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Step up my 570 to a 580 or 570 SLI again?

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  • 47% (10)
    570 SLI again
  • 52% (11)
    580 for 0.25GB extra ram now, SLI down the road (wait for price drop)
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post #1 of 22
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I sold my 570 like 2-3 weeks ago and I've been contemplating on whether I should step up my 580 or go for 570 SLI again. I sold it for a great price, almost the price that it's worth new. Reason for selling it was that I felt like VRAM was a limiting factor. The games that VRAM was an issue was Crysis 1/Warhead and Stalker. I had no problem running Metro at AAA maxed out with PhysX and I did not see much of a graphical difference between AAA and 4X, so I kept it at AAA. GTA4 has no problem with just 1.25GB of ram either. I only play at 1080p. Every other game ran 120FPS (VSYNC) like a dream. I'm getting my 3D Vision Kit next Tuesday and I really want enough performance to play all my games. 570s were great, I just don't know if 170+shipping is worthy enough to step up to a 580 1.5GB when I have enough money at the minute for another 570.

Do you guys think 1.5GB is enough for 1080p for the next acouple years? I don't plan to upgrade anymore than 580 SLI for a long long time if I go that route or 570 SLI. I just don't want to be stuck with 1.25GB VRAM for a long time when games start to use more than 1.25GB at 1080p.
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post #2 of 22
If you SLi it'll be close to GTX590 speeds, so a single GTX580 vs an SLi setup is kind of a no brainer.

Go with the SLi.
post #3 of 22
save your money and wait for 3Gb 580 and if the money is right i buy your 570
    
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post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
3GB is out of my price range. I'm looking towards the future. 570 SLI vs 580 SLI, I just want to know if the $150-170 difference worth the step up. Does anyone with a single 580 at 1080/1200p max out their VRAM in any case, how about Stalker bench?

edit: Just want to add, Stalker, even with the VRAM bottleneck, the game still managed to run super smooth at 120FPS no problems with SLI maxed out DX11. My only concern was Crysis Warhead framerate was dropping hugely during the ending boss scene, it dropped to like 30s from the upper 70s-90s.
Edited by LivingChampion - 4/28/11 at 12:16am
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post #5 of 22
TBH, I doubt many games will actually use an SLi 580 setup on a single screen, even with 3d enabled.

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I would say go with the step up if your wanting the cards to last a couple years. 1.25gb is plenty now for most games but there is those that like more. Also all that horsepower will be needed in the coming years.
 
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post #7 of 22
I like my SLI setup... your on 950 core so you might not need it. I don't think I really need two. Its nice to have but for 300 plus dollars there isn't enough games that are using my cards like they should. But I guess with a 120hz it would be more compelling.
 
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post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by LivingChampion View Post
3GB is out of my price range. I'm looking towards the future. 570 SLI vs 580 SLI, I just want to know if the $150-170 difference worth the step up. Does anyone with a single 580 at 1080/1200p max out their VRAM in any case, how about Stalker bench?

edit: Just want to add, Stalker, even with the VRAM bottleneck, the game still managed to run super smooth at 120FPS no problems with SLI maxed out DX11.
Im running 2x 570's in sli @ 1920x1200p, and i havent had any problems what so ever. So i would have to say no, it isnt worth it. Not for that little bit of extra vram.

What you need to ask yourself, is do you need those few extra settings maxed out. You just said your game ran super smooth at 120fps.

Also, as someone once told me, the thing with vram is: You either have enough for your current circumstance(game/setup) or you dont. If a game with certain settings maxed out is using 1100mb of vram then the extra ram on that 580 will make no difference. You either have enough, or you dont. And at 120fps id say you have enough, just as long as you dont have any problems with the textures and details. If everything looks good enough for you, then id say save your money.
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post #10 of 22
been there, done both. I'd recommend GTX570 SLI for now. Your res isn't pushing it's VRAM, unless if you are crazy with your AA settings. At my res, that little bit extra helps.... a lot. Not enough vs the HD6950 2GB unlocked, but still rather good.
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