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Really the main question is, Is it worth it?
I need a upgrade bad (GTX 280) and with BF3 out now, DX11 is a must. So the question comes, do I go for 2x of the GTX 580 Classified (3GB) or step down to 2x of the GTX 570's and wait for 6XX series / stepup. Money isn't really much of an issue with this. I intend to use them for 2 years, give-or-take. Its not so much future proofing as much as getting their value in use. Thanks!
post #2 of 19
if you got the cash, get the 580's now. depending on what res youll use, youll never have to worry about running out of vram ever again
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My vote is for the 580's. Sure they aren't the best bang for the buck but they'll damn sure last you 2 years without feeling the need to upgrade, except to maybe buy a third one I'm of the opinion that holding out for the 6xx cards is kind of silly since we don't know for certain when exactly they'll come out or how they'll perform in comparison. It's all speculation until they hit the shelves.

Go big.
post #4 of 19
get a 580. but don't get the classified version. get the normal one will do.
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post #5 of 19
If you're only gaming at 1080p then you only need 1 580. Two 3GB 580s @1080p will do you no good. I mean really you could get away with a 1.5GB version of the 580 and be fine. Unless you plan on a Surround setup soon.
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post #6 of 19
Like others have said, 1080p really only needs a mildy clocked GTX580 for most demanding titles. The EVGA GTX580 Classified is far too much money and is really designed for those LN2 benchers, it's clockspeeds are easily matched by far cheaper (and i mean a lot cheaper) reference 580's in most cases.

Don't waste your money on a classified edition period.

3GB is only required for Nvidia surround resolutions, 1.5GB will be more than comfortable.
 
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post #7 of 19
Welcome to OCN dephekted830.

If money is no obligation...then why settle for less? I wish you luck in actually finding the Classified cards in stock cause you have to be quick in purchasing them when available. Problem with the cards is that the voltage tuner isn't available yet to adjust/increase voltage for the cards (software wise) unless you purchase an EvBot device. If you want...you can get the MSI GTX580 Lightning instead since they're easier to find...plus a majority will suggest them anyway.

Side note...if you want to 'max' all games with 60+FPS then get two GTX580 cards in SLI cause one isn't enough especially for any new upcoming titles that will start pushing graphics farther. As for the 1.5GB and 3.0GB argument...well that's personally up to you as everybody says that 3.0GB is only needed for very high resolution gaming. I personally didn't want anything to hold me back so I just went with 3.0GB on my video cards (only ones available anyway).
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post #8 of 19
There was a benchmark that actually showed when playing @1080p, the 3GB 580s performed slightly worse than the 1.5GB counterparts. Will have a look see for the source.
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post #9 of 19
My 580 is taking everything I throw at it.
Not the most cost efficient but my reasoning is it'll play everything
and in a year or so sli when they're cheap and have a good boost.
That way I'll have approx 4 years of top quality before I need to ration.
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post #10 of 19
If you want a gtx 580 3g one, get the msi. Its better/cooler/quiter/almost the same clock speeds/and ocs more.

BF3 has alot of issues now with multi gpu, some users are not having any but aot of them do. So get 1 gpu for now and wait. @ 1080p any gtx 580 1.5g will be enough.

Also you have the option of getting the gtx 570 2.5g versions.
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