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Someone is willing to trade a 690 for a 670 plus 280 cash in my area, should I contemplate this? If I did decide to do it I would be left with a spare 670 FTW, and if I did decide to do it what tests would I run to test the card out? The person seems to have plaenty od decent pics of the card
Seems a little too good to be true if you know what I mean.
Edited by JTHMfreak - 10/15/13 at 3:49am
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It wouldn't be worth it even if you only had a single 670 but seeing as you have 2 it really doesn't make sense. If you game then you 2 cards are better than a single 690 plus i've had dual GPU cards before and they run as hot as ovens.

Then there is bench marking, however there are bigger and better cards out now so that still doesn't make sense.....

..all points to a no from me thumb.gif
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EVGA GTX 670 FTWs already match or come very close to GTX 680s at stock. As those cards boost easily to 1176+ MHz out of the box, they generally also have much better memory chips allowing for higher memory OCs.
My previous GTX 670 FTW used to run at ~7500 MHz stable which is a very rare memory overclock on most 680s.

GTX 690 equals GTX 680 SLI with all GK104 CUDA cores enabled. But probably you will end up with the same level of performance as your current GTX 670 FTW SLI setup. and If you gained any it will be an intangible difference without fraps judgement.

GTX 690 uses only a single PCB which will give you more space inside your case, also less heat dissipation, but the downside it won't overclock as well as GTX 670 FTWs generally.
GTX 670 require about 50-100 more clock to match GTX 680 in performance. If the GTX 690 can max out at 1150 MHz for example, a GTX 670 SLI setup at 1254 MHz will perform more or less the same level as this GTX 690.
The choice is yours if you think it is worth it or not. But TBH a 670 + $280 for a fully working GTX 690 is a good deal.

Good Luck.
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If you know them and trust them enough to run some tests on your own machine before forking the money over, it would be worthwhile. Run simple things like a couple passes of 3DMark or Heaven, and play 10-15 minutes of your favorite game.

If it's a stranger through Craigslist, and you need to trade in a public place, I would use a little more caution; like finding out beforehand if it was an EVGA (for example) and looking up the serial number to see if you can do the Guest RMA's, should any problems arise post purchase.

But I have to ask, are you OK with trading what will basically amount to sidegrading from what you currently have?
     
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Well my 670s run at 1290 on the core, nice clocks. Yes it is Craigslist, and is willing to trade for a card and now 260 cash. I was originally thinking of doing the trade so I could have a sweet physx card (the spare 670), but on another thread on here people were saying that even a 780 would not do me too much as a dedicated physx card. I am happy with my two cards, was just thinking that a 690 for 260-280 with the trade of a 670 could be a decent deal with being able to sell off the other 670 right away. And then when upgrade time comes round again the 690 might hold some decent value
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