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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....
As long as you're running 4ghz+ I'm sure you'll keep up compared to their x58. Still, 580 scaling isn't as impressive to me as some others. If you've got the bank then go for it, but I went another route because the performance didn't justify the price when it came to two cards.
   
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Also the 6970 Lightning is $100 cheaper than a lightning 580

6970 Lightning Review
Frankly speaking...... I was always sticking with nvidia in GPU market.... I never wanted to buy a AMD card nor a AMD Processor ( Surely the bulldozers will bullfight well with intel ).... So I'm getting only nvidia...
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Then why not rock out the single GTX 580 and wait for 1 of 2 things. 1) Until you run into a game that noticeably chugs or 2) 28nm chips hit the market and make the 580 yesterday's news.

I can definitely understand being loyal to Nvidia, they make an awesome card. To answer your first question though, 2x GTX 580's are overkill on one screen and probably will be for the next 5 years at this rate.
   
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Future proofing is very difficult to do. Future software releases determine this entirely, not the hardware. Since 2007, PC games have been universally undemanding-excluding Metro 2033. Therefore the PC in my signature has been the definition of "future proof" if you exclude stupid DX revisions.

If you are expecting 3-5 years out of any setup you purchase today, keep in mind that this console generation will either make or break your wish. If Sony/MS release a new console in 2 years using DX11 +, you can bet we'll have games that crush GTX580's and the likes. If you do not believe me, look back at any major console generation change. My advice is buy what you want and can afford now. Do not play the waiting game.
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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 its 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 ??
Really depends on which path game/hardware developers choose i guess. It will just be a case of keeping your fingers crossed that your hardware will remain competitive ultimatly.

'If' Kepler destroys Fermi for example, game companies will begin to cater to the newer hardware. Won't be long before your cards become less and less relevant with cheaper, more efficient and more powerful GPU's for game developers to work with.

On the other hand, if the next few generations follow the same trend as the previous two generations (4xx/5xx for Nvidia, 5xxx/6xxx for AMD) then your cards should be equal to a couple of 670's maybe. And equal to a couple of 760's if the same trend continues. In which case you should be okay for at least 2-3 years imo.

And that's not mentioning what direction DX11 will take and how much more intensive it can/will become - especially with better hardware potentially at it's disposal.

Too many unknowns really. But by buying the best you can get now - you'll certainly lessen the risk of being left behind. Certainly be stronger than my soon to be 560 2gb Sli setup - which i also intend to last me for a good 2-3 years!
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IMHO, SLI 580's is really pretty excessive for a 1080p screen. With a lot of games, they're probably not going scale very well at this res. There's only maybe 5 games out there that cannot be totally maxed out in this scenario, and even with those, you're talking about dropping one setting (from being completely maxed) to make these games totally smooth/playable (dropping ubersampling in The Witcher 2, dropping from 4x to 2xAA in Call of Pripyat, dropping Depth of Field in Metro 2033 ... that kind of thing).

Given these facts, + the cost of another card, + Kepler being not that far off ... personally I'd be very inclined to just OC the snot out of the Lightning and rock it until it actually starts legitimately struggling with maxing out 99% of games, which probably won't happen until there's a new console generation.
    
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