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Dilemma of massive proportions

Poll Results: GTX 590 or 480 SLI

Poll expired: May 31, 2011  
  • 22% (6)
    GTX 590
  • 59% (16)
    GTX 480 SLI
  • 18% (5)
    Other choices
27 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
590 or another 480 for SLI.

Only for games, not caring about benching/over clocking ability just better game play for Shogun 2, World In Conflict, BC2, Crysis, GTA:IV, some other titles but these are more known.

Some comments on power draw and efficiency may be nice, I'd assume the 590 uses less power then 2 480's but I don't know.
post #2 of 15
590, far less power consumption. $$$ comes into play though.

This is a dilemma of massive proportions. Good Luck, Sir.
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post #3 of 15
Simple matter of if you want to spend the money.
post #4 of 15
GTX590 would use less power than two GTX480s. But either way, I would want a more powerful PSU than your current 650W.

I would suggest another GTX480 because:-
1. GTX480 SLI performs better than a GTX590
2. GTX590 is the top card and is newly released and so there is a premium price to pay for these 2 factors. On the other hand, the price of GTX480 has well passed its peak and you can pick one up 'relatively' cheap. This saved money can go into financing a more powerful PSU
3. Your motherboard's slot layout is good enough to take 2 hot GTX480 with enough space in between for good ventilation. Antec 1200 is also a decent case for air cooling the 2 cards.
post #5 of 15
GTX 480 is too hot & consumes too power for its performance,590 has weak VRMs,link below
http://translate.google.com/translat...rclocking%2F12
GTX 580 3gb should be the best even if going multi screens
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post #6 of 15
You should go with the 2nd 480 - they are fairly cheap (can be found in the low $200 range used, high $200's new), they overclock well, and will certainly beat out a 590.

Down sides? You add a 2nd power hungry, hot running card. Nothing that you aren't already used to

*To the poster above* you need SLI 580's to run more than 2 screens which is a $1000+ investment if the OP decides to go surround route.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 5/26/11 at 6:16am
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post #7 of 15
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Going the Seasonic X850 and another 480 for SLI route will be around $600. It seems like I may just repeat myself again, first was 280 SLI now it will be 480 SLI.
post #8 of 15
If you don't mind the hotness/loudness/power usage factors, adding another 480 makes infinitely more sense given that you already have a 480. The net price would be MUCH less, while the performance is likely to be slightly better. Plus SLI 480's looks cooler
    
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post #9 of 15
GTX 590s are a disaster. They should've never been released to market. I actually had hope for Nvidia when there was news they were going to release a new PCB, but then Nvidia denied the rumor. The card was rushed to market and doesn't have sufficient power capabilities (just like the GTX 570, but you would expect on a $700 card Nvidia would fix their mistakes).

Since you already have a 480, I would just buy another for SLI. If you're itching for a dual GPU, pick up a 6990. AMD actually decided to use high end Volterra VRMs that can sufficiently supply the GPUs power when overclocked. If you want to overclock the 590, it's a gamble whether or not your card is going to explode. Without being able to overclock the 590 a good bit (which it could easily do if the VRMs were sufficient) then I don't think it's worth purchasing a 590.
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post #10 of 15
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Don't get me wrong I would love a 590 but in all honesty it really doesn't make sense when I can also SLI a 480. Now I'm just debating about buying a B-stock 480 (90 day warranty) +HF bracket or getting the full warranty.
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