Twin Gtx670 4gb cards... can i do better?

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#1 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

So ive had this galaxy Gtx 670-4gb for over a year now. Im buying an overlord 1440p+120hz monitor and a second gtx670 to help power it. Both are sitting in my Amazon cart as I type this. What I want to know... can I do better price/performance wise? One more card will cost me just shy of $500 plus the $500 monitor. So were talking about a grand here. Now I could go and SLI two 780ti's for $1,400+Monitor, but thats ridiculous.

Im willing to go up to $700 on my gpu budget, but a single card is not as good as SLI at 1440p res, no? For instance.. id buy a single 780ti if its better then dual gtx6704gb. I bold that because I cant for the life of me find a 4gb 780ti. Idk why.. id think that extra gb is crucial at such resolutions, but like I said its been a year since ive been shopping for gpus so my knowledge is uh.. dated I guess.

so before I pull the trigger.. can I do better?

#2 Posted by Postmortem123 (7717 posts) -

You can't have a 4GB 780 Ti because they only make 3GB versions. Firstly because Nvidia want you to buy a TITAN for the extra VRAM, and secondly because it uses a 384-bit memory bus.

An overclocked 780ti is on par with 670 SLI.

#3 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

So would you say buying a second 670 is the most logical choice?

#4 Posted by Postmortem123 (7717 posts) -

if you don't mind the extra heat/noise and possible dual-card issues then yes.

Though you said it was $500 for the card - do you mean for one or both?

#5 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

$500 for one, yea. And yes I forget to inquire about HEAT. Noise... yea could be an issue, but I plan on getting a nice set of headphones, so..

But yes, heat.. My concern is I have a bottom-mounted PSU. Now it has .. what im hoping is an intake fan on the top of it. So id have to squeeze this second gpu in between the first gpu and PSU. Gives me about an inch of clearance between the gpu and psu.. Think there could be problems there?

I could move the gpu up one slot to get it away from the psu, but then im putting an inch between two gpus. Im guessing its wise to keep them as far apart as possible, yes?

#6 Edited by Klunt_Bumskrint (4239 posts) -

$500 for a 4GB 670?

Anyway I had 680 2 GB SLI before my current setup and only upgraded really because (I had the itch) because of the 2GB. The 780's have a bit more breathing room.

The 680's were still powering everything fine though.

#8 Posted by Horgen (110297 posts) -

@acanofcoke said:

$500 for a 4GB 670?

A quick search reveals that new ones cost that much yeah.. Though he can lower it to 350 or more if he buys a used one.

#9 Edited by Postmortem123 (7717 posts) -

I definitely wouldn't pay $500 for a 670, it would be insane; you can get a 780 for that price.

#10 Edited by 560ti (154 posts) -

No way I would pay $500 for a 4GB 670

You could sell your 670 4GB for $300-400 a long with using that $500 you saved to easily get a third party 780Ti

#11 Edited by PredatorRules (8486 posts) -

for 500$ I'd get GTX780, better yet sell your 670, get 2x 770

#12 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

I cant sell pc hardware.. my friends are too smart lol. You cant give this crap away... im not big on buying used.. ( though I may consider it )

But.. for $500 I can SLI two cards.. im just adding to what I already have. So If I shelved this card ( again I cant sell these things.. idk melt it down and get the gold out of it? ) and got twin 770s.. that would perform better then twin 670s? A stupid question yes, but is the performance gain vs twin 670s worth the extra $300? Because now im buying two cards instead of one..

And wtf why would a NEW 770 4gb cost LESS then a new 6704gb?

That's.. f***ed up, no?

#13 Posted by 04dcarraher (20085 posts) -

@Motokid6 said:

I cant sell pc hardware.. my friends are too smart lol. You cant give this crap away... im not big on buying used.. ( though I may consider it )

But.. for $500 I can SLI two cards.. im just adding to what I already have. So If I shelved this card ( again I cant sell these things.. idk melt it down and get the gold out of it? ) and got twin 770s.. that would perform better then twin 670s? A stupid question yes, but is the performance gain vs twin 670s worth the extra $300? Because now im buying two cards instead of one..

And wtf why would a NEW 770 4gb cost LESS then a new 6704gb?

That's.. f***ed up, no?

The 670 arent being made anymore hence the rise in price. Sell the 4gb 670 card on ebay. 770's are basically overclocked 680's so yes they would perform better then 670's. You would be better off keeping your current card until Nvidia or AMD releases their next lines.

#14 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

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@04dcarraher said:

@Motokid6 said:

I cant sell pc hardware.. my friends are too smart lol. You cant give this crap away... im not big on buying used.. ( though I may consider it )

But.. for $500 I can SLI two cards.. im just adding to what I already have. So If I shelved this card ( again I cant sell these things.. idk melt it down and get the gold out of it? ) and got twin 770s.. that would perform better then twin 670s? A stupid question yes, but is the performance gain vs twin 670s worth the extra $300? Because now im buying two cards instead of one..

And wtf why would a NEW 770 4gb cost LESS then a new 6704gb?

That's.. f***ed up, no?

The 670 arent being made anymore hence the rise in price. Sell the 4gb 670 card on ebay. 770's are basically overclocked 680's so yes they would perform better then 670's. You would be better off keeping your current card until Nvidia or AMD releases their next lines.

Yea that's been on the back of my mind as well.. There callin' for what.. q3, q4? For $750 id imagine a single 8 series card would be able to max out 1440p.. id hope.

#15 Edited by 560ti (154 posts) -

@Motokid6 said:

Yea that's been on the back of my mind as well.. There callin' for what.. q3, q4? For $750 id imagine a single 8 series card would be able to max out 1440p.. id hope.

It was originally scheduled for early summer but TSMC got delayed a ltitle bit (its looking like July-Sept so Q3).

$750 on a single 20nm gpu (GTX 800) should be pretty beastly. The current $750 graphics card (GTX 780TI classified) is a tad faster than a GTX 690 which is 2x680s on a single GPU (die shrink + new architecture should bring the highend 800 series GPU to at least 20-25% faster than a GTX 690).

#16 Edited by PredatorRules (8486 posts) -

@Motokid6 said:

I cant sell pc hardware.. my friends are too smart lol. You cant give this crap away... im not big on buying used.. ( though I may consider it )

But.. for $500 I can SLI two cards.. im just adding to what I already have. So If I shelved this card ( again I cant sell these things.. idk melt it down and get the gold out of it? ) and got twin 770s.. that would perform better then twin 670s? A stupid question yes, but is the performance gain vs twin 670s worth the extra $300? Because now im buying two cards instead of one..

And wtf why would a NEW 770 4gb cost LESS then a new 6704gb?

That's.. f***ed up, no?

Old hardware sells for more in new condition I mean.

If you can't sell it then no, only 2x 760 or 2x 770 would benefit you more than single 670.

In terms of an actual upgrade a single 780 will suffice. (don't forget that for single GPU you need a 40$ MOBO while for SLI you need a high end one that costs about 100$)

You can use you 670 for media center rig or just use it till it dies or give it to a friend of your for his birthday or something, IDK donate it to charity.

Also I wouldn't SLI another 670 in any situation unless your original bough for less than a year ago.

#17 Posted by gamespot4life (1227 posts) -

r9 290x is about 550 which is comparable to a titan

I would just upgrade and get a newer video card. alot of stuff doesnt support sli very well and you dont get double the performance its more like 1.5. Also the sound will be loud and its going to takealot of watts to power both those cards. you may just have to upgrade your power supply as well depending on what you currently have.

#18 Posted by RimacBugatti (1287 posts) -

@Motokid6:

Sell the GTX 670 and get a GTX 790.

#19 Posted by 04dcarraher (20085 posts) -

@gamespot4life said:

r9 290x is about 550 which is comparable to a titan

290x $550? many are $600-$850 ,and you can pick up a GTX 780 which is on par with a 290 and only is only slightly slower then a 290x for $500.

#20 Posted by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

@ Hm.. what to do what to DO... lol. My whole plans shot to s*** now.. but that's okay. It may be for the best. That's why I ask these questions here.

So the 790 is due.. soon. But that's going to be a $1,000 card.. so idk about that. My spending limit on a gpu is $750 give or take. Ive abandoned the idea of duel 670s.. dual 770s are peaking my interest now. Now again guys Im trying to run a 1440p resolution. And not just run it, but MAX it. I NEED to turn on all settings to the max.. that comes off as stubborn I know, but its what I spend the money for, ya know? ( And when I say max I don't mean ALL the bells and whistles just the logical ones )

So.. I see people recommending a single 780, a 790 ( when they come out out ) Would these cards be able to max out 1440p? ..at 120hz even? Because this monitor im getting is meant to be OC'ed to that refresh rate. A dip to 30fps is okay.. but beyond that and I feel as if I made a mistake with my purchase.

#21 Posted by mastershake575 (8359 posts) -

@Motokid6 said:

So.. I see people recommending a single 780, a 790 ( when they come out out ) Would these cards be able to max out 1440p? ..at 120hz even? Because this monitor im getting is meant to be OC'ed to that refresh rate. A dip to 30fps is okay.. but beyond that and I feel as if I made a mistake with my purchase.

All of the choices (780Ti, 790, dual 770) are good choices.

The weakest of the three and the current $750 card (780Ti classified) is getting good frames at 1600p (higher resolution than yours) on most modern games with all the bells and whistles turned on http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_780_Ti_Classified/1.html (790 and dual 770 would give you even more frames than those listed in the review + theres always a poorly optimized setting or two that can be turned off for a 20-40% FPS boost).

#22 Edited by Motokid6 (5989 posts) -

Thanks shake that may have been exactly what I needed to hear. Now the question is... do I drop nearly a grand on gpu(s) or,.. wait for the 8 series and spend the same amount? Most would say wait, but you see im eager to change setups. Ive been couch-PC gaming for over a year now and its grown old. I miss my desk. I miss my chair. Suppose I could just buy the monitor now and see what the 670 can do. God forbid I have to turn settings down to very high though I mean, cmon... lol.

#23 Posted by Daious (1808 posts) -

@560ti said:

No way I would pay $500 for a 4GB 670

You could sell your 670 4GB for $300-400 a long with using that $500 you saved to easily get a third party 780Ti

I completely agree with this. No way is a 670 worth 500 dollars.

#24 Posted by dbtbandit67 (353 posts) -

@Motokid6: That's a good card. Go for it!