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Clarification - GTX690 vs. GTX Titan (single PCIE)

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So i've been all over the internet and I've seen most of the reviews for these cards. But I still am having trouble looking at it from my perspective (Single PCIE). In my case i can't SLI or tack on more GPU's to increase performance. However I constantly see people saying the Titan is better that the 690. However if you only have one available PCIE slot, is this still the case?
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They both only take one PCIE slot on the mobo. Their coolers are both 2 slot if I'm not mistaken. The 690 has built in SLI (2 GPUs on one PCB) and the Titan is just a single large GPU. 690 has more performance for the price but it has SLI which might cause problems. It's up to your own personal preference honestly.
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So thats really it? Single GPU or a Dual GPU card? how depressing boring. For the price, the 690 would probably be the best bet for longer term gaming them, since it is actually two cards. Interesting to look at from the, I can only have one GPU perspective.
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So thats really it? Single GPU or a Dual GPU card? how depressing boring. For the price, the 690 would probably be the best bet for longer term gaming them, since it is actually two cards. Interesting to look at from the, I can only have one GPU perspective.

the biggest advantage, as i see it, is the TITAN does extremely well in a SLI configuration; you can get 4 of them that scale very well as opposed to 2 of the dualGPU 690s. another feature that may be of interest is that it is a bit shorter of a card to fit in SFFs. but i do not think a 690 is an issue with your bitfenix. one advatage the 690 has that may be an interest to you is that it runs a few degrees cooler than the TITAN:


so what benefits the TITAN does have over the 690 is most likely not any you can take advantage of with a single graphics slot . . .
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I would go with TITAN if you plan on keeping the card long term.

The 690 has 2GB of usable framebuffer, which is fine for today but recently the memory demand from some game titles have been quite high.

Especially if you ever plan to go Surround or 4K, then it could come in handy.

Secondly the TITAN OC's quite well, so you should be able to narrow the gap on the 690 with some overclocking.
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I would go with TITAN if you plan on keeping the card long term.

The 690 has 2GB of usable framebuffer, which is fine for today but recently the memory demand from some game titles have been quite high.

Especially if you ever plan to go Surround or 4K, then it could come in handy.

Secondly the TITAN OC's quite well, so you should be able to narrow the gap on the 690 with some overclocking.

This ^^

People always neglect the lack of vram when discussing 690 vs Titan
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im in the same debate im leaning tword the Titan but thats a lot of $$ by the time i get enough to get a 2nd one 700 series will be out
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This is a rare situation where I'd recommend the Titan. The extra VRAM will allow you to use the card longer, it will hold its value better, and the 7xx cards will likely only match its performance at best.
   
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Yes. Go with a GTX Titan.

It's kind of like asking for a GTX 460 2 WIN vs a GTX 480. Yeah, the 2 WIN is going to be better in the majority of cases for raw performance, but the 480/Titan would provide a lot better options with more VRAM, a bigger memory bus (though I stand by the fact that the 256/192 bus in GK104 isn't nearly as much of an issue as it's made out to be).
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