see any benchmarks that show a 680 beating two 580s.

An overclocked 680 Lightning(1300+/1700+) can come close to 580 SLI
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