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Hey Everyone, So I finally Want to Upgrade my Asus 560 GTX DCU ll

I've been reading a lot on the Web about different Options and am a bit confused Now what I should Go With. I'm Mainly Gaming and Just want my Games to Run smoothly at High Settings Like most Gamers.

This is my Rig Currently:

Asus Maximus lll Formula
Intel I7 870 OC to 3.5GHZ
16GB 1600MHZ Ram
Antec Kuler 920
Corsair AX 860i
Asus 560 GTX DCU ll OC
NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case.

I can't decide what to go with. These are the options i'm Looking at:

2x 660 GTX SC 2GB Cards in SLI

1x 670 GTX FTW 4GB Card

1x 680 GTX 2 GB Card

All of these options are in the similar Price range of about $770NZD But can't decide which would get me the Best Possible performance. SLI seems the way to go as your getting 2 cards for the price of one, but i've heard most people would go for one card over two?

I'm looking at either the Asus or the EVGA Cards?

Any Help would be much appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 
I Should also Mention, that I intend on Running 3 24" 1080p Monitors..... That might Make a difference. :-)
post #3 of 11
GTX 670 4 GB in SLI is your best bet for Surround. The 2-slot ASUS DCII are fantastic cards.
post #4 of 11
670 GTX FTW 4GB Card gets my vote too. Going with a single card now leaves the option open to go SLI later down the road, so you can just throw another card in there. But if it's really important to you that you get the best possible performance NOW and don't care about when you're gonna have to upgrade, you should look into 2 x 660ti 4GB cards. 2GB probably won't cut it on three monitors.
 
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Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lord3210 View Post

Hey Everyone, So I finally Want to Upgrade my Asus 560 GTX DCU ll

I've been reading a lot on the Web about different Options and am a bit confused Now what I should Go With. I'm Mainly Gaming and Just want my Games to Run smoothly at High Settings Like most Gamers.

This is my Rig Currently:

Asus Maximus lll Formula
Intel I7 870 OC to 3.5GHZ
16GB 1600MHZ Ram
Antec Kuler 920
Corsair AX 860i
Asus 560 GTX DCU ll OC
NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case.

I can't decide what to go with. These are the options i'm Looking at:

2x 660 GTX SC 2GB Cards in SLI

1x 670 GTX FTW 4GB Card

1x 680 GTX 2 GB Card

All of these options are in the similar Price range of about $770NZD But can't decide which would get me the Best Possible performance. SLI seems the way to go as your getting 2 cards for the price of one, but i've heard most people would go for one card over two?

I'm looking at either the Asus or the EVGA Cards?

Any Help would be much appreciated.

Well, while people say get the GTX 670, I say look around for one of these people that is going to get a GTX Titan and take their GTX 680 off their hands for a cheap price. thumb.gif
post #6 of 11
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GTX 670 4 GB in SLI is your best bet for Surround.

Actually, it's not.
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Right Capacity, Wrong Performance
That header explains the situation we experienced most. There were some advantages of being able to enable higher MSAA settings at 5760x1200, especially in the case of Hitman. However, while we were technically able to enable these settings, or complete a run-through, the performance wasn't fast enough out of the GeForce GTX 670 GPUs to actually allow that high of a setting to be playable. It's like putting beefy off-road tires on a Yugo, sure the capacity is there to go off-road, but the Yugo lacks the performance to get us over the terrain...As it stands, the GTX 670 is just a bit underpowered, even in 2-way SLI, to show the benefit of the higher VRAM capacity.

The Bottom Line
To make the 4GB of VRAM on the GTX 670 work for you, you are going to need at least three of them for 3-way SLI, to give you the performance to back up the VRAM. Or, we would also like to see 4GB of VRAM on 2-way GTX 680 overclocked, or even 3-way GTX 680. There are advantages to more VRAM, and 4GB can smooth out performance in a lot of games, but today's games are more GPU demanding than ever. These newer games require a lot of performance, and GTX 670 is already starting to show its age in today's latest games. We are already experiencing today the fact that we need faster GPUs in games like Far Cry 3 and Hitman: Absolution.

As it stands, if you want two good GeForce GTX 670 based video cards, stick with the 2GB models, and save some cash. ASUS offers a GeForce GTX 670 2GB DirectCU II TOP video card, which we've evaluated and overclocked very well. If you need more VRAM, look at the GTX 680 models to give you a better experience.

Source...and that is a review for dual SLI ASUS Direct CU II GTX 670 4Gb whistle.gif

If you're not into game mods which can benefit from having 4gb of vram (especially for Skyrim), do not waste your money on the 4Gb GTX 670's. Dual 2Gb GTX 670's will do fine @ 5,760 x 1,080. Check out this Source
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Originally Posted by Lord3210 View Post

I can't decide what to go with. These are the options i'm Looking at:

2x 660 GTX SC 2GB Cards in SLI

1x 670 GTX FTW 4GB Card

1x 680 GTX 2 GB Card

If the budget is tight & you rather not wait, buy 2 of these at minimum & OC them to be faster than stock 670's... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162119 OR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121656&IsVirtualParent=1

2 660 Ti's @ 5760 x 1080 will provide far better performance than a single 670 and 680.
Edited by drBlahMan - 3/20/13 at 4:01am
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

Actually, it's not.
Source...and that is a review for dual SLI ASUS Direct CU II GTX 670 4Gb whistle.gif

If you're not into game mods which can benefit from having 4gb of vram (especially for Skyrim), do not waste your money on the 4Gb GTX 670's. Dual 2Gb GTX 670's will do fine @ 5,760 x 1,080. Check out this Source

While it may not affect performance right now, it likely will when 3 GB of VRAM will be the new standard by the end of the year. Call it future proofing, but if you spend $800 now, you don't want to see it bottlenecked in less than a year.

post #8 of 11
I know that feeling ^ bought 2 GTX570s but ran into vram issues 5 months later. Now I'm using a 7970 which is about 10-15% slower then my sli setup was but with a lot more vram.

Op any reason you don't have HD7870s on your list? They are good cards.thumb.gif

Why are GTX670s the same price as 2x660s?
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the tips guys. th3illusiveman not sure ive never had ati cards before, im just going on on benchmark results ive seen. I was considering the asus matrix 7970 card?

So should i get a 670gtx 4gb card now and add another down the line or get a 680 gtx 2gb card and add another down the line? I can always play on one monitor for now and go to three later on.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I've looked a Bit more into the ATI Cards and I found this:

SAPPHIRE AMD RADEON HD7970 GHZ VAPOR-X 6GB GDDR5 PCI-E3.0

This looks Like a beast of a card to contend with the 680GTX 2gb and tends to be a bit cheaper. Around the Same price as the 670 GTX 4gb.
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