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I've sent my 570 off for RMA and the guy kindly asked whether I wanted a refund or a replacement. I said a replacement but I can of course change my mind at this point. I would only pay extra for a 580 if it's worth it, but is it!?
The price of the Asus GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II is £251 and for the same card but the 580, a ridiculous £393. What's the deal!?
Isn't the real-world difference only like a couple of FPS?

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What do you mean by "real world" it is too vague.
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No. Stick with the 570, it's a great card.
 
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What do you mean by "real world" it is too vague.
Fair enough. What I meant is "not in benchmarks". For example, if I plug in a 570 and play BF3, record the average FPS and then plug in the 580, what kind of difference in average FPS should I expect?
    
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Money is in the eye of the beholder. Is it worth it? To me, yes it is -- Is it to you? maybe not.

It also holds resale value much better than a 570 would down the road.
     
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How much better the 580 is over the 570 depends on the game, but for the prices you listed, I would totally stay with the 570.
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wrong thread. D'oh
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The way I was thinking about this when I got the 570 was to basically overclock the 570 and thus match or nearly match the 580 (free upgrade). Of course, what can throw this off is if the 580 overclocks better and to more than the 570...
    
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they can charge that price that why and this is the fastest single Gpu so until a Gpu beat the 580GTX the price will be the same .
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Benchmarks aside, if you read the reviews and tests, like those from Anandtech, etc, the 580 does more than just a few % over the 570. Depending on the game and resolution, it is generally a minimum of 10FPS faster last time I looked (especially at lower resolutions).

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4051/n...-in-the-gaps/4
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4051/n...-in-the-gaps/5
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4051/n...-in-the-gaps/6
etc

Will you be able to tell the difference? Possibly in some games where it gets really intensive and the 570 slows down to below 30fps while the 580 stays above. Is it worth the extra money? It's all relative I guess. How long are you planning on keeping the card, etc. I hold my cards for 3 years minimum, and for me, the difference between a 570 and 580 was only $90 USD, plus I got the arctic vga cooler included with the card at that price. So in that situation, yes, its worth it. But 140 pounds extra for a 580 vs 570? That wouldn't be worth it to me no.
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