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So I was just about to click the purchase button on newegg when I came to a dilemma. My new PC build will use a 2600k, and my gaming will mostly be(for now anyway) at 1920x1080. For $525 I can get a 580 lightning which will have excellent performance of course, with room to add another down the road when they drop below say $400. For $629-80MIR=$549 I can get 2 EVGA reference GTx 570s

On Guru3d I read an article that tested the 570s at 1920x1200 and they saw nearly perfect scaling with the 570s. Additionally, the scores for the 570s were not much lower than the 580s, although I know the Lightning smokes the reference 580, so SLI lightnings would probably be a good bit better than the reference cards.

Games I will be playing: Black Ops, BC2, Dirt 2, Crysis/Warhead, GTA4 and of course BF3, SWTOR, and whatever other good games are around the corner.

For about $15 more the deal seems almost too good to pass up. Thoughts? What would you do?
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Buy the most powerful single card you can afford. As you stated, you can add a second later when the prices drop.

No issues with 580s while VRMs seem to be an issue on 570s.

BTW, keep an eye out on here/eBay as you might be able to pick up some 580 Lightnings that people got from Amazon. I have a feeling that some lucky ones bought them to sell instead of use so you will likely see some less than retail out there.
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post #3 of 19
Single gtx 580 is better option with your resolutions.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by krazyatom View Post
Single gtx 580 is better option with your resolutions.
+1 This

i agree get the single GTX 580
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post #5 of 19
+1 to lightening, more vram, BETTER vram, runs cooler, better overclocker
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Thanks for the input guys. I think I'll go with the lightning
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How about this baby?3gb of goodness
http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-...iew/10933.html
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570's in SLI will crush a single GTX 580. Period. You will not need that extra VRAM at 1080p...
post #9 of 19
go with the single card solution... even though the 570s will yeild faster fps... it will most likely have much lower min fps... (micro stutter). For a much more consistent fps and thus a much more enjoyable gaming experience... single card solutions are better imo. For some reason i am very sensitive to microstuttering and it can effect my gaming.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
570's in SLI will crush a single GTX 580. Period. You will not need that extra VRAM at 1080p...
I agree with that.
But tbh, the single 580 will cost less, and you won't really need the extra power most of the time.

If you absolutely need to max the crap out of anything, get the two 570s. Even with mild overclock and as long as you have decent case with good airflow, you are safe for awhile with them.
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