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Zotac 3GB vs MSI 1.5GB GTX 580

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Ok guys, I was just wondering, do you guys think I should get the MSI Lightning GTX 580, or the Zotac AMP2 GTX 580, which has an additional 1.5GB of VRAM? I know the VRAM isn't necesarily important considering that I'm gaming with a single monitor at 1920x1080p, but the Zotac is only 25 bucks more..so why not? Basically, I just want to know what card does better at overclocking and performance wise (and cooling), of course the extra 1.5GB with the zotac would be cool, but I dont need it so I wont go with it if the MSI Lightning still performs better. Also, the rest of the specs are in my sig, but READ THE SYSTEM TITLE. I DONT HAVE ANY PARTS YET, so please dont say "You already have one 580, blah blah blah"
Edited by Explicit528 - 10/23/11 at 7:08pm
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I use 1400mb of VRAM on my 1680x1050 panel, and the amp2 is a very nice looking card. Whats an extra $25 when it means you'll have one less thing to bottleneck you in a few years.
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I'd personally grab the MSI, especially for just 1920x1080. The MSI is a solid OC'er, not really sure about the Zotac, haven't heard much about it. Just my $.02
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Well I have had a Zotac GTX 580 1.5GB and I currently have an MSI GTX580 Lightning 1.5GB.

I actually loved my Zotac. It OCed as high as my Lightning does, and it was a great card. As far as fans noise goes, I would put them about equal, lol. The only difference is the Lightning is about 8-10 degrees cooler in-game than the Zotac ever was.

However, since the AMP! you are talking about has the aftermarket Zalman cooler, it will probably be the same as the Lightning with temps, and maybe quieter with the fan noise.

I would say for an extra $25? Future-proof it and go 3GB.
    
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Well for the small price difference go for the 3GB card, though it's not going to be effective on your single 1080p monitor. Tests already proved that on a single 1080p monitor there was 1 FPS difference playing games between 1.5GB and 3GB VRAM. It's just not effectively using it as it dosen't need it, even in VRAM intensive games.

That changes completely as you go with multiple monitors and the memory is being spread across three screens. Then it's the polar opposite as the VRAM will be greatly needed.

I've been getting a kick out of people who say that 1GB cards aren't enough to run a single monitor yet turn around and in a differnt post will advise someone that 2GB will be their best choice spread across three! rolleyessmileyanim.gif

Here is your proof. proof.gif

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Naturally if there isn't a big price break then for for more VRAM. Personally the MSI Lightning will over clock higher. Gave you some food for thought I hope. thumb.gif
     
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for $25, might as well get a 3GB, you'll get a better price selling it, since it's got a higher demand.
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So which card runs cooler? I have the money for either card, so I guess I'll look for performance and cooling
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for $25 more?......why even ask
    
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for $25 more?......why even ask

What if this 3GB card that was $25 more ran super hot and super loud and not amazing performance? That's why I'm asking
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I'd go with the Zotac even though you won't need the 3GB VRAM. The biggest consideration to me is that it is only $25 more yet gives you a lifetime limited warranty, as compared to the MSI which is only 3 years.

Who knows if you will have the card for that long, but at the very least it will help resale if you don't.
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