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Hey Guys,

Its come to that time in the year... the sun is shining and i'm closing the curtains to stave away from the dreaded skin cancer!

Anyway, my bank accounts are becoming swollen with all my hard work, so its time to waste/utilize some of that legal tender.

I currently have a GTX 285 SLi (watercooled)

I'm looking at getting either GTX 480 SLi or a single GTX580

The reason for these is i've always chosen to buy last gen high end, as this way i get the raw power without paying the premium.

Don't get me wrong my 285's are holding their own in all situations, but i feel with the release of the latest cards my performance margins are getting lower.

So my question to you my good people is should I go for the 480's in SLi or get a single 580 with the option of another down the line.

Remember i'm running a full water loop so i'll be looking to slap a waterblock on these bombay bad boys within a few weeks.

The prices are looking good in the uk (cheaper than the Netherlands)

GTX 480 - 187.99GBP x 2 = 375.98GBP

GTX 580 - 379.99GBP

Its a tough one, I have enough power for the twin toasters (480's)

both these cards also have available waterblocks.

I've looked into the ATi option and have never EVER had a good experience with multi cards from ATi, so i'll stick to what i'll know....

I think the only Ati option i'd choose is CF 5870's they are also arround the 170 mark per card, making them very attractive, but i still think the 480's are looking good for the price, being the previous gen flagships and having 2 will dominate everything, only running 1920x1200 for the mean time and will be getting either SB or 1366 in 6 month to ride the ever obsolescent wave of current tech!
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Well it's obvious that your going to get more performance out of the two GTX 480's over one GTX 580.

FERMI has finally got all 512 processor cores unlocked on the GTX 580 vs the 480 cores on the GTX 480. It's running at greater performance, with less power consumption in turn less heat dissipation than pervious version. They have absolutely no issues either with vrm or over clocking. Though there is better performance it's not going to stack up to two GTX 480's.

Though the GTX 580 can run all the games at maxed AA settings set to highest, the GTX 480's will push more FPS in SLI than one single GTX 580.

Since your PSU can handle it and the GTX 480's even running hotter have had no issues handling the heat they put out why not go for the GTX 480's?

Personally, I had the same choice but went the single GTX 580 today and will be going SLI when I save up for a second. Since one card can handle the gaming easily I'm good for a while and not pressed to SLI. Though when I do SLI them it will be at a higher expense, it's a personal decesion I'm willing to spend the extra cash.

After a long line of AMD cards I too rather not deal with crossfire issues and two AMD 6970's crossfire can't compete with GTX 580 SLI. I'd rather have performance over price savings. The other option of AMD 6990 with an AMD 6970 dual BIOS will be too much for my 1000 watt PSU and to be honest the dual BIOS is a headache with AMD driver track record I've had, I'd rather not. I'm tired of AMD drivers lacking.

So if you've got a certain amount of cash in mind and set aside go the GTX 480's SLI and you'll be set for a few years with that set up. Definetly beat two ATI 5870's crossfire. Enjoy your upgrade either way and let us know which route you took.
     
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hey mate ive just upgraded to sli 480s i picked up 2 second hand for 500 bux i love em i can max out metro 2033 avg around 73fps, crysis i avg around 68fps but yes there noisy as all **** and hot as hell smile.gif so i say get em
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Straight up....plain and simple go with the 580 and snag another down the road. For one card Ull get excellent performance at less heat/power and when u got sli, they able def hold u for quite some time.
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I would say the 580. If your considering it, then go for it and then treat yourself again later on to go SLI with another one. Thats what im most likely going to do. You would have a beast of a setup with two 580's and wouldnt need to even think about upgrading again for a good few years. smile.gif
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As you've stated, you'll be having the cards under water, so the heat/noise issue of the 480's doesn't come into contention...

480 SLI sounds like the optimum choice as it appears you have a budget, and for less then the price of a single card you could have more performance...

I suggest sticking to your current strategy and then upgrade to SLI 580's in 8months when the 680's are the new flagship and you won't have to pay the premium...

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I would say the 580. If your considering it, then go for it and then treat yourself again later on to go SLI with another one. Thats what im most likely going to do. You would have a beast of a setup with two 580's and wouldnt need to even think about upgrading again for a good few years. smile.gif

True, but i though that about the 285's. considering they're are only 2 gen old and their flagship single gpu cards, i previously had twin 8800GTX's for the same reason and they are in my other rig and still pwning Dirt2 and MW2.

I think since i'll be getting a new mobo in 6 months i'll choose a triple pci-e board and maybe look into 2x 480's and an 8800GTX for Physx, i don't really fancy paying 350GBP+ per GPU, it seems like a bit of a waste, i'm still leaning toward the 480's the heat and power draw don't concern me. i think its about right on the price performance ratio, and heck if i get a mobo with 3 pci-e slots i could go nuts and go for a tri SLi 480 set up! eek.gif

Its hard to weigh up the pros and cons at this point, if the 570's drop to 200 each i'd consider a pair of those too.

its a luxury problem, i've managed to pick up an i7-875k for 190euro for the mean time, just to ensure the max out of the 1156 platform

Cheers for your help guys.
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Thing is...technology is always evolving. There is always going to be a new gen/card coming out in 6 months or whatever. The best thing to do is look at the card as a whole such as quality, performance etc... The 580 has had very, very good reviews. The only BAD point is the price. However if price is not a big deal, then there isnt any bad points. If you wait, the 580 will hopefully plummit down in price later this year and then you will be getting a great card for a good price. Then, everyone whos saying the price/performance is bad wont be saying that, but will be saying the opposite. All im saying is make sure you dont regret not waiting if you go with the 480's. The 580 is an ALL-ROUND improved 480. Enjoy your setup whatever tho! biggrin.gif
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if they're equal in prices, go with two gtx 480 sli.
Gtx 480 is around $300 brand new in U.S. and they perform better than amd 6970.
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Definitely the 2 GTX 480s.

The GTX 580 is about 20% faster than a single GTX 480, it would be unnoticeable. It's like going from 20FPS to 24FPS in a very demanding game or from 50 to 60 in Crysis 2. So in the end you're paying 80% extra for very little value.
Edited by Wulfgar - 5/10/11 at 11:26pm
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