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EVGA 670 4GB SC+ or 770/780?

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by FireFreak111, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. FireFreak111

    FireFreak111 Member

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    Recently my 6850 died for unknown reasons, and I had to first resort to a 4650, I nearly died when I found no modern game would run at 1080p on lowest of low settings (not even Skyrim!!!). Luckily I was spared insanity when I found a 450.

    Now, over the past year I have evolved into a enthusiast image loving quality freak. I am looking for a card which has the performance to run my Skyrim mods (ENB + SGSSAA), BF3 Maxed, Crysis 2/3 maxed (3 will very likely tax a 670 on max), and all other titles on max. I am also leaving 2GB out of the question, considering my HD texture pack ambitions and modding plans. (I researched this heavily).

    So far, the EVGA 670 4GB SC+ W/BP is really pulling me in, with it being the cheapest 4GB card which can fit my case (10.6" max, Storm Scout 1), and the lack of a noticeable difference between a 670 OC+ and a 680 OC (4-5% or so). $600 here in Australia (yes, all things Nvidia are very expensive here for some wacked out reason). In the cheapest store in Australia (and best IMO)
    https://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=247&bid=4&sid=97000

    The question is whether that card is worth getting now, or waiting for the next gen. Reason being that its already nearly half way into its lifetime (and I cant get the card for about a month or so), and what happened this gen. The 670/680 performing a lot better than the last gen. And finally, its pretty reasonable to expect next years 770 and 780 to come with 3-4GB of VRAM standard at least, and likely a wider memory bus, along with the usual performance improvements.

    Would it be worth getting a 670/680 towards the end of this year? Or would waiting for a 770 or 780 (considering I will have a lot more money by then) be prudent?

    (BTW, next year, in terms of CPU, I am getting a Haswell i5/i7 to match whatever card I have/will get, considering that will probably be the time to upgrade 1st gen Core's. CPU bottlenecking isn't an issue due to this, nor is PCI-E 3.0).
     
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  2. AndreasGuido

    AndreasGuido Ancient Guru

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    Are you happy to wait? can you cope with current fps you get? if yes then i would say wait. Then again if you get 670 now it will last you a while.
     
  3. FireFreak111

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    Yeah, another big reason I am considering waiting was 1440p performance, thinking about getting a new monitor, not sure if single 670 performance would cut it. At 1080p the 670 is a beast. I'm thinking I should wait it out as long as possible, and if I snap before the next gen I will buy a 670. I know the rewards are great if I wait it out.
     
  4. AndreasGuido

    AndreasGuido Ancient Guru

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    Yea save up for both and get one hell of an upgrade when released :)
     

  5. ESlik

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    With the monitor upgrades etc. you are planning on,it just makes sense to wait for the next gen cards. I'm an upgrade nut,but I convinced myself to wait for the next gen Video.
     
  6. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    HD 4650 = rls. date: 2008-09-10; 55nm; 48Watts; 384GFLOPS
    GTS 450 = rls. date: 2010-09-13; 40nm; 106W; 902GFLOPS
    Difference in TDP target + 55nm vs 40nm and 2 years of evolution. Really not much to compare. Low end vs mainst-ream.

    Now to your question. In case you plan 1440p, I would wait for gtx 770/780. (In case I were You.)
    As I am myself I know that I play TES4: Skyrim at 2880x1620@120Hz LCD and with max settings + FXAA instead of classical AA.
    And even FXAA is not needed as you can see at such resolution pixelated edges only from close look at screen and only on static objects.
    (I do not play games 20cm from LCD and definitely not playing them for stills. I play them for dynamic action.)

    Solid 120fps on one slightly OCed HD7970. And I have 2 dozens of mods which improve visuals. HD7970 loves higher resolutions.

    And I believe nV will make sure 7xx series will be bit more ready than 6xx searies.
     
  7. jordash

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    If you can't wait the 670 will do 1440p with a good OC easily. I've been successful with a 1620p downsample on most games @ 60 fps(CPU hungry games are more difficult due to my AMD phenom)with a mixture of Nvidia AA. You wouldn't be disappointed if you bought one today.
     

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