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is nvidia releasing a new gpu this summer? I'm thinking about the msi gtx 580 lightning and want to future proof myself for the next 3 years.
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No. Kepler is next slated for late this year or early next. The 580 Lightning will future-proof your rig as much as anything can be future-proofed right now....
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Get the lightning. You won't regret it As far as future proofing goes....3 years is quite a long time.
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yea i plan to o/c it like crazy too. newegg is selling it for $530, wonder if we will ever see another amazon deal. I'll be running at 1920 x 1080 but will eventually move onto the dell 30 inch.
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It'll be interesting to see how much of an improvement the first generation of Kepler cards offer and if they're worth any price increase over the higher end cards of today such as the Lightning.

It can also boil down to the resolutions you want to play at. If you're not planning on jumping to higher resolutions anytime soon the Lightning might suit your needs after all depending on Kepler.

If you're not sure what to do and you don't need an upgrade immediately I'd just wait to see what Kepler can offer before making a choice. By then the Lightnings should come down in a price a bit as well.
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The production of the silicon won't begin until after at least the second half of 2011, and that is if everything goes according to plan, which given the history, is not likely. We are dealing with a completely new architecture, AND a new fab process at the same time this generally results in delays, bad yields and possibly poor performance, all of which will be ironed out by the second generation of the Kepler architecture.
http://www.turnedon.com.au/articles/...pletely-ne-r57

I'm going with 2 lightnings soon. With the Fermi architecture, you're guaranteed hardware reliability and mature drivers. Kepler won't be out before a few months at least. Future proof is subjective because it depends on how picky you are; if you can't stand playing games at lower than max settings, then it won't be very future proof.
    
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I'm going with Fermi Lightnings as well. Even if Kepler does release in a few months, it'll probably be closer to a year before we start getting the good non-reference designs like the Lightnings....
post #8 of 15
Go for it. You won't be disappointed.

But as far as 3 years goes...maybe 2 years, maybe less...depends on what Kepler can crank out.
post #9 of 15
I see it as, yes Kepler is supposedly coming out in 6-8 months, but we still don't know for sure. Right now the 580 lightnings are great killer cards. I won't know personally until I receive my pair in a couple days. But I've been waiting years to upgrade.
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GTX 600 series to be released in Q4 2011 using 28nm manufacturing node but it's just a rumor so who knows when they'll release the 600 series. It could be next year. I would go for that GTX 580 beast lighting now.
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