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I haven't really felt a need to upgrade but the last couple of months have been troublesome. AC3, DOA:2, and now The Witcher 2 are all giving me major stuttering issues with the gtx 295.

Anyone else have a similar experience? Prior to 2011, I was fine with pretty much all games. My rig isn't causing any bottlenecks, right? The i7 860 should be fine?

I am mainly wondering if you all think it's worth it to go ahead and sell my 295 and get the 580. I think the fact that it's a dual gpu card is impacting my performance. I STILL haven't played through DOA:2. When I bought it, it was totally unplayable and I was pretty disgusted.

Anyway, I know the new cards are coming out later this year.. so should I wait or go ahead and upgrade? I'm about 50/50 on getting the new gen later this year anyway
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Originally Posted by secretsexyninja;13547196 
I haven't really felt a need to upgrade but the last couple of months have been troublesome. AC3, DOA:2, and now The Witcher 2 are all giving me major stuttering issues with the gtx 295.

Anyone else have a similar experience? Prior to 2011, I was fine with pretty much all games. My rig isn't causing any bottlenecks, right? The i7 860 should be fine?

I am mainly wondering if you all think it's worth it to go ahead and sell my 295 and get the 580. I think the fact that it's a dual gpu card is impacting my performance. I STILL haven't played through DOA:2. When I bought it, it was totally unplayable and I was pretty disgusted.

Anyway, I know the new cards are coming out later this year.. so should I wait or go ahead and upgrade? I'm about 50/50 on getting the new gen later this year anyway

I went from GTX 295 to 6950 and it is a lot smoother because of no microshutter, so I would say going to a gtx 580 would be a significant improvement.
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gtx 580@1ghz core performs eqaully if not greater than gtx 295 sli
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gtx 580@1ghz core performs eqaully if not greater than gtx 295 sli

Good luck with that. 1ghz on a 580 is very difficult, and usually requires modified bios' and water/ln2.

@OP The 580 is an amazing card. You will get better performance than your 295 with much less issues. Go for it. smile.gif
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gtx 580@1ghz core performs eqaully if not greater than gtx 295 sli

Much better.

A stock 480 performs near as makes no difference the same as a stock 295. And we all know the 580 performs about 10+% better clock for clock over the 480.
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I'd wait for 7000's/Kepler, unless you're planning on gaming alot of DX11 in the next 5-6 months. The 295 is still such a beast, and you've got a decent OC on it.
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I went from a single GTX 295 to a Single GTX 580 for my new build and i can't be happier, but if i was buying a replacement now id get the upcoming Rev2 GTX 590 or a 6990.

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Good luck with that. 1ghz on a 580 is very difficult, and usually requires modified bios' and water/ln2.

@OP The 580 is an amazing card. You will get better performance than your 295 with much less issues. Go for it. smile.gif

there was someone here who recently posted in the Amzon Deals: gtx 580 lightening section ~ who had picked up two gtx 580 lightenings and got them stable @1ghz. ofc it would be hard with a reference card, but looking at either dcuII or tfIII I would say 1ghz isn't too hard to achieve
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How long u think u can hold out? If u wait till the 6xx series u could get a 580 for cheap.
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there was someone here who recently posted in the Amzon Deals: gtx 580 lightening section ~ who had picked up two gtx 580 lightenings and got them stable @1ghz. ofc it would be hard with a reference card, but looking at either dcuII or tfIII I would say 1ghz isn't too hard to achieve

Oops, forgot about that beast they call the lightning. wink.gif

The gpu's he got had to be binned at least. Not every gf110 with amazing power delivery can hit 1ghz.
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