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GTX580 is such a overrated card here. All it is, is a GTX480 can has better cooling. Performance wise my 6950 after both OC and unlock and GTX580 OCed is withing 20%. CFX provides at least 60% more performance. Yes i you are getting a card every 3-4M then GTX580 is the card i would get cause you got money to kill and then can just get the GTX680 and so on but with CF you will last longer. Also any game other then Crysis 2 right now that the GTX580 can play so can a single HD 6950 let alone CFX.
Who would buy a reference GTX580? The cooling on the aftermarket cards such as the Asus DirectCU-II and the MSI Lightning are far superior to the stock 580 (and the stock 480 for that matter). Also the improves made to the 580 over the 480 are significant in every way.
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I especially like how the GTX 260's are benching Alien Vs Predator in DX11 right along side the 580
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I especially like how the GTX 260's are benching Alien Vs Predator in DX11 right along side the 580
Because they can't run DX11 =P
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I would say 580 all the way, it gives you a viable upgrade path and cutting edge preformance. I would go with a two slot design however as this will alow space for that upgrade path.

MSI Lightning comes to mind here
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I would say 580 all the way, it gives you a viable upgrade path and cutting edge preformance. I would go with a two slot design however as this will alow space for that upgrade path.

MSI Lightning comes to mind here
Depends on the board architecture. All of the Sandy bridge boards I've played with allow for dual 3 slot cards in SLI and still room for a pci-x sound card.
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No.

A 3GB GTX580 would be a huge waste for a single monitor unless he was running 2560x1440 or 2560x1600.

For single monitor, I'd go for a pair of HD6950's because;

- They're cheaper than single GTX580 Matrix
- They perform a lot better
- They can unlock shaders to 6970's and perform even better
- Profit.

I think the choice is very clear here...

Why would you pay the same money for lot less performance?
A 3GB GTX580 wouldn't hurt a single thing for future proofing. Who's to say that another big name game next year won't utilize that much VRAM? Who's to say the OP won't buy 2 more monitors while he has that card, and SLI's it?

For a single monitor, you obviously have gone for a pair of AMD cards. That's great. However, for a problem FREE experience (micro stutter, driver issues, heat issues, games not using Crossfire / SLI, etc), I think its ALWAYS a smart idea to grab the strongest single GPU card you can buy, and then dual it up later if you feel you need to.

I agree, the choice is quite clear. Buy 2 6950's now, and have absolutely no upgrade path, and tons of issues. Or go with 1x 580, and game to your heart's content.
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What I find interesting is that the reviews I have read on the 3GB 580's show them to be slightly slower than the 1.5gb versions except in very specific circumstances. Speculation is that the extra ram increases overall latency.

On a side note, I had paired 6870's and later paired 6970's and eventually got rid of them. Sure you get faster maximum FPS but there were frankly too many headaches and a wealth of minor issues that drove me away from Crossfire for the time being.

Not that SLI is any better. I had plenty of issues with SLI'd 580's as well. A single one however runs like a charm.
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I just bought a 480. When compared to the 580 it is the same card with 32 less pipelines. The clock speeds, RAM, interface, etc, everything else is the same. Paid 299.00 for it from Newegg.com. Thats a pretty bang for your buck there if you ask me...
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I just bought a 480. When compared to the 580 it is the same card with 32 less pipelines. The clock speeds, RAM, interface, etc, everything else is the same. Paid 299.00 for it from Newegg.com. Thats a pretty bang for your buck there if you ask me...
The GTX580 is still faster clock for clock though. The 480 and 570 are roughly equivilant. There's not a single GPU card out there that competes with the 580 right now.
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