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Quick question,

Looking to do abit of an upgrade in a few months, probably for BF3. The question is, second GTX 570 or buy a new GTX 580 to replace the GTX 570 and sell my current card? Mainly going to be gaming at 1920 x 1080
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If it's for BF3 i would wait to see what the market has to offer this autumn.
Maybe you could just wait for Kepler.
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If it's for BF3 i would wait to see what the market has to offer this autumn.
Maybe you could just wait for Kepler.
Kepler? is that the next gen GPU's?
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Yep, Kepler is the next video card generation. It will be running on a much smaller and improved fab process (22nm I believe over the current 40nm), so they will be significantly more efficient, more powerful because of the extra headway, and they will have less heat.

I have a GTX 570 and I expect it to run Battlefield 3 perfectly fine, and I use a 1920x1200 monitor. I don't think SLI or a GTX 580 will be necessary, just wait for the next generation of video cards if you are itching to upgrade.
Edited by Talon95 - 5/17/11 at 7:31am
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How about not upgrading at all?
A single 570 for 1920x1080 is plenty.

Plus the 570 is still a very new card
If you really need to, SLI a few years down the road when you need it.
By then the 5xx series will probably be a lot cheaper.
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Its cheaper to buy another 570 and run sli. You will get better performance than a single 580. Unless you have tons or money and want the cream of the crop, and in that case get a 580. Look at benchmark results and reviews and stuff before making your final decision.
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Well you have to ask yourself one thing, when the new Keplar series starts to come out in from November thru February are you going to sell your GTX 570 in order to upgrade to a newer card?

With each new series the cards perform about 30% better than the previous ones on average from past years.

There will be a new 670 card which will be it's equivalent that comes out. Do you want to upgrade for 30% more power approximately? Sell your other card?

If you think it's going to be a hassel, then getting another GTX 570 is easier. Your half way there. Two GTX 570's SLI run about the same performance as one GTX 590 dual GPU card. It's a very nice performance boost, better than 30%.

So it's up to you to go SLI move now or new series upgrade later. If you should go the route of two GTX 570's in SLI you will be set in gaming for a few years. No worries.

Also if money is a bit tight, keep in mind you can wait until Kepler comes out and make your decision at that time. Prices on the GTX 570 will drop anywhere from $30-$50 as well. At this moment if your playing all your games maxed out, which I know you can then just wait. You'll make a better decision later seeing your options and re-evaluate your choice.

I'm saving up for another GTX 580 since I'm getting into 3D gaming and if going 3D chokes my single card now while trying to game I'll have to bump up to SLI. If it dosen't or it's decent enough then I will just hang back and wait. If I was only 2D gaming then I'd have absolutely no problem because i game currently maxed out as well. Why move SLI just yet?
     
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The 570's scale very well in SLI. But as stated, if one is meeting your needs there is no reason to upgrade unless you just want it in the case. Not that there is anything wrong with that...haha. This is coming from a guy who games on 24" Samsung @ 1920x1200. A lot of us have been guilty of buying something just because we want it, myself included.

I've be dancing this line myself. When I RMA's my 570 a about 3 weeks back, my step up offer got restarted. So then I started to think about going with 580 and adding another one later if needed. But I don't know if the small performance gain seen by 580 SLI vs 570 SLI would be worth it to me in games I play. That's not to say the 580's aren't better, but not as much as I would expect. If I were looking to run 3 monitors I would pull the trigger on the 3GB 580's, but for one I think the 570's are more than enough.

This may help you a bit if you haven't read it already:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...0-sli-review/1
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