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"GTX 580" vs "Tri SLI GTX 285"

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Which one do you think will handle the below better?

- x3 Acer 120hz, Full HD, 3d, Surround Lcd's
- Gaming @ Max

Note: I dont care about DX11.
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post #2 of 15
i would say the 580 would be best

or 2 480's
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post #3 of 15
2x 480s is a very good choice, or 2 2GB 560s.

1 580 can't do 3 monitors, and Tri-SLI 285s is just asking for games that don't have three-card profiles.
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You can't do surround (3 monitors setup) with only one GTX 580.
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post #5 of 15
x2 480's would be the best option
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post #6 of 15
you need 2 580s for surround.

in which case, it would be faster
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post #7 of 15
3 GTX 580 3GB in 3 way SLI would be your best bet for maxing out all games.
as for something economical, 2 GTX 480 in SLI
2 HD 6970 in CFX is a good alternative.
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post #8 of 15
Well, if you need a waterblock for those 285's, I have two available that are unused.
 
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post #9 of 15
For maxed settings on 3 x Full HD surround resolution with 3d you're going to need at LEAST 2 x GTX580's, preferably the 3GB version if you want to be able to run AA on everything. The 1.5GB versions will allow AA on some stuff but not everything at that resolution. I'd say there'd even be value to having 3 of them to be honest. Games that are really tough to max (Metro, Crysis 1, Just Cause 2, Stalker CoP) will struggle with be maxed w/only 2 580's at that resolution, since you're going to be hoping to get 120fps for a really smooth experience.

If you can't afford the 2x580's, a couple of 560 2GB cards will do pretty well in this scenario, but in the more demanding apps you're going to lack the graphical oomph to be able to max all the settings or use much AA. And you're at the end of the line in terms of upgrading your setup if you go that route.

3 x 285's is not going to allow for AA in a LOT of titles at that resolution. And the total amount of graphical power is going to be to be too low (even leaving aside the matter of vram capacity) to max out a lot of games. You'd be doing a lot of Medium/High rather than Very High, and no AA, if you go that route.
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post #10 of 15
gtx 480's online for around $250. Cannot go wrong...
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