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I will keep this as short as i can, here are the options I am currently considering:

* $1,200 - 2x sapphire 7970ghz /w backplate 6gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202005

* $880 - 2x evga gtx 670 superclocked /w backplate 4gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130785

* $1,080 - 2x evga gtx 680 /w backplate 4gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130799

* $1,020 2x gigabyte super oc gtx 680 /w backplate 2gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125437

* $1,020 - evga titan superclocked 6gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130899

* $960 - 2x zotac gtx 680 amp edition 2gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500248

Here is my current build I am working on:

i7 3820 cooled by the kraken x60
ASRock extreme 6 x79
16gb Geil enhance corsa ddr3 1600
Cooler master silent pro hybrid 1300w
30" 2560x1600 monitor (Korean)

For more info, see build log: http://www.overclock.net/t/1343497/project-log-haf-xb-codenamed-harley

Now I explain some of my choices:

Zotac amps will look great with my theme, but lacks 4gb model

Gigabyte SOC is in same boat as amps

Evga 670's will be the cheapest option I have above

Evga 680's will provide a little extra power over the 670's

Evga titan will provide the most hp in some applications, but near the bottom of well coded sli applications

Sapphire vapor x's will be the highest performing option, while costing the most.


There would be no debate if the amps came in a 4gb model, but at 2gb, I can't be sure the amps will do the job on all games max settings at 2560x1600 until maxwell is released, as the memory usage keeps going up and up with time. With that said, I feel it's a safer bet to go with 4 or 6 fb options.

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4 GB GTX 680 is not faster then a 2 Gb GTX 680 other then Sleeping Dogs and Skyrim with mods that is

Also GTX 680 SLI is a little faster then a Titan but 7970 Crossfire is a little faster then GTX 680 SLI so it comes down to what do you want AMD or Nvidia
Edited by shilka - 3/19/13 at 6:07pm
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4 GB GTX 680 is not faster then a 2 Gb GTX 680 other then Sleeping Dogs and Skyrim with mods that is

Also GTX 680 SLI is a little faster then a Titan but 7970 Crossfire is a little faster then GTX 680 SLI so it comes down to what do you want AMD or Nvidia

I fully understand that about current games, I was speculating about future games.

As for and or nvidia, I could really care less witch brand I go with, I like both companies equally, just so happens most of my options came to nvidia due to build theme.
   
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I fully understand that about current games, I was speculating about future games.

As for and or nvidia, I could really care less witch brand I go with, I like both companies equally, just so happens most of my options came to nvidia due to build theme.

One of the selling points for me was CUDA and Adaptive Vsync and the drivers which i find are much better then AMD´s
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Ya, I saw a video about the adaptive vsync, that one of the best visual advancements I've seen in a while in GPU's

+1 nvidia on that note
   
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Ya, I saw a video about the adaptive vsync, that one of the best visual advancements I've seen in a while in GPU's

+1 nvidia on that note
I use it and on older games it makes one hell of a difference it make the games seems much much smooth and playable so i can first hand say that is a great feature
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Not sure if this info is still correct... but I can see that it still is http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-TITAN-Performance-Review-and-Frame-Rating-Update/Frame-Rat (they actually kicked out crossfire because it was performing very poorly for their tests)

For gaming if you have seen dual-gpu setup w/o noticing any micro-stutter issues and you are not bothered about very minor input lag increase, skip next:
- If you can't get your fps way above your refresh rate, you see micro-stutter with dual-gpu. Can't say everyone notices this, you need to check it yourself first.
- AMD crossfire don't do anything to fix this which means more possible eye-strain, but this also means less input lag.
- Nvidia SLI has a chip(?) that smoothes out the frames, but it isn't 100% fix and also creates more input lag.
- These issues will become more problematic over time when games require more power and your fps decreases.
- Mostly fixed by having triple-gpu setup to brute force fps way way above refresh rate.

Single gpu works wonders in compatibility, being able to be useful all the time.

I would only see 2 choices: Nvidia dual-gpu or Titan.
Edited by fasti - 3/19/13 at 8:10pm
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GTX 680 SLI is 30% faster in 2560x1600 IF the game works with SLI
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Regarding adaptive sync. It does sound good but for my 7970 I use MSI Afterburner's On Screen Display which allows setting the FPS limit in general as well as for individual games. It works well and has made a big difference in smoothness for me.
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Not sure if this info is still correct... but I can see that it still is http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-TITAN-Performance-Review-and-Frame-Rating-Update/Frame-Rat (they actually kicked out crossfire because it was performing very poorly for their tests)

For gaming if you have seen dual-gpu setup w/o noticing any micro-stutter issues and you are not bothered about very minor input lag increase, skip next:
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- AMD crossfire don't do anything to fix this which means more possible eye-strain, but this also means less input lag.
- Nvidia SLI has a chip(?) that smoothes out the frames, but it isn't 100% fix and also creates more input lag.
- These issues will become more problematic over time when games require more power and your fps decreases.
- Mostly fixed by having triple-gpu setup to brute force fps way way above refresh rate.

Single gpu works wonders in compatibility, being able to be useful all the time.

I would only see 2 choices: Nvidia dual-gpu or Titan.

i just tried crossfire for the first time this morning (7950/7970) - ZERO microstutter, ZERO stutter, and ZERO input lag. i am happy cause my rig is ready for 120Hz in BF3 MP or maybe BF4 MP as well.thumb.gif
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