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Hi friends...

I was looking forward to do a SLI of the MSI GTX 580 Lightning..... but one of my known OCN member said me that for now I should get a single lightning and buy kepler or maxwell gpus in future..... I want to know that how many years can I game at max with a SLI setup ??

If I follow his advice, I will just lose my gtx 580 ( obviously it wont sli with the newer gpus and thus it will just sit in my showcase )

I will for now game at 1080p monitor....

Please take me out of this confusion.....

Thanks

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You should be able to max out any game for the next several years on SLI 580's @ 1080p - I don't for see games getting any tougher than Metro 2033 maxed out, and a single 580 can already ALMOST max it out @ 1080p so SLI would dominate at that resolution - it would also help to set up if you decided to run nvidia surround in the future
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You should be able to max out any game for the next several years on SLI 580's @ 1080p - I don't for see games getting any tougher than Metro 2033 maxed out, and a single 580 can already ALMOST max it out @ 1080p so SLI would dominate at that resolution - it would also help to set up if you decided to run nvidia surround in the future
What about the vram of the GTX 580 lightning ?? its 1.5 GB....... it will obviously smash max settings at this point of time..... but will it do the same after several years ??.......... the XE offers 3 GB...... wont it be more future-proof since games are looking forward to be more intense in terms of vram usage or graphics quality.
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Really it's almost too future proof. From what I've read you're just bottlenecking all that power at your CPU. If you really want to go SLI you might as well get 570's at that resolution. If you wanted another screen or two I'd say 6970 lightning though.

That's my opinion anyway, I just did my own build and kicked around the same ideas you are right now.
   
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Really it's almost too future proof. From what I've read you're just bottlenecking all that power at your CPU. If you really want to go SLI you might as well get 570's at that resolution. If you wanted another screen or two I'd say 6970 lightning though.

That's my opinion anyway, I just did my own build and kicked around the same ideas you are right now.
Sorry dude... but can't fully evaluate what u r trying to point out. Bottlenecking all that powet at your CPU ?? What does that mean ??
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Just going off what I've read

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What about the vram of the GTX 580 lightning ?? its 1.5 GB....... it will obviously smash max settings at this point of time..... but will it do the same after several years ??.......... the XE offers 3 GB...... wont it be more future-proof since games are looking forward to be more intense in terms of vram usage or graphics quality.
Well i have 2gb of VRAM. The maximum i've ever used is about 1.3gb @ 1080p - slightly more than the 570 can handle - but that's only when using stupid amounts of AA on games - which isn't really needed tbh.

1.5gb may be pushing it if your thinking of future proofing and being able to max all DX11 titles over the next few years - even @ 1080p - it all depends on what settings you like to use tbh. You'll just have to mind your in-game settings if you do purchase them - maxing out on 'details' shouldn't be a problem, it's just things like AA that will drag down performance and put more stress onto your CPU (bear in mind that any more than 4/8xAA is completely unnecessary @ 1080p).

Might want to get 6950/70's if it's a concern for you. 6970's trade punches with 580's if you can live without Physx.
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Well i have 2gb of VRAM. The maximum i've ever used is about 1.3gb @ 1080p - slightly more than the 570 can handle - but that's only when using stupid amounts of AA on games - which isn't really needed tbh.

1.5gb may be pushing it if your thinking of future proofing and being able to max all DX11 titles over the next few years - even @ 1080p - it all depends on what settings you like to use tbh. You'll just have to mind your in-game settings if you do purchase them - maxing out on 'details' shouldn't be a problem, it's just things like AA that will drag down performance and put more stress onto your CPU (bear in mind that any more than 4/8xAA is completely unnecessary @ 1080p).

Might want to get 6950/70's if it's a concern for you. 6970's trade punches with 580's if you can live without Physx.
AA is a different story which is of course worth consideration. But I want to say that the way things are getting intense such as in the case of Metro 2033 and some others.... the textures used are of very high resolution thus such quality visuals..... So obviously in time, having dx 11 in the scene.... usage of vram will obviously increase no matter if I just stay with the 8x AA settings.... So at last I want to know that how much is the XE SLI futureproof ?? My own anticipation says maybe 3 - 5 years ?? Whats ur thinking ??
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Just going off what I've read

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They used the i7 965, as far as I know, i7 2600k performs way better that the i7 990x ( the 6 core best beast ), so handling GTX 580 SLI is obviously not a big deal for this SB baby....
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Also the 6970 Lightning is $100 cheaper than a lightning 580

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