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single card > Double go for the 580
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single card > Double go for the 580
With cards scaling stupidly well these days that comment is no longer valid imo.

When SLI and CF were still a new thing then yes a single card was better but that hasn't been the case for years now.

There not a single case were a single card will constantly out perform 2 cards running SLI or CF

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With cards scaling stupidly well these days that comment is no longer valid imo.

When SLI and CF were still a new thing then yes a single card was better but that hasn't been the case for years now.

There not a single case were a single card will constantly out perform 2 cards running SLI or CF

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It is rather open to interpretation, but I read it like this: completely upgrading to two cards limits your future upgrade options, whereas buying one card that can hold its own with the two card configuration gives you an easier upgrade path down the road.
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It is rather open to interpretation, but I read it like this: completely upgrading to two cards limits your future upgrade options, whereas buying one card that can hold its own with the two card configuration gives you an easier upgrade path down the road.
But not when it's not worth it.

Is buying a single GTX 580 then getting a second one later really worth the over 6950 crossfire?

Sure it's faster but by the time 6950 crossfire stars to struggle there will be a better upgrade path then just buying a second 580

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Pretty much. Dual-card setups last longer and always outperform single card setups. It just doesn't make much sense to go single card these days when you can get cheaper cards and run 2 of them for the price of less than the top-end single card.

Case in point: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=305

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150506 - 2 6870s for $300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130587 - 1 580 for $440.

And the two 6870s will outperform the single 580 every single time.
Edited by vikingsteve - 8/10/11 at 2:28pm
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EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB $459.99 after $20.00 Rebate Card $439.99 + $7.56 shipping.

Like mentioned in prior posts, single card will run all your games maxed out currently no problem on a single 1920x1080p monitor.

Two AMD 6950's are great performance I'd concur but comes with crossfire driver issues, heat issues & micro stutter. Again, still a lot of people do well regardless.

I'm a single GPU most powerful card solution choice type of person. It's been smooth and no problems.

Having said this, either choice you'll be happy with and will give you great performance.

Obviously the two AMD 6950's up front will surpass performance longer than one 580, but won't touch two 580's later down the road in hind sight by the time you actually need a second GTX 580. At which point you'd have saved yourself some time in headaches until absolutely needed.
     
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gtx 580 and sli down the road,dont get me wrong 2 6950's are great but like others said you have to deal with driver issues and games not supporting CF,but then again if you decide to sli later on its going to be the same...
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Why would anyone get two 580s down the road? Kepler will be out. Better to either hand down the 580 to a friend/family, or sell it.

I'm sorry, but I just cannot see any practicality in single-card setups these days. Going with the best single GPU will cost more and yet be outperformed by cheaper dual-card setups. There is no sense in it.
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go for gigabyte 580 soc kepler will be out in 2012 so why waiting ?
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If you are planning to 'upgrade' soon ... like when the 7000 series/ Kelper you are 100% you going jump all over that ... than i recommend the GTX 580. If you aren't going to jump on new stuff every year then yes the CF 6950s makes sense right now.

Why? Its simple .... try to sell two cards compared to selling just one card. I ran into the same issue with my CF 6870s. It was very hard to sell them together so in the end I had to find two separate buyers and lower my price. I then went to buy a GTX 580. Believe it or not... I don't care what reviews says.... for some reason maybe it was just my system or drivers issues whatever ... I wasn't able to play Crysis 2 on Ultra/DX11/Texture with my CF 6870s, but with one GTX 580 I am enjoying the game at a constant 50 fps. Before I was just lagging/shuttering with my CF 6870s I had to play in one settings down.

Down the road I have a easier choice to just get rid of one card and go with the new stuff...or simply get a discounted GTX 580 to go SLI and simply keep up with the new Kepler top of the line card. Just like how SLI GTX 480 can keep up with one GTX 590. I am sure in the future SLI GTX 580 can keep up with the top dog of the Kepler series too.

Also my usual computer supplier told me ... they are 'expecting' the shipment of kepler cards in Feb 2012 earliest. So that means it will be for sure delayed past Feb. So up to you wait for another 8 mths or so...or just grab what you need now.
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