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post #1 of 14
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I have bought a dell u2711 and I was able to stop the order of my two gtx 580 lightning and change them for two gtx 580 3gb instead to have more vram to max out all games at that resolution. Also for other games yhat might come.
Which card do you recommend me? What about the new zotac gtx 580 3b?
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post #2 of 14
You should have stuck with the 580 Lightnings - they are beastly cards, and you won't need more than 1.5GB of vram if your just going to stick with a single monitor - 3GB will be worth it if you switch to nvidia surround (triple monitor)
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I can still have them. What would be the difference between both cards in performance?
Should have similar performance right?
The only differnce is the vram right?
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I can still have them. What would be the difference between both cards in performance?
Should have similar performance right?
The only differnce is the vram right?
Yeah, get the lightnings. I doubt you have 3 monitors
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post #5 of 14
Some games will choke on the vram, but you can just lower the AA. You can get by with x2 or x4, since the pixel density on these larger monitors is so high. I've got a U3011.
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Ok. But in performance face to face what would be the difference between both cards?
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post #7 of 14
You won't notice the difference between the cards unless you play a game that requires over 1.5gb of vram.
post #8 of 14
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I just have one monitor. But due to people say you can run out of vram, thats why I decide about 3 3gb.
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post #9 of 14
u won't run out of ram if u use reasonable amount of AA (8x or lower) in a few games such as crysis and metro 2033.
the lightning has a beefier cooler and power system which will allow you to overclock higher.
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post #10 of 14
I, too, am looking to upgrade to a 580 soon. If you're like me, I'm looking to make this a big upgrade to the top single GPU card so I can rest on it for a couple years without upgrading. I'm also going to look into a 3GB version of the card, because why not? If I want the best of the best, 3GB > 1.5GB. I wouldn't do it now, because the only two 3GB models I've seen are Palit and Gainward. I'm hoping a more reputable brand, preferrably Gigabyte or EVGA jump on the 3GB models. If they do, that's what I'll be buying. If not, I'll be going with a 580 with a non-stock cooler, like the Gigbayte Windforce or MSI Lightning or Twin Frozr II/III.
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