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Hi guys, new to the forums, so I am sure I am going to be yelled at to use the search. I am looking to upgrade from 2 6870's I have xfired to a single gtx 580. I am kind of torn between the 1.5g and 3g model and which one will really suit my system.

I currently run:
8gigs corsair vengeance
750w modular power supply
4.2ghz i5-2500k
p8p67 pro mobo
(2x XFX 6870s) - Looking to replace with a single EVGA Gtx 580.
2 1920 x 1080 displays
My first question is this worth the change? Other research indicates yes. Second question is what kind of change can I expect with spending the extra money on the 3g version vs the 1.5?

I would consider my technological understanding on the new side. Thanks in advance for the help!
Edited by tjallen22 - 10/4/11 at 2:03pm
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Originally Posted by tjallen22 View Post
Hi guys, new to the forums, so I am sure I am going to be yelled at to use the search. I am looking to upgrade from 2 6870's I have xfired to a single gtx 580. I am kind of torn between the 1.5g and 3g model and which one will really suit my system.

I currently run:
8gigs corsair vengeance
750w modular power supply
4.2ghz i5-2500k
p8p67 pro mobo
(2x XFX 6870s) - Looking to replace with a single EVGA Gtx 580.
2 1920 x 1080 displays
My first question is this worth the change? Other research indicates yes. Second question is what kind of change can I expect with spending the extra money on the 3g version vs the 1.5?

I would consider my technological understanding on the new side. Thanks in advance for the help!
3gb version of gtx580 will benifit you at higher resolution(2560x1600)
try to get any one of these:
evga gtx580 classified 3gb
or
msi gtx580 lightning extreme
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EVGA Classified
MSI Lightning

In that order.
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Well, I think you'd need the extra VRAM if you're planning to game across both monitors with a lot of extra details enabled (ASF, AA, Vsync, etc).

There is no performance difference between the cards per se, until you run out of VRAM on the 1.5GB model and your game slows down while the card starts swapping things in and out of memory. Some modern games have gone over 1.5GB when played on 2560x1600 resolution (single monitor).

Some folks have complained that the memory modules used to make a 3GB card are more difficult to overclock, but I haven't had any experience with that myself...
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So it sounds like 3gb might be a little more future proof but a little overkill for the time being. I use only one of my displays for gaming/applications that might require video intensity. From what I am reading the EVGA is the better brand. However, the MSI has dual fans, which I've noticed on my current cards ends up being quieter and cooler.
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am I the only one who doesn't think that 6870 xfire to 580 is an upgrade at all?
    
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am I the only one who doesn't think that 6870 xfire to 580 is an upgrade at all?

Pretty much because it isn't a upgrade honestly. As the 580 lower power and less heat though. Some test was close or better for the 580 but it lost to most of them.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=305
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I would hold off for an actual upgrade or maybe 2 6950's or something.
    
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am I the only one who doesn't think that 6870 xfire to 580 is an upgrade at all?
Hmm, I am glad you said something. I just feel like with a lot of games I am not getting the desired performance out of these cards. Is there any game/application that I can actually see these cards performing as expected? BF2 and BF3 are known to be buggy at the moment.
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