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2x970 vs 3 680's

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peugot

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hello, i have 2 970's i use now, and i have 3 680's that i dont use. its hard to find stats about these setups. what would give me most computing power to use ? 2x 970 sli or 3x680 sli?
 
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peugot

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the 680's are one asus directcu II TOP and the other are reference, the 970's are both reference if it matters
 

caddi daddi

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it looks like the 680 is one notch over a 280x, taking a quick look at reviews, so yea, 2 970's.
more vram and less watts and heat.
if you have the option a single 980 will be better than 2 970's, at least mine is.
 

Janus67

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What are you looking for for computing power? For games, applications, folding?
 
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peugot

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its just in general, i do play games and some editing(not much). i just want most horsepower from this system and will soon use the other solution for a pc in my livingroom that will just be used on one TV. the main one needs to push my triplescreen in all my tasks

it looks like the 680 is one notch over a 280x, taking a quick look at reviews, so yea, 2 970's.
more vram and less watts and heat.
if you have the option a single 980 will be better than 2 970's, at least mine is.

no can do, all the cards mentioned are already in the house :)
 
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EarthDog

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If you have triple screens, you will want to use the 970's regardless simply because of vRAM. 680's, typically, have 2GB while the 970 has 4GB(3.5GB 'fast').

I assume you are running 1080p on the single monitor... I wouldn't use 3 680's there for sure. So much power use, potential noise, scaling issues, etc, its just not worth the hassle for 1080p. A 680 or two will be plenty. Also consider selling the 3 680's for a single card that uses 1/3 the power (thinking GTX 960 or a used 970).
 

NiHaoMike

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An exception is that the 3 680s will do better with double precision compute. Which is basically not used in gaming and rarely used in GPGPU applications you're likely to come across.