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So basically Im dealing with my Sig Rig.


Id like an upgrade from my current GTX 480, the reasons being very shallow and judgmental upon BF3 and the beta version giving me subpar results (to my standards, running 1920x1080 120hz and ultra settings (no aa), im getting between 45-85 fps (more so in tunnel area of metro, WAY less outside). Id like 50+ all the time so i am guarenteed some playability. I feel very choppy in the 40's range.

I am not getting the FPS id like, I know its just in beta, but id like to just see what my options are for after it goes retail.

My current options would be:

-Talk to a friend and trade him my GTX 480 for his 570 (he doesnt game much so since the performance loss/gain isnt going to matter, hes willing to part so i have less heat and such)

-save up for a bigger PSU + a 2nd 480

-sell the 480 and dish out a bit from pocket for a 580 (1.5GB Super Clocked)

-keep it and OC with aftermarket cooler

-Or you can say confidently my GPU wont bottleneck retailed BF3 and its just beta. (Keep in mind i am running at 1920x1080, 120hz, and ultra settings (no aa)


It may seem dumb, but im just looking for options here.
Edited by Amiracle - 10/2/11 at 12:30am
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580 isn't much faster than a 480, water cool it, go sli. 570 due to the vram and the way games are gobbling it up, might even be a slight downgrade.

Overall I'd say wait for final, before you do anything rash. Beta is beta.
    
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580 isn't much faster than a 480, water cool it, go sli. 570 due to the vram and the way games are gobbling it up, might even be a slight downgrade.

Overall I'd say wait for final, before you do anything rash. Beta is beta.
I will definitely wait until after retail comes out.

I just wanted to start getting ideas.


I really would love to give water cooling a try, but its more money than id like to invest at the moment. Is it risky per say to run2 stock 480's in sli (will i find the top overheat and shut down? at the moment in my antec 300, my top card will usually max at about 87 celsius.)



Also, I forgot to mention, but one reason I listed the straight trade for the 570 is that since it runs cooler and on much less power, my 750 watt corsair would be enough to SLI that much easier!
Edited by Amiracle - 10/2/11 at 12:47am
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Your mobo Asus P8Z68-V LX has two PCIEx16 slots. The blue (primary) one is x16 while the black one is only x4. If you do SLI, I am afraid there is some noticeable performance loss coming from the x4 limitation. To put it more accurately, you will not enjoy the full potential of the SLIed cards. I personally do not like this 'waste'.

So, perhaps the best bet is either get a GTX590 (or a highly overclocked GTX580...but from your description, this might not satisfy you enough).
Edited by windfire - 10/2/11 at 1:06am
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Your mobo Asus P8Z68-V LX has two PCIEx16 slots. The blue (primary) one is x16 while the black one is only x4. If you do SLI, I am afraid there is some noticeable performance loss coming from the x4 limitation. To put it more accurately, you will not enjoy the full potential of the SLIed cards. I personally do not like this 'waste'.

So, perhaps the best bet is either get a GTX590 (or a highly overclocked GTX580...but from your description, this might not satisfy you enough).
What if I picked up a GTX 580 3GB and OC'd that. Would I need a BIG oc? or would any oc be sufficient
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Is your card overclocked now? IMO you need to:

-Get some sort of multi GPU config going on (2x 480, 2x 570, 2x 69x0 cards, etc)
-Wait for next gen cards
-Be content with bad fps
-Lower your graphics settings

A highly overclocked GTX 580 would be nice but I doubt it will give you the 50+ constant you want, especially once retail hits and we can start playing big outdoor 64 player maps with vehicles.
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It is actually true that a 480 is only marginally inferior to a 580, but it gets much hotter.
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What if I picked up a GTX 580 3GB and OC'd that. Would I need a BIG oc? or would any oc be sufficient
It is hard to say whether or not a GTX580 is enough as the game is not released. And so far the beta's performance result is fairly inconsistent and erratic.

Let me do a rough calculation of an overclocked GTX580 (vs your GTX480):-
a) Generally speaking, 10% overclock brings about 8% framerate increase.
b) So, assume a stock GTX580 is about 10~15% faster than a stock GTX480.
c) And assume you will overclock the GTX580 from the stock 772MHz to 940MHz. This 22% overclocking brings additional 18% framerate increase.

Therefore, the combined total fps increase from your stock GTX480 is estimated to be 10~15 + 18 = 28-33%.

You can multiply your current fps by 1.33 and see if it can bring it above 50+ fps all the time.
If this does not work out, then perhaps GTX590 is your best bet.
Edited by windfire - 10/2/11 at 1:48am
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trade to a GTX 570, and try it out, you can always add another for SLI if you feel you need it, and your PSU will easily handle SLI 570
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I love my 480, but havent downloaded the beta for BF3 yet.

I am waiting for the new nvidia chips coming hopefully q1 or 2 in 2012. They will offer far superior performance. If you got lots of fans, buy a 2nd gtx480 - they come cheap now.

Just curious why your going to run without aa , im no expert so im slightly curious ;D
    
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