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GTX 590 Classified vs 580 Lightning vs 570 SLI for 3D

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Hey guys, I just recently got a 120hz monitor, and wow it's awesome. I want to upgrade from my 5850 to an nvidia card so I can do 3d vision, but I'm confused as to what to pick here. I'll be running at 1080p resolution max, with no intention of going surround at any time in the future. I know that the 590 alone is better than the 580, but I'm not sure how the 570's SLI'd compare to the 590.

Is microstutter really still a thing? That's the reason I'm including the 580 Lightning on the list, in case a single card solution is better than the others. Ideally since I'm on a 120hz monitor, I want to exceed 60fps in my games. I play RPGs and shooters mostly. My budget here is about the max that a 590 goes for, so about $720. I'd do 580 SLI but that's out of my price range, and again I'm not sure about the microstutter issue.

So my question is which of these works best for keeping the frames above 60 in games like Crysis 2 and The Witcher 2?
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GTX 570 SLI usually performs a bit better than a 590 because of its low clock speed, you'd have to overclock the 590 quite a bit to match performance and unfortunately their VRM seem to fail often when the card is overclocked.
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If you must have 60 FPS in every game at 1080p, then just go with the 590 or SLI 570's. I personally have the 580 lightning with a 2310, and everything plays flawlessly at max settings, albeit not at 60. Though a 580 would give you room for SLI in the future. I would go with a 580.
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If you must have 60 FPS in every game at 1080p, then just go with the 590 or SLI 570's. I personally have the 580 lightning with a 2310, and everything plays flawlessly at max settings, albeit not at 60. Though a 580 would give you room for SLI in the future. I would go with a 580.
But he wants to use 3D so the closer to 120fps the better, as to have close to 60fps in each eye. The 590 or two 570 won't be able to produce 120fps in the majority of games but a single 580 definitely won't be enough.
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SLI 570s will be the most powerful option. They will run any game in 1080p 3D flawlessly. Hell, the only game that I can't max out with a single 570 in 1080p 3D is Metro 2033.
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Been reading trying to find out the same thing.

According to http://www.hardware-revolution.com/b...ard-july-2011/

2 560 Ti in SLI are the entry-level, and 2 570 in SLI are the recommended for 3D gaming.


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I personally have the 580 lightning with a 2310, and everything plays flawlessly at max settings, albeit not at 60. Though a 580 would give you room for SLI in the future. I would go with a 580.
I should get my 2310 next week, not sure what card to get yet, but I was planning on a 580, thinking I could SLI in the future if I need to. Same as OP, I don't think I'll do surround, at least for a while. Do you have a 1.5 or a 3Gb 580?
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