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Sigh...bought a SECOND GTX680 (meaning I would in theory have 3 GPUs now) - and this one seems faulty:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1476088/bought-a-used-gtx680-and-benchmarks-are-failing-instantly-is-it-faulty


EDIT:
Please read this post:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1472713/just-need-to-confirm-sli-compatibility#post_21952783

Update post:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1472713/what-would-you-do-in-my-shoes-with-a-gtx680/30#post_21961765

Below is when I was wondering about SLI compatibility: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hi there,

Just need to make sure and run it through someone really.
I want to SLI this card:
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N680GTX_Twin_Frozr_2GD5OC_.html

I can SLI it without any problems with ANY GTX680? Be it another brand or a different base clock?

As for opinions on SLI:
What's you opinions on it? The reason I want to SLI is very simple. I want to run 60FPS+ on a 1440p monitor which I'm planning on buying. I quite like Nvidia, despite loving the performance increases with Mantle.

What's the best course of action?
I don't want to be spending more than £120 / $200 on an upgrade really (2nd GTX680). I think it will be extremely hard for me to bag a deal, but it MIGHT be plausible....redface.gif

Thanks for any replies in advance,
Dubbed
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 3/22/14 at 7:53am
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You can SLI any 680's together, doesn't matter what brand or memory size (although you will be limited to the lower memory amount).

Obviously any dual card setup has certain issues, longer frame times, lacking driver support in smaller games or games on release etc. However if you can snag a 680 for £120 I see no reason not to do it.

Good luck finding one! smile.gif
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You can SLI any 680's together, doesn't matter what brand or memory size (although you will be limited to the lower memory amount).

Obviously any dual card setup has certain issues, longer frame times, lacking driver support in smaller games or games on release etc. However if you can snag a 680 for £120 I see no reason not to do it.

Good luck finding one! smile.gif

Thanks buddy!
What would be the alternate?
I looked at the 780 - but then saw benches vs a 770 in SLI (and I know the 770 > 680) and the SLI 770s came up with over 30-40FPS better over the single 780.

Reason I mention the 780 - as if I were to sell my own 680 and then put the £120 towards the money sold I MIGHT be able to get a 780.
What's your take on that?
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Thanks buddy!
What would be the alternate?
I looked at the 780 - but then saw benches vs a 770 in SLI (and I know the 770 > 680) and the SLI 770s came up with over 30-40FPS better over the single 780.

Reason I mention the 780 - as if I were to sell my own 680 and then put the £120 towards the money sold I MIGHT be able to get a 780.
What's your take on that?
At 1440p I would take the 780, but it's up to you. Would you rather have more raw FPS with the SLI 680's and possibly run into issues with certain games (maybe even issues hitting 2GB vram limit) or a smoother, easier experience with the 780.

770 is essentially the same as a 680 when both are overclocked, the 770 may come out slightly faster due to better memory speeds but the clock for clock they are the same.

Also I'm assuming the monitor is 60 Hz, so if the SLI 680's do give you an extra 30 fps but take you over that 60 Hz barrier then there is no benefit.
96 Hz - 120 Hz, got it.
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At 1440p I would take the 780, but it's up to you. Would you rather have more raw FPS with the SLI 680's and possibly run into issues with certain games (maybe even issues hitting 2GB vram limit) or a smoother, easier experience with the 780.

770 is essentially the same as a 680 when both are overclocked, the 770 may come out slightly faster due to better memory speeds but the clock for clock they are the same.

Hmm well, I'm buying a 1440p QNIX for a certain reason:
1. Higher FPS (96hz)
2. Resolution
3. PLS / IPS-esk display

So in all honesty, I just want to get the most out of the monitor and take advantage of the beautiful resolution + screen quality and not be really "bottlenecked" by my GPU.
I do realise even 780ti in SLI would struggle to hit 120FPS on 1440p running BF4 on Ultra for example.

Drivers I'm very wary about and afraid of to be honest. For example, the shadowplay SLI bug
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Would you believe it, nabbed one - looking forward to getting it in!
SLI 680 it's your time to shine ladies.

Edited by Totally Dubbed - 3/15/14 at 12:41pm
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Annnnd I'm back to square one.
Seems like the seller has tried to scam me - I'll give it till midweek then fill out a paypal claim.

Anyway - now looking at my options. I WANT it to cope with 1440p @ 96hz.
Now What I'm looking at is a few options:
Op1: SLI the 680 for around £150
Op2: Sell the 680 (hope for the most) - and then buy a single 780 (£300)
Op3: Sell the 680 (hope for the most) - and then buy a dual 770 SLI setup (£400)
Op4: Keep the 680, wait till prices drop and go from there?
Op5: Sell the 680 and jump on the AMD bandwagon

The CHEAPEST option (opt1) I think is personally the best (almost competes with the 770SLI setup)
I think the 780 route is the worst, simply because a single 780 would struggle to cope at 1440p (playing BF4 on medium for example) - a 680SLI or 770SLI setup would outperform it easily.

What's people's thoughts? Would love to know your input smile.gif

Note: Prices of the 770 and 780 are based on USA prices. My mum will be travelling to the USA for a few months, and thus could nab me those GPUs. UK prices are higher than that
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 3/15/14 at 12:49pm
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Annnnd I'm back to square one.
Seems like the seller has tried to scam me - I'll give it till midweek then fill out a paypal claim.

Anyway - now looking at my options. I WANT it to cope with 1440p @ 96hz.
Now What I'm looking at is a few options:
Op1: SLI the 680 for around £150
Op2: Sell the 680 (hope for the most) - and then buy a single 780 (£300)
Op3: Sell the 680 (hope for the most) - and then buy a dual 770 SLI setup (£400)
Op4: Keep the 680, wait till prices drop and go from there?
Op5: Sell the 680 and jump on the AMD bandwagon

The CHEAPEST option (opt1) I think is personally the best (almost competes with the 770SLI setup)
I think the 780 route is the worst, simply because a single 780 would struggle to cope at 1440p (playing BF4 on medium for example) - a 680SLI or 770SLI setup would outperform it easily.

What's people's thoughts? Would love to know your input smile.gif

Note: Prices of the 770 and 780 are based on USA prices. My mum will be travelling to the USA for a few months, and thus could nab me those GPUs. UK prices are higher than that
I would say it all comes down to whether or not you want to do SLI.

If you are dead set on SLI, then stick with what you got and do SLI 680's. IIRC the 770 has the same amount of shaders as the 680, so no real upgrade there.

However if you don't want SLI I'd say wait a month or so for prices to drop more and pick up an R9 290 for ~400ish. Right now some non ref models are down below $500 (still over MSRP...) but LTC's difficulty is increasing rapidly so they should keep dropping. The extra 2gb VRAM will help with 1440p and a single 290 that is oc'ed is pretty darn fast.

The only thing I'm worried about with SLI 680's is the VRAM limit, if you have 2gb cards you will easily hit it and then you get massive stuttering.
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I would say it all comes down to whether or not you want to do SLI.

If you are dead set on SLI, then stick with what you got and do SLI 680's. IIRC the 770 has the same amount of shaders as the 680, so no real upgrade there.

However if you don't want SLI I'd say wait a month or so for prices to drop more and pick up an R9 290 for ~400ish. Right now some non ref models are down below $500 (still over MSRP...) but LTC's difficulty is increasing rapidly so they should keep dropping. The extra 2gb VRAM will help with 1440p and a single 290 that is oc'ed is pretty darn fast.

The only thing I'm worried about with SLI 680's is the VRAM limit, if you have 2gb cards you will easily hit it and then you get massive stuttering.

Indeed, that's my worry too - the VRAM that is.
They are/will be indeed 2GB cards. 4GB cards are expensive and hard to come by now (680 speaking).

As for "dead set on SLI" - well the ONLY reason I would want to SLI is the fact that I know it would outperform the 780 or even a 290 for the given setup I want to push through it.
Of course with SLI: more power consumption, more points of "failure", driver and game compatibility, and yes VRAM limitations
However: Better FPS, not as limited, cheaper option.

That's why I'ma bit drawn right now. I've always been a single man (well not really, but the pun is phunny right? haha), but I don't mind twins. Twins bazel, twins!
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when I saw the thread title the first thing that came to mind was get another one and SLI them!
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