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I'm thinking of upgrading my dual GTS 450's to something with more oomph... something that is a single card - not SLI.

I don't know what to get because my 450's in SLI slightly beat a 470. I don't know if the 580 will provide a big improvement (20+fps) over my current setup, so ideas on that is appreciated.

FYI - I'm running a single 24" 1080p monitor. I'll be upgrading to another one... or maybe 2... So the ability to run all 3 monitors would be nice.

One last thing: If it runs cool (as in a TF II or DC) I'm all ears, so long as it not a triple slot... Triple slot + SLI later on = fail

Thanks for any suggestions

Max price will be around $500 CAD - flexible budget though
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A GTX580 will give you a significant performance boost (+20fps) as a GTX480 can now give you that kind of boost over GTS450 SLI at 1920x1200. Check out a review here:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...0-sli-review/5

If you ultimately go for Surround, then get the 3GB version of GTX580.
And only Palit, Gainward, Inno3D, EVGA, Zotac have released 3GB version IIRC.
Edited by windfire - 5/15/11 at 4:40pm
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Any chance of a MSI GTX580 Lightning 3GB being released sometime in the next 2 months?
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Any chance of a MSI GTX580 Lightning 3GB being released sometime in the next 2 months?
There is news/rumor, like this one:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/MSI-R...M-200340.shtml

Personally, I think the chance is fairly high.
I do not think it will be as late as 2 months from now. If it ever comes out, it will come out within 1 month.
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If not playing above 1600P,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...MSI-_-14127582

GTX 580 performance.
GTX 570 price.
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If not playing above 1600P,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...MSI-_-14127582

GTX 580 performance.
GTX 570 price.
How is a 570=580 in terms of performance? Dual 450s = slightly faster than 470...

Thereby, you're saying that OC'd 470=580? unlikely

Besides, I still cant get over the fact that it is still a 570...not a 580
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How is a 570=580 in terms of performance? Dual 450s = slightly faster than 470...

Thereby, you're saying that OC'd 470=580? unlikely

Besides, I still cant get over the fact that it is still a 570...not a 580
570s at 850 core or higher match stock 580s in benchmarks and games where VRAM doesn't become an issue. 9/10 570s cap out around 900 core though, and very few make it past ~940 without at least a modded bios.

Obviously, a 580 can overclock far past where a 570 can overclock to.

And 470=560, 480=570.
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post #8 of 46
no it goes like this 560 > 470, 570 > 480. those are not equal.
but yea, if u want pure fastest single GPU performance get 480. if u want more value, get 570 or 6970
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How is a 570=580 in terms of performance?
Overclock.

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Dual 450s = slightly faster than 470...
ok...

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Thereby, you're saying that OC'd 470=580?
Umm what?
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If you are looking at getting three screen surround you will need two nvidia cards anyway... I would just look at getting a 480/570 (480 has extra V-ram so you would benefit more). Then pick up another when you get the extra screens.
 
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