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evga 580 gtx 3gb. worth it?

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im contemplating on whether to buy the evga 580 gtx 3gb or the msi lightning. I'm not sure, considering the fact that the former takes 2 months to ship on amazon.
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wait for the msi lightning xtreme edition ~ it has 3gb of Vram + all the goodies of the TFIII + more
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If your gaming res is greater than 1080p, YES.
 
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Well there's a difference which depends on if your over clocking your GPU and CPU, air flow inside your case, and if your going SLI or not.

First the TFIII runs cooler temps due to the upgraded non-reference cooling so it can acheive more of a GPU over clock. However the TFIII dumps the hot air inside your case bringing up ambient temps.

IF you over clock your CPU but have good cooling solution on it then it may not matter much.

As opposed to the reference cards exhaust out the back air flow bracket outside your tower. Which does help keep lower ambient temps inside your case.

Should you SLI two then the TFIII top card runs hotter temps than the two reference top card and does raise ambient temps inside your case even higher.

Again if your tower has good air flow, CPU cooling, then it won't matter much, but still effects the overall temps you will get with your CPU and or GPU.

So key is to have a good air flow with CPU and case fans and your that your tower has good breathing vents, then go TFIII.

I personally like the reference cards as I like to over clock my CPU as high as I can and keep my top card when I SLI cooler. I do have good air flow and very good air cooling but it's my personal choice to go reference.

Up to you. Also you should post your system specs on your profile so others can see what you have and can help you better when responding to a post question.

Good luck, post back and let us know which way you went.
     
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I bought 2 EVGA GTX 580 3GB to replace 2 XFX HD5970 2GB. The problem with the HD5970, at least in my case, is that they don't have enough memory. 1 GB per GPU isn't enough for Eyefinity, or NV surround. The 5970s performed better at single screen resoltuion that the 580s do, but once you get it up to where I'm gaming, 5760x1080 then that 3GB really helps. A heck of a lot of games, even at this res. use more than 2GB of RAM. So, if you're hoping to max out every game you own, the 3GB 580 is where it's at. The ATI 2GB 6950s and 6970s would be fine for most games, but I'll give you some benchmarks, this is just averages nothing specific.

Far Cry 2, which I couldn't even play with ATI cards at Eyefinity without crahsing
5760x1080 4x AA 55-60 fps average, low being 50 under any conditions 1.3 GB Vram used
5760x1080 8xAA 50-60 fps average, low being about 45 2.2 GB Vram used
Crysis 5760x1080 maxed with 0xAA 45 fps average 1.4 gb Vram used
Crysis 5760x1080 8xAA 30 fps average 2.3 gb Vram used
Fallout New Vegas 5760x1080 maxed 8xAA 60 fps average 1.5 gb Vram used
I thought AvP was ridiculous, you'll see what I mean
Aliens Vs. Predator maxed 5760x1080 4xAA 2.8 gb Vram used 60fps average

I can't remember anything else off of the top of my head, and I'm using v sync on all these games, where with 1gb or less of RAM you couldn't dream of running v sync above single screen res. So yeah, if you're running triple screen the 3gb 580s kick ass. Runs any game I have maxed out, but in some cases lower AA. I have just about any newer first person shooter, rpg and racing game you can think of.
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