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Hey guys,

I'm going to be running in 1200p on a single 24" monitor (I have a second, but I don't use it when gaming). I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the gtx580 (and upgrade to SLI in a few months when need be).

A gtx580 3gb can be had for $460 (bnib), but I won't be able to get a warranty (not step-up, though it's an EVGA). I'm wondering if I need the 3gb for high-end gaming, or if the 580gtx 1.5gb will be enough vram?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 26
I have not seen many benchmarks for the 3gb version but the 1.5GB gtx 580 seams just fine and apparently nvidia thinks so too since the gtx 590 is essentially two 580s on one card and it only has 3GB so thats 1.5GB per GPU.
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post #3 of 26
1.5GB is enough for 1200p, 3GB models are aimed at Nvidia Surround resolutions. There is no performance benefit between 1.5Gb and 3Gb on 1200p, not even synthetically.
 
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post #4 of 26
Depends on the games, really. If you plan on playing Crysis 1/2 with high res texture packs, you're going to need more VRAM, but for most gaming 1.5 will do. If it only costs a little more for 3 GB of VRAM, go for it.
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Depends on the games, really. If you plan on playing Crysis 1/2 with high res texture packs, you're going to need more VRAM, but for most gaming 1.5 will do. If it only costs a little more for 3 GB of VRAM, go for it.
I might do so; the $460 seems like a great price, but the no warranty thing has me concerned...
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EVGA has life time warrinty after you register the card online. This question has been asked so many fkin times i am sick of it . Get the 3gb of vram one if you can afford it ! Future proof. No reason not to get it.
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EVGA has life time warrinty after you register the card online. This question has been asked so many fkin times i am sick of it . Get the 3gb of vram one if you can afford it ! Future proof. No reason not to get it.
I thought you can't register online unless you have a receipt from one of their authorized retailers (which another person is not)? If I'd be eligible (with source, I believe you but I need to see this written somewhere), I'm going to jump on this immediately.
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post #8 of 26
I don't know the exact process as i never had an EVGA card. I will look it up for you in a minute. Where are you getting the card from ? the 3gb one ?

From official site : "EVGA requires an invoice or receipt as proof of purchase to take advantage of any warranty related services necessary.
The EVGA extended warranty is non-transferable. Products purchased second hand, from a non-authorized seller, or from an auction site do not carry any extended warranty."

Edited by TerrabyteX - 10/23/11 at 12:16pm
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damn, I need to think about this then
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update:

just messaged the seller, got the following response:

"Dear xxxxxxxxxxx,

I don't have a reciept for it so I can't register it. Evga is real laid back about reciepts...you can just make one. You still get a one year warranty even without reciept

xxxxx

- xxxxxxxxxx"

Is there any truth to this?

EDIT: oops sorry for double post
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