Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
Definitely ignore the 590. Too many issues on launch with cards that went pop, for me to want to recommend them. Especially since all they did was cap the problem with drivers, when its actually a hardware issue.
I've got a single lowly 1.5GB GTX 580. And with this card, I can literally MAX out any and every game I want, PhysX or not, at 1080p....without any issues at all. Fully playable. With the ONE exception of Metro2033, but I can play nearly maxed on that.
I would say grab a 1.5GB GTX580 and save a few bucks, unless you plan on going with some insane resolution or surround (which if you went with surround, you'd need 2x 580's anyway).
My single EVGA 1.5 maxes out metro 2033 at 40-60 fps consistently (spikes at 120) I guess each card is different. The ONLY game I have ever had problems with is FFXIV, which I can max setting out on... as long as I leave depth of field AND ambient occlusion off.. which kills me, I love both of those settings. I would gladly play with 10 fps if it were possible just for those lol. FFXIV is horrible to GPUs. Insane when the best single GPU on the market out can't max out ANY game at 1080p.
As far as the hydro coppers go, from the reviews I've read, they are great water blocks, and when I go water, I plan on just using the step up program to get the 3gb hydro copper.
I would suggest the 580, 3gb if you play on multi monitors, but if just one and 3D, you should be just fine with the 499$ GPU. I do use 3D, and once again, even with metro 2033, I can play with 3D at max settings, getting a plethora of FPS. If you do want to play on multiple monitors, (and I assume you don't mind going dual GPU seeing as your asking about the 590) may I suggest the ATI 6990? I've seen very good things about it, and from the benchmarks, seems better than the 590 as well. I haven't personally used either, so I'm just going on everything I've read.
One more thing, For those of you saying that it will void your warranty if you put a water block on a EVGA card, I am pretty sure it does not. I haven't seen a single claim that it would, and even in the EVGA RMA video, they ask you to replace the ORIGINAL heat sink, so I'm pretty sure it is hunky dory if you decide to get a different one. It is just a lot less hassle buying the Hydro Copper 2s.
Sorry for the long post. Hope I helped?Edited by Bridden - 5/19/11 at 12:24pm