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560m SLI vs 580m

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I'm having difficulty locating any decent benchmarks for either setup so I was wondering if anyone here had any idea as to which one would be better?

Currently in the market for a desktop replacement for while I'm at college and I noticed that Sager is charging nearly $200 less for an 18.4" with 560m SLI vs a 17.3" with a 580m.

Now I know 18.4" is a MASSIVE screen for a laptop but like I said it's going to be a desktop replacement. It won't need to be super portable. BUT if the performance gap is significant, I might fork out the extra cash for the 580m.

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A quick search brought me to this. The 560m SLI will net you a up to a 14% performance increase at a cost of higher power consumption. If the lappy is only going to be used as a desktop replacement, the larger screen can come in handy. A positive for the 580m, though, is not waiting for the SLI profile updates. Sounds like the 560m's are what you're looking for.
Edited by InspectrButters - 10/27/11 at 5:55pm
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Both at stock they are pretty even, if you OC them to the max i would say the 560m sli would just beat it. But 560m's themselves are mid range cards in the desktop world and microstuttering would be a huge problem because you will be dipping into the 30s regularly. If it was me i would just go with the 580m or if you can find a machine with a 6990m that would be much wiser in terms of price/performance.
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Originally Posted by InspectrButters View Post
A quick search brought me to this. The 580m will net you a up to a 14% performance increase plus lower power consumption. Another positive is not waiting for the SLI profile updates. It's up to you whether or not that's worth $200 more, though.
your link says the 560m sli is about 14% faster in 3dmarkz.
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Are the 18.4" and 17.3" the same resolution?
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your link says the 560m sli is about 14% faster in 3dmarkz.


Thanks for that, don't quite know what I was thinking...
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Are the 18.4" and 17.3" the same resolution?
The specs page for each laptop says that the display is full HD, so the resolution would be 1920x1080.
Edited by Kieran - 10/28/11 at 1:45am
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560m SLI would surpass a single 580m or match it. Honestly though, matching the power of the chip for half the price is a win-win in any case. Plus it's not like you're losing on anything precious like Vram. You still have that fantastic 1.5GB framebuffer for any 1080p game.

You should be good to go really.
     
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