To buy a 690 or not to buy ??

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  1. gd12

    gd12 Member

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    Hi to everyone ... in a few months I am going to make a new PC ( desktop ) , from scratch and I am thinking of buying a gtx 680 or gtx 690 . My monitor's screen resolution is 1920x1080 ( 24 inches ) ..
    Do you think that putting a 690 in that monitor is a waste of money ??? Because, as we all know, the gtx 690 isn't cheap ... I want to play games in the best possible way in high settings and I am not thinking of neither buying a new monitor nor connecting the card in multiple monitors or TV.. so, the target in my case is frame rates ... Do you think that 680 should do the trick ???
     
  2. hallryu

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    A single 680 or 7970 is enough for that resolution.
     
  3. Spets

    Spets Ancient Guru

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    680 should be enough, if you feel it isn't you can always grab another one.
     
  4. Veteran

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    Buy Buy Buy!
     

  5. TheDeeGee

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    Seeing the price of the 690 id personally get 2 x 680 4GB.

    Easier to sell in the future aswell.
     
  6. Frohman0905

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    If the leaked benchmarks are true, even a GTX670 is plenty for that resolution.
     
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    I dunno the 590 still sells for £500 easily and thats old now,i think the 690 will be on par with Mars II and there a limited build so who knows when stocks will dry up,i may buy another one depending on the next 2-3 weeks.

    I wont need to buy any cards again for about 5 years gaming at my resolution of 1440p.
     
  8. Denial

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    You can always buy a 680 and tri SLI it with the 690 - the PLX chip supports it supposedly.
     
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    This, if you can find one
     
  10. lucidus

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    Single 680 will be fine.
     

  11. Spets

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    If you do plan on getting the 690, you'll have to decide fast :p they'll be gone the moment they hit the shelves.
     
  12. Comrade_Jerkov

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    Considering the current scarcity of the 680, you will likely have to be first in line for the 690. If you're just playing at 1080, then a 680 will be great for years to come. Hopefully by the time the 690 comes out there will be some more 680's available.
     
  13. Denial

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    690 is already out, and since it uses the same chip it's only going to cut into 680's supply.
     
  14. Krogtheclown

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    i wouldn't buy the 690, 2GB is ram is a shame and if you ever decide to use 3 monitors you'll be sorry you did.
    I had 3 580 and the 1.5 gig of ram was aweful.
     
  15. Comrade_Jerkov

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    True but very few people actually run a 3 monitor setup.
     

  16. valrond

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    I do, and I can play just fine with my GTX 480 SLI (which, btw is as powerful or even a little more than a GTX 680)
     
  17. Denial

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    Uhh, if you check benchmarks pretty much every test that the 690 beats crossfire 7970's in normal resolutions, it also beats by a larger margin in 3 monitor scenarios. Which to me, means that the 7970's larger amount of ram amounts to nothing.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-690-benchmark,3193-8.html
     
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  18. BlackZero

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    There's a massive difference between benchmarks and real world usage. Benchmarks tend to leave out all the stutters caused by a lack of vram.

    To illustrate, if your fps was constantly changing between the lowest and highest number recorded it would not be smooth enough to play, but the benchmark would simply give you the average number and you would assume that's where the fps stayed most of the time.
     
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  19. Comrade_Jerkov

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    That's proof that 1536 is plenty then.
     
  20. A M D BugBear

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    you can also make good profit from the 690 over time, buy a couple, wait several months later when it becomes absolutely scarce and utmost rare, sell it for 500 more, people will still buy it, sure cause its super duper pimp ass pooper rare.

    I know I am getting one.
     

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