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Poll Results: Help Me Chose My Card Options

 
  • 15% (2)
    Sell 560s Buy 580s Now
  • 76% (10)
    Keep 560s - Buy Kepler Cards
  • 7% (1)
    Keep 560s - Buy Cheap 580s once Kepler is Released
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
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I am currently building the rig in my signature and went cheap SLI with 560s with the idea being I would purchase Kepler cards when they come out. I now have a friend who wants to buy the cards from me for his son's rig (I would only lose $40 on the deal.)

I started a poll to find out what others thought about this situation. Should I sell the cards and get 580s now? Hold off, sell them once Keplers come out and then buy Kepler cards? Or do I consider buying 580s at Kepler release since 580 prices will surely drop?

I am adding a 3rd monitor to my system (and may look into selling my current monitors and buying 3 3d LEDs.)

Thanks for the input!
   
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post #2 of 7
580s are really bad deal price performance. Your 560s will easily hold you over till kepler.
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post #3 of 7
Stick with what you have. GTX580 has bad performance/price ratio.
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post #4 of 7
Yeah, there's little point in buying twin 580s just to replace them later on.
Also, even a single 580 would give you performance only inferior by a few FPS at most (Check here. GTX 560s without the Ti are, as far as I have heard, basically 460s.)
post #5 of 7
If you need a suggestion for your friend's son's rig then recommend him two of these cards, the rebate does work for two cards. They are just as good or better than your 560s (will OC to within 2-3% performance of the max OC on a 560, and are likely better cooled than your cards) and pretty cheap.
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post #6 of 7
Stick to your current cards they are still good and solid in SLI and wait for Kepler.
 
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post #7 of 7
Boy this one you'll have to answer. Let's run down your choices.

You want three 3D vision monitors. You should get at least two 3GB cards. Only GTX580 come in that flavor. Price/performance debate is negligible here and pointless for an entertainment system like this. Anything less than 3GB VRAM and your going to kick yourself in the arse.

Right now people are suggesting 2GB for single monitor (which is debatable on single 1080p but not on multiple) so spreading 2GB across three monitors as VRAM games demand more is constricting.

So wait or not is the question? Well Kepler has been delayed until late Jan or Feb. If you can wait what it means is pricing will start to go down. Another question is how long after before we see those drops and by how much?

I can see the 1GB VRAM cards having good sales right away because its demand is already dwindling due to all those saying it's not enough whether it is or not. Again debatable but that's for another thread. Yet something tells me the 3GB flavor won't drop by much.

What does Kepler bring? Its expected 15%-30% performance increase and the big hype on these next gen 28nm fabrication cards will require 50% less power consumption to run.

If you can wait for next gen pricing, I'm betting will be comparable to current pricing but with better performance. How much better?, we'll have to wait and see.

Personally I'm a bit leary as last time new gen cards came out aka Fermi, it took them a second run at it to get it right.

So choice is up to you. One thing I will heavily suggest is you don't get your monitors until you line up your GPU's first.

Good luck and post back and let us know how you decided.
     
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