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I recently posted a thread questioning what my GPU could handle resolution wise. Well I thought I had a EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition. I got to looking and its not. I bought it off a friend for $200 last fall and thought he told me it was a FTW edition. I have about $500 to spend. What would you guys do? Should I buy a second GTX 670? Or is there a card that would be better for the $500? I was also thinking about buying a set of GTX 670 FTW's off ebay for $600.
post #2 of 17
Why not go 780Ti?
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Will my little 1090T bottleneck with a 780?
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Originally Posted by imp0st3r View Post

Will my little 1090T bottleneck with a 780?

thats a phenom series right?

i think it will bottleneck the 780, (but not by much) but then again, if it bottle necks the 780, it will likely bottleneck 670 sli also.
Edited by IMKR - 3/19/14 at 5:39pm
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Resolution?
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670sli and 780 are >relatively< similar strength. If you're CPU limited in a game you'd be held back with both options. If you're not, you wouldn't be held back with either
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I havent seen my PC usage go up more than 40% in the few games I play
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You need to monitor usage per core, not really overall. Overall usage is irrelevant unless stuff is perfectly threaded - on a quad core CPU for example, a reading of 25% load could seem very low, but actually be one core working at max and three cores idle
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is there a specific program I can use to do that? And at what point will I know if my 1090T is bottlenecking or will bottleneck with a newer GPU?
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You can see from task manager performance tab, at least on w7 (they changed some stuff on w8 which makes it harder to tell for some games etc)

Also a tool like MSI afterburner for monitoring GPU's

If you don't have 2 screens, hwinfo logging paired with this is great: http://www.hwinfo.com/forum/Thread-LogViewer-for-HWINFO-is-available

If you are CPU limited or GPU limited will depend on a few things:

If you like certain games, a few like Starcraft 2 or some MMO's (gw2) there's some that stick out to be low-threaded and perform significantly better on something like an overclocked 4670k~

The more you increase resolution and antialiasing, the more stress you will put on GPU's relative to CPU's. Graphics settings often increase GPU stress without adding CPU load, too. If you like doing this it's quite easy to be GPU limited a lot of the time unless you have a monster card

If you're targeting high FPS with "weaker" graphics/resolution/aa, you're more likely to be CPU limited

As for the thread title: Something like sli670 vs 780-780ti - that's a kinda tough call. You might wanna wait out 6 months for Maxwell cards, though we don't know so much about them aside from gm107 (750, 750ti) having awesome power efficiency (which translates into significantly higher performance in the same power window)
Edited by Cyro999 - 3/19/14 at 7:11pm
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