Nvidia Preps GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition and GeForce GTX 790 Graphics Cards

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aprisandi

wow

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balindos

If that comes out to be true about the 790s price. I think for a grand its a good price compared to whatever else.

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Baer

I have built three dual GPU rigs, a pair of GTX 480's then a pair of GX 560's and now a pair of GTX 780 TI's, all of them pushing three monitors @ 5760 X 1200 and all have run extremely well. As for selling a generation or two GPU's there is a lot of demand for them as long as your price is reasonable. Generally I upgrade my GPU's every other generation.

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Dexter243

i know my 280x is a bagged 7970 with 4 gig vram
but my single 280x on a 27" in 1080p looks amazing in bf4 on ultra and runs flawless
amd 6300
adata 16gig ram ddr3 1866
samsung 840 256 gig ssd
ASrock AM3 990x MB
very nice gaming rig with a very comfortable price range

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h3rmanmunst3r

I don't recall this article asking for your PC specs, but thanks for letting us know that you have a far below average gaming PC!!!

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kixofmyg0t

That's not far below average. You might want to look up Steam's hardware statistics.

The "average" user has a i3 and no dedicated GPU. So his rig is well above the average.

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Ninjawithagun

Agreed! He's running an AMD CPU? Really? And what's up with the single SSD? Anyone knows that you should run SSDs in RAID 0! And only one AMD 280x? No Crossfire? Multiple FAILS!

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LatiosXT

I can't tell if Ninjawithagun is being serious or sarcastic...

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yammerpickle2

I'm glad that displays finally crawled out from under HD and are pushing AMD and Nvidia to go to bigger memory. Now if only they can bring out Maxwell so we can get to the memory easier.

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PCWolf

To be Honest, I'm not a big fan of Dual GPU cards or SLI/Crossfire due to me not liking the need for "Profiles" or Trusting ATI/NVidia to hire competent Driver writers. I'm a 1 GPU kind of guy.

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LatiosXT

I tried a dual GPU setup once, but I won't do it again. It had nothing to do with the drivers and I think both vendors default the rendering mode to AFR because it's the most compatible form of rendering.

The only reason why I won't go back to dual GPU is:
* You need a lot of space
* You need a beefier PSU. This make sound like a duh, but I would be willing to bet a single GTX 580 would've chewed up a lot less power than the two GTX 560 Ti's I was running, and both perform roughly the same.
* Both GPUs may run warmer.
* You have to get rid of two pieces of hardware when it comes time to upgrade. I don't know many people who want outdated hardware, let alone two people.

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Innomasta

I could think of 100 people who would love an SLI setup of two 560TI's. Send 'em over i'll sell 'em in a week.

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John Pombrio

Yeah, I have had the opportunity to have dual graphics cards but frankly I never wanted to deal with the drivers. If 4K takes off tho, we are both going to have to change our minds...

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Obsidian

I'm in the same camp as you.

I'm also in the camp that probably could, but won't spend $1000 on a single computer component in my build(s). I just can't justify it. I'd rather spend more cash on a larger SSD for my game installs.

I've been considering a $700 graphics card, but then I think, "wow, $700 just for one piece of hardware that will probably be poorly supported no matter who I buy it from, that's too much money."

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John Pombrio

I kind of match my graphics card to the monitor. With a 27 inch 2160x1440 monitor, the bigger graphics card will drive pretty much anything I can play these days. I do not even want to THINK about driving a 4K monitor.

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SirGCal

Ohh, might finally have a way to replace my 690... The 2G per GPU limit has been aggravating. Though 3 each seems a bit tight but... better then 2.

And yes, the 690 actually gets recognized in the configuration tool as two 690s (ever-so-slightly under-clocked 680).

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Obsidian

I've never owned a dual-GPU graphics card, well, not since the Bitchin'fast 3D 2000 ;)

So does the 790 get recognized as SLI, just in one single package or are they a single card through-and-through? I ask because of some driver issues with SLI gaming support.

I find it hard to believe that a $1000 graphics card is what the discrete graphics community is asking for, but good on them for continuing to push their hardware.

I look forward to the MPC review and first impressions. Measure some power consumption and noise levels for us. Maybe they were able to tweak some other benefits out of this implementation.

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Ninjawithagun

Nvidia drivers allow you to enable and disable multi-GPU with a single dual-GPU graphics card. This is done through the Nvidia control panel. All you need to do is select the "Maximize 3D Performance" option to turn on SLI or "multi-GPU off" for single GPU configuration. This option does work for both the GTX590 and GTX690. Should be able to work for the upcoming GTX790 as well.

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praetor_alpha

The 790 will likely appear as one GPU, no SLI, just like all the previous dual GPU NV cards. That said, they still carry the performance qualities of SLI, i.e. games and drivers will have to optimize for them to take full advantage of them.

The last (and only) such card I've ever had was a 9800 GX2. It appeared as a single GPU to Windows. It lasted about 3 months until I did that EVGA trade up for a GTX 280.

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Innomasta

It's advertising 300W TDP I believe, and the 790 will likely show up as two 780's to the OS, where you will need to enable SLI.

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Innomasta

That 790 will be a STEAL. I'm so glad high VRAM is finally starting to make an impact, in my opinion it was a necessity long ago. I have no doubt many people have bought tri SLI-FIRE setups only to be bottlenecked on their measly 1,2,3GB of VRAM. Hell I ran my 780 at 1440P on Bioshock infinite and i hit 2.7GB!

It looks like now that the market is starting to move towards higher resolutions they've finally decided to incorporate that extra memory to go with the mainstream trend. The only MFG I believe really saw this coming and designed for it was AMD/ATI. They've always put more VRAM into their cards over the comparatively powered and priced NVIDIA.

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LatiosXT

If NVIDIA is combining specs on the GTX 790, you're only getting 5GB of useable memory for each GPU if there's no homogenous setup. And thus, you only get 5GB of VRAM available to you (both GPUs can't share each other's memory pool)

Still, that's a lot more than 3GB.

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Innomasta

I'm aware of that. My point was: 5GB is a lot more than 3.

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Ninjawithagun

Agreed! And with 5GB, gaming at 4K won't be an issue :D