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Hello All,

I need some help, and am getting a new gaming rig.

I have a 2650x1440 27" Apple monitor. I'm wondering, if I should go with a GTX580 1.5GB, or GTX590 3GB.

The GTX 590 is a little over budget, and was wondering if a single GTX580 will suffice to play the latest games like Battlefield 3. It's a large monitor and I wasn't aware before buying, that a more powerful GPU is needed.

Will GTX580 play BF3 smoothly, or acceptably OK? I do not intend to go SLI just yet now, but maybe later in the future.

Does anyone also know, if a mini display port female to display port cable will work perfectly with the Apple monitor in full resolution? I would hate to use an Atlona DP400 (using DVI instead), as it adds much more cost to my setup.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 34
If you can afford the 590, I would spring for that if you're dead set on Nvidia. Unfortunately at that kind of res 1.5GB Vram becomes a liability in some games, so you will have the same issue with the 590 and the 580 (both have 1.5GB). To be honest, Nvidia doesn't compete well in the price/performance at 1440p/1600p, and I would suggest for the same budget a pair of 6950 2GB's in CF if you don't have any negative feelings towards AMD.

With how BF3 is stacking up at lower res you will need to turn settings down for it to be smooth. A single 580 is required for ultra at 1080p and you have twice the pixels.
post #3 of 34
580 boss. 590 can only use 1.5 per gpu and trust me newer games are using more then 1.5 so when you reach vram limit there will be no point in having the 590. Go with 3gb cards.
post #4 of 34
As Scorpion49 stated, the 1.5GB VRAM will be the limiting factor in certain games. I would recommend getting the 6950 2GB's in CrossfireX as well. They're far cheaper and will get you excellent performance at 2560x1440.
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post #5 of 34
Honestly, if you can afford the 590, go with that. If you cannot, a 580 with 3GB vram will be right as rain...and then SLI it later on for a serious OOMPH! in horsepower.
post #6 of 34
Neither, GTX580 3GB.
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Definitely MORE VRAM.
    
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seeing as this thread is in general graphics cards, why not go to the red side? 6990/ dual 6970's?
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post #9 of 34
No CUDA on that red side...

*then again, not every game takes advantage of it...and if this is a solely gaming rig, maybe the Red Tide will suit you well.
post #10 of 34
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So looks like a GTX580 3GB will do the job fine? Or is the GTX 590 a better bang for the buck?

It's slightly more expensive than GTX580 3GB.
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