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Within the next year I plan on updating my graphics card. I currently have 2 cards (6870s), but I have heard it is better to have one amazing card since a lot of games do not fully support crossfire. What is a better option and why? Also, do most cards support SLI/crossfire? For example: Could I buy the Nvidia titan and a year later get another one and hook up SLI?

For gaming which company do you guys believe is better, nvidia or ATI?
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post #2 of 14
What resolution do you plan of gaming?

If price is not a concern, get a Titan and when you feel the need to add another, do it.

Titan is a very powerful card and is made for high resolutions.

If you plan of playing at 1080p and save a couple of bucks, then HD 7970 or GTX 680. Or even HD 7950 or GTX 670.

No brand is better. They are both equal. Some games will prefer AMD and other games will prefer Nvidia.


Edited by KaRLiToS - 3/25/13 at 3:56pm
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post #3 of 14
I would say to get the most powerfull single gpu you can get.
But in this case I will not advice you to get the Titan.
Unless you are full of money.

For the titan cost I would get 2 two 7970s and be happy for 2 years.

But if you can go for it
post #4 of 14
It's a personal preference, in my case, i will always stick with Nvidia.
If you have money, a GTX Titan is powerful, powerful stuff.
but maybe a 690 or 680 (and then 680 SLI) might save some money. thumb.gif
good luck
post #5 of 14
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What resolution do you plan of gaming?

My resolution is 1920x1080. I have a 32" screen.
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post #6 of 14
At 1080p, I'd just stick with a single 670/680 or 7950/7970 for now. If in the future you think you need a little more power, just add a second card. As of now, any of those cards is plenty for 1080p.
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Would the nvidia titan even work with my motherboard since its PCI 3.0? I do not fully understand the differences in PCI-E, PCI-2.1, PCI-3.0
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post #8 of 14
It will work fine.

Because your motherboard is not 3.0, you will loose max 2-3 fps. Not worth worrying about this. And I'm not even sure if Nvidia fully utilize 3.0 yet.



Edited by KaRLiToS - 3/25/13 at 5:38pm
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post #9 of 14
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It will work fine.

Because your motherboard is not 3.0, you will loose max 2-3 fps. Not worth worrying about this. And I'm not even sure if Nvidia fully utilize 3.0 yet.

Oh alright, that makes sense. Thank you. Ill probably wait 6 months to a year for the price to go down some and get the titan.
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post #10 of 14
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Oh alright, that makes sense. Thank you. Ill probably wait 6 months to a year for the price to go down some and get the titan.

I don't expect the Titan prices to come down. even when next Generation of cards release (HD 8xxx and GTX 7xx).
Expect those new cards to be less performant than the Titan. The Titan is just pure power (of course for single or SLI because over 3 x Titans, scaling is meh.)

But Nvidia will also release a slimmed down version of the Titan. Binned Tesla cards, rebinned again.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1372513/swe-nvidia-prepares-a-slimmed-down-version-of-the-geforce-gtx-titan/0_30
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