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New video cards

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by Badgriuel, Jun 24, 2013

  1. Jul 20, 2010
    So I'm thinking of upgrading my video cards before BF4 comes out currently I have two GTX 555's each with 1GB on them. I would like to upgrade up and keep with using dual video cards as I love my SLI. I'm going to be sticking with NVIDIA though just what I like using. Had issues with AMD's in the past >.>. Any ideas on what would be good?

    Currently have an I7 3820 at 3.60 GHZ, 16GB of ram and 1TB HDD(might get an SDD) and running windows 7 woo :razz:.
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    I think you are fine with a single NV1
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    I'm really stumped with this kind of thing too. I'm buying a new PC but stuck between GTX 770, GTX 680 and possibly the ATI 7970. I've watched many reviews, some are saying the 770 is just a small upgrade on the 680, others saying it's better. Just need a few thoughts. Currently looking at the GTX 770 but just need a little clarification.
  4. Jul 20, 2010

    Nope need two all the time every time. Yea I hear mixed reviews as well people are saying the 660's and 670's are still really good. So idk.
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    I plan to be getting a second 680 for my rig. I had no issue with this card and after some independent performance testing I found that at 1080p full maxed graphic push I was using maybe 40% to 50% of the card and I love it. This past weekend I had a high graphic mod for ME and CSS running and saw both the temperature and usage to be fine.

    New Nvidia cards for this generation may not outperform the AMD though but if your heart is set, invest in proper cooling.

    Note: This is horribly written since I just got to my PC in the morning and typing this in 1 hand :neutral:
  6. Jun 23, 2010
    How much are you willing to spend?
  7. Mar 12, 2008


    do this.
  8. Dec 6, 2011
    @Badgriuel if you're waiting for BF4, you might as well wait for the 8000 series from AMD.
    Don't be a fool =S Crossfire/SLI is not doubling the power, and you run into many limitations across a lot of games. Especially if you're only doing it for 1080p, and won't spend more than $400-$500 (which seems like where your price point is).

    Now, as for what cards you'll be looking at, judging by the expectations of BF4 (and every other game release after it), I'm almost certain that 2GB memory cards could run into some limitations at 1920x1080 and higher. What could this leave you with? Well, there's a 7950 for ~$250 or cheaper when when the 8000 series releases at the end of the year, there's 7970's for probably $330-$350, GTX 770's for $500 (only 2GB memory...), GTX 780's for $650. The SECOND Kelper refresh cards (700 series) won't be of value for long, once AMD releases their new Sea Islands GPU Architecture (8000 series), they're bound to be no more than $350-$400/$500 respectively. 8000 series should be coming in at something like $400-$500 to overthrow Nvidia cards in price/performance as usual. Also remember that Maxwell GPUs (GTX 800 series) will come out some time around late Q1 2014, which will be some ridiculous pricing like $500/$650. (See the dumb, never-ending pattern for Nvidia having their tops cards being a lot more expensive for little/no performance boost?)

    With all of that said, going for any mid-range multiple 2012 GPU setup wouldn't be the smartest idea. Memory limitations await you, unless you plan on upgrading in less than 2 years.
    As it goes, the past is the past and with the 7000 series from AMD, they've really stepped it up (just wait for the Sea Islands GPUs too...). Drivers have been rock solid, even better than Nvidia currently, and going with any 7000 series GPU, you're going to get a great card with mature drivers that will give you the most bang for your buck.

    It'd be a pretty good idea to wait for the 8000 series from AMD to make any decision, because even if you don't choose them, you'll save a large chunk of money.

    P.S. OH GOD, THE ALIENWARE, IT BUUUUUUUUURRRRRRNS (may want to think about a larger, more efficient case for cooling).
  9. Mar 26, 2009
    Running SLI for the sake of running SLI is dumb and a waste of money. Unless you're running at extreme resolutions (like 3 x 2560p monitors) then one card will be fine for you. Outside of extreme resolutions, all of the problems associated with SLI are not worth it. Microstuttering, tearing, midgetframes, gaaah.
  10. Dec 6, 2011
    Yepper. Another reason is for me running an Overlord Tempest @ 2560x1440 at 120Hz. Basically need to keep 120fps to get the most out of my monitor.
  11. Aug 2, 2010

    What monitor do you have?

    I just picked up 2 more 23" Dell Ultrasharps. Sadly they're for my office :frown: and not my gaming rig.
  12. Dec 6, 2011
    Currently a 24'' Haier, but the Overlord Tempest OC will be coming sometime this Fall-ish. I'm going to be doing two 8970's when they come out I believe.
  13. Jan 21, 2011
    Not necessarily. If the refresh rate is higher than the framerate like on most TV's these days, you'll still see a difference vs a lower refresh rate, but I guess that's for a different thread.
  14. Jun 11, 2012
    And it looks pretty awfully eery to the point I can't look at the images but only be disturbed by the weird refresh rate. Uncanny valley all over again
  15. Feb 9, 2012
    i just recently returned my 680 and used that money to buy a 770. i did notice a decent increase in some benchmarking but not too much, mainly due to me going from an msi twin frozr 680 to a reference 770. but yes a 770 is a much better buy than a 680 given the price.
  16. Dec 6, 2011
    Not sure why nobody is waiting for Maxwell/Sea Islands architecture... O.o
  17. Aug 2, 2010

    Perhaps they just want a new one right the hell now otherwise their heads will assplode.

    Anyway Bad, if I were you, I would wait for the new 8000 series from AMD to come out. Yes I know you had a spotty history with AMD but they're really started kicking ass again starting with the 6000 series.
  18. May 14, 2011

    Thought I'd point out that AMD acquired ATI in 2006 and the ATI name hasn't been used by AMD since 2010.
  19. Jan 21, 2011
    The 6000 series sucked. The 5000 and 7000 series are great though so hopefully the 8000 series will be good too.
  20. Dec 6, 2011
    I heard mixed reviews about the 6000 series that's for sure. Although, @Churma 's 6970's in crossfire were his pride and joy, as well as a few others I've seen from people, so maybe they just had a bunch of bad batches?