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possible video card upgrade

Postby Kahless » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:34 am

I have been playing a lot of Metro Last Light. My Crossfired 6970's are starting to show their age during certain intense action sequences in the game and my frame rate goes down and gets a bit choppy. I haven't tried overclocking them I wasn't sure if it was worth it if all it does is give me 2 extra fps. I'm also running an i7 2600k cpu and 16 gigs of 1600mhz ram. I am wondering what would be an upgrade for my video cards? I was thinking I would have to go as high as a Geforce 780. From what I read a single Geforce 680 is comparably to two 6970's.
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Re: possible video card upgrade

Postby Hammer_Time » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:47 am

Hi Kahless, good to hear from ya!

I see what you mean ... decisions, decisions...

First of all of course is price, a GTX 780 will run you $650 to $700 :

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS ... _Cu_II_OC/

Metro 2033 performance:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS ... OC/18.html

Awesome? Yes indeed, but not cheap of course...

Another option? a pair of cheaper GTX 660 Ti cards:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphi ... html#sect5

Right now the price of a decent 660 Ti card costs just under $300 :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814125441

GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Free Metro: Last Light w/ purchase, limited offer

$289.99


Battlefield 3 performance on Ultra Settings at 1920x1080 have similar performance between a pair of SLi GTX 660 Ti cards and single GTX 780 card:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphi ... html#sect4

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2201/3/

The dual GTX 660 Ti cards in SLi are actually 19 fps FASTER than a single GTX 780 card in that benchmark, but these were tested on different platforms so take with grain of salt... my point is that a pair of GTX 660 Ti cards is comparable in overall performance to a single GTX 780 card, for cheaper...

However, nVidia is just about to launch their new GTX 760 Ti card ( a rebadged GTX 670 card essentially ) at the $299 price point in the next few weeks, so you should wait a month as GTX 6xx series prices will have to drop to clear out the old cards and not compete at the same price point as the new, faster GTX 7xx series cards.

I expect the 660 Ti card to drop down to the $240 to $250 price range once the GTX 760 Ti card is launched this month.

So you could pick up a pair of cheap 660 Ti's for around $500 or so, and have equivalent performance of a single more expensive GTX 780 card...

You may even consider picking up a pair of 660's ( non-Ti ) for $400 ( $200 each ), that is still a fairly potent combination considering the price...

Of course if you have $700 laying around right now ready to blow on a new card, then by all means go for the GTX 780 , awesome card, no SLi issues to worry about, less overall power draw and heat and noise than a pair of cards of course...

Comes down to budget in the end...happy shopping!!

AMD/ATi really needs to launch a new series of cards soon and/or DROP prices to compete with nVidia, since with the launch of the GTX 7xx series nVidia is really walking all over AMD now, and AMD still has not lowered pricing on their old models...they need to do something here...nVidia is killing them at every price point right now...
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Re: possible video card upgrade

Postby Sauron_Daz » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:41 am

A lot of money for a few FPS more..
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