What should I get? Another 560 Ti or EVGA's 680 FTW?

By reinisnud
Jul 13, 2012
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  1. Hi,

    I recently bought a new custom pc, but kept old 560 Ti in it.
    So System what I have now:
    850w PSU Corsair;
    16gb Kingston Ram 1600Mhz;
    3770k i7 Intel Cpu @ 4.7Ghz
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H;
    Gigabyte 560 Ti Video card;

    There is 2.2 Cm distance between Cards. I would get a 560 Ti in no time if I wouldnt be worried about the heat.

    I want to buy a new video card or add another 560 Ti. But Selling my current 560 Ti would be hard here.
    I could get a new 560 Ti for 300$ (Hate prices in Latvia(East Europe))
    or Gigabyte's Gtx 680 2gb For 740$(Price here)
    or Gigabyte's Gtx 670 2gb for 570$(Price Here)
    I have a chance getting Evga's 680 FTW 4gb from US but its gonna be only on october 630$ (Price in the US)

    Question is, What would you do if you were me?

    EDIT: I am using old Monitor - 1440 x 900 Resoulution, Going to buy 1920 x 1080 Soon
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +258

    My opinion based on the fact that you aren't yet capable of gaming at 1080p resolutions is stick with your 560 till October and then get a much cheaper 670 from the US (instead of the FTW). For $630 you're inching pretty close to a pair of 670s @ $800. The rest of your machine would NOT be a bottleneck to a pair of 670s but I'd be willing to bet you would be happy with just 1 of them.
    dividebyzero likes this.
  3. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Huge thanks for reply :D
    But if I get pair of 670's? I guess I would need huge case modding or even buy a new one

    2.2 cm between cards aint much =/
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +258

    Yeah - that's why I was hinting at 1 being enough. There's not that big a performance difference between the 670 and 680.
  5. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks again,

    Btw is there big difference between Gigabyte's 670 and Evga's 670 SC 4gb version? its price is about $90 higher, Is it worth it?
    Last question, Promise XD
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +258

    Right now, only if you are running multi-monitor or very high (2560+) resolutions. For every game that is out at the moment 2GB is more than enough for anything lower.
  7. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thank you very much =)
  8. xcylent

    xcylent TechSpot Booster Posts: 267   +17

    I second LNCpapa's advice, and if you were to get a single 670 then OC it a little, you would reach near-680 levels, which (even without the OC) would absolutely obliterate any game out there right now. good luck!
  9. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 242   +42

    If it weren't for the space limitation, I would advise you to get a new gtx 670 and dedicate the 560 ti for physx. But since you have to choose, I think you would do better getting the gtx 670.

    I know the gigabyte's card is quite long (27.5cm). Evga's card is 24.1cm

    Here are some useful reviews

    http://www.ninjalane.com/reviews/video/gv-n670oc-2gd

    http://www.neoseeker.com/resourcelink.html?rlid=253646


    http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-670-Reviews-EVGA-and-Gigabyte/?page=1

    http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_geforce_gtx_670_oc,1.html
    reinisnud likes this.
  10. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Wooow, Thanks for replies :D
  11. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I didnt want to create a new post, So here's another qustion about my rig.

    Does it matter if 2nd card in SLI is running 8x mode and if it does, how big is the difference? Motherboard support just one 16x port
    "
      1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
        * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

      1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
      2. * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.)"
     
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    There might be a bandwidth limitation for PCI-E 2.0 x8 for the highest end cards like the the GTX 670/680 but it's fine for something like the 560Ti. But you don't need anywhere near 670 SLI for your 1920x1080 resolution anyway so don't worry about it - your mobo will be able to handle either a single GTX 670 or 560Ti SLI.
  13. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 242   +42

    I hope this bandwidth limitation is not true, anyone knows here I can check this information?
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Here's a good read. Difference between PCI-E 2.0 x8 and x16 is generally only a few fps or less.
    reinisnud likes this.


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