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Poll Results: MSI Lightning XE or normal edition

 
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    MSI LIGHTNING GTX580 XE (3gb)
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    MSI LIGHTNING GTX580 (1.5gb)
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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys, im building a pc its not finished yet i still have the GPU to get the rest of it can be seen in my sig...
I was quite confident of getting the MSI lightning GTX580 XE
But now im not too sure i was reading this review

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-ge...tion-review/10
And as you can see from page 10 onwards the FPS on the games is very minimal difference between the XE and the regular edition....

I only plan to do DX11 gaming and some small designing tasks (nothing both of them cant handle)....
Mainly gaming tho and im thinking do i really need the 3gb memory etc...

P.S I am intending to go 3-screen surround early next year and obviously will need to take this into account.... price difference is only £100 in england

Thanks in advance guys
Edited by Cranky000 - 10/14/11 at 9:52am
    
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post #2 of 12
If you are going into 3 screen surround then get the XE. If staying at 1080p stick with the 1.5gb
 
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post #3 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by vitality View Post
If you are going into 3 screen surround then get the XE. If staying at 1080p stick with the 1.5gb
Pretty much this.
post #4 of 12
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so even 2 of the regular wouldnt be great for surround ???

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post #5 of 12
If you're going with surround get the XE. Although I am at 1080p but since games are considerably using more VRAM, I stretched and got the XE.
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post #6 of 12
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The review doesnt seem to show much difference between the two...
but obviously the users know best...>

The XE edition is only 100 pound more which seems reasonable for double mem
But like i say i dont know all the ins and outs of what VRAM etc does?
Edited by Cranky000 - 10/14/11 at 10:02am
    
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post #7 of 12
Even if you weren't going surround but were planning SLI, then the 3Gb is the better choice. Two 580s have way more precessing power than they could utilize well with only 1.5Gb of VRAM. Because you are going surround though, the 3Gb is a no-brainer.

VRAM is the space where all the nice pretty textures you are trying to load on the screen is stored while the GPU core is working on crunching them. When you don't have enough VRAM for your settings your FPS will take a huge crash into nothingness. You can always turn down things like the AA or use lwoer resolution textures but as I mentioned above when your GPU cores have so much processing power available to them it's better off to give them the VRAM they need to use that power in more situations.

This is a good picture to get an idea of two 1.5Gb 580s in SLI.


Edited by juano - 10/14/11 at 10:11am
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post #8 of 12
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Aright guys i think that settles it. You all seem like reputable guys
So i will take your word save another week and buy the XE appreciate it all =]
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Quote:
Originally Posted by juano View Post
even if you weren't going surround but were planning sli, then the 3gb is the better choice. Two 580s have way more precessing power than they could utilize well with only 1.5gb of vram. Because you are going surround though, the 3gb is a no-brainer.

Vram is the space where all the nice pretty textures you are trying to load on the screen is stored while the gpu core is working on crunching them. When you don't have enough vram for your settings your fps will take a huge crash into nothingness. You can always turn down things like the aa or use lwoer resolution textures but as i mentioned above when your gpu cores have so much processing power available to them it's better off to give them the vram they need to use that power in more situations.

This is a good picture to get an idea of two 1.5gb 580s in sli.

epic lol!
    
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post #10 of 12

LOL, here's another good way to picture it.


I'm good at this. Anybody else got a Disney movie reference to describe not enough VRAM for the processing power?
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