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Alright I'm thinking about going towards a 570. Whats the best brand and model tho. All my pc stuff ie CPU and mobo have always been gigabyte so I don't know anything else.
    
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PNY, Point of View, ASUS are all very good.

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well you definitley want a non reference model... since those have vrm deficiencies.

I would personally go with the msi twin frozr ones... or the asus direct cu ii brands... both have fantastic cooling abilities.

Gigabyte is also good... also evga has that wonderful lifetime warranty
Just make sure you don't have a silverstone raven case or fortress :\\
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yeah i would go for a single card solution, been down that ally and im not saying i regret a dual card configuration but i would keep a single card setup. Dual card configurations are just to primitive.
Considering the technology and the Billion dollar companies that create it, its just flawed and a primitive way to make people have bigger egos.
just think about it, the technology inst even able to shut down one of the GPU's when it doesn't need it. Even if both GPU's drop do idle clocks its still one GPU too many.
We are in an era where in every review one of the topics is power efficiency. for me any dual gpu setup is a clear zero on power efficiency.
We are even moving to an are of GPUs integrated to CPU's and nothing seems to be done in using that while the hight end GPU is not needed.

Yes we have Optimus but that was just a small effort so they could justify putting in a GPU on a laptop that already has a CPU with integrated GPU, and still you cant have a high end GPU with that tech.
    
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Not entirely true,

The 580 will perform better at higher resolutions with DX11. It's also better with higher AA.
That's why I said at standard HD res (1080p). It is possible to overload a 1GB framebuffer at 1080p, but it's very uncommon in most games available today.

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However they will happily trade blows, it just depends on what game you're playing and stuff like that. The reason people go with 570's and 580's is so they can get a second one.
This argument never really made sense to me. I mean I get the idea of planning for SLI down the road, but (as seen in this thread) when the time comes for an upgrade, people recommend just getting another more powerful card instead.

IMO paying full price for a 570 isn't really worth it considering the OP already owns a 460 (which clocks extremely high), but it's his cash.
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That's why I said at standard HD res (1080p). It is possible to overload a 1GB framebuffer at 1080p, but it's very uncommon in most games available today.

This argument never really made sense to me. I mean I get the idea of planning for SLI down the road, but (as seen in this thread) when the time comes for an upgrade, people recommend just getting another more powerful card instead.

IMO paying full price for a 570 isn't really worth it considering the OP already owns a 460 (which clocks extremely high), but it's his cash.
Exactly. This never made sense to me either. By the time you do intend to add another for SLI, there will be better single card options out. The same as there are better single card options instead of 460 SLI right now. But now, and probably down the road, those single card options are not as good in price/performance as SLI mid grade cards are.
    
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i've seen tons of people with 480s/470s in sli and tri sli...

but i do agree... i upgrade as soon as the newer generation card comes out, regardless of what i have
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I've found I have no noticeable microstutter w/my SLI rig as long as I run settings that keep the FPS over 60, and turn on v-sync.

In my experience it's really when you get down to the 30fps range that you can really tell the difference in smoothness with multi-gpu vs single-gpu. A single GPU looks pretty good at 30, but SLI usually feels laggy at that framerate.

Just throwing that out there
    
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multiple card configs give you microstutter in some games which can make them aesthetically unpleasing. I know from experience :\\
And this comes from a GTX590 owner? Lol...The GTX590 is another SLI setup, just like the dual cards..it also has other "issues"...

As for which 570 is the most recommended, I would say MSI 570 Hawk, or Asus 570 direct CuII...it's the only cards "that I know of" that have upgraded power design...
post #20 of 27
If your going to get a 570, make sure and get a non-reference like the asus Direct CU II or the msi power edition. Reference 570's aspload.
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