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Something I havent seen people mention is that with any new graphics card generation, the drivers arent fully optimized and not at the peak performance. Right now the 7970 might be only 10 percent faster than the 580 but over time with new driver releases the 7970 will be even faster. Also like someone else in this thread said. If you are going to spend that much money on a card why not just go all out and get the fastest, especially if its the same price. It will save you buyers remorse. I would return the 580 unless they charge me a restocking fee. Also the 7970 has 3 gig of ram, so if you decide to upgrade your monitor to a higher resolution or if you want a tripple monitor setup, your pc will be able to handle it better with the extra ram.

I would have to agree with this, as the 580 drivers are quite tip top at this point and i don't see the 580 getting much faster than it already is especially with Kepler out late this year for the 780,785, and 790.
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post #32 of 44
The 580 is as fast as it's going to be right now, it may get small performance increases with future drivers but nothing major, and it still is a great card eventho the HD 7970 is a bit faster.
If you'd rather get your computer up and running as fast as possible stay with the GTX 580, if you don't mind waiting go ahead and return the GTX 580 and buy an HD 7970. I'd rather get my computer going asap and as a trade-off have a slightly slower card.
No worries tho, the GTX 580 should eat through anything you throw at it. thumb.gif
    
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Oh I forgot the lightning has 3 gb too. Anyways btw the 7970 is more than 10 percent faster. more like 15-20 percent faster. Well at least compared to a stock clock 580 1.5 gig Check out this video review I jsut found. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoGzSbaFVuI
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post #34 of 44
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After reading lots about this, I am now leaning more towards just keeping the card and saving my self the problems of restocking fees and time delays (I just want to build my computer already since I have been wanting to do this for 2 years now).

-Shaq
You've waited this long, another week or two couldn't hurt.
When the 7970 matures, without a doubt it will be even faster.

Either way, both cards are powerful.
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post #35 of 44
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Oh I forgot the lightning has 3 gb too. Anyways btw the 7970 is more than 10 percent faster. more like 15-20 percent faster. Well at least compared to a stock clock 580 1.5 gig Check out this video review I jsut found. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoGzSbaFVuI

Then in this case it doesn't really matter , seeing as the 580 lightning extreme stock clock is 832 not 772, still the 7970 is faster at stock, but the clock can be matched without a bump in voltage from the OPs current card.

Like one post said, if your are suffering that bad from buyers remorse then get the 7970, if not be happy with your 580 LEX it is by no means a slouch, and remember, Kepler is coming out later this year and more than likely will be faster than the current AMD 700 series.
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post #36 of 44
1.I'd be still on edge with it being a new die shrink and all.
2.If thats all your playing then why would you need that much power?
3.Then the restock and shipping fees come in.

I'd say stick with your 580 and if somehow you are unimpressed with it then send it back or sell it when everything is ironed out on the 7970.
     
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1.I'd be still on edge with it being a new die shrink and all.
2.If thats all your playing then why would you need that much power?
3.Then the restock and shipping fees come in.
I'd say stick with your 580 and if somehow you are unimpressed with it then send it back or sell it when everything is ironed out on the 7970.

Nice advice. That is actually a good idea, sending it back/selling if it doesn't suffice.

-Shaq
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You still have a badass card buddy that will dominate everything you put it against. thumb.gif

Except a 7970
 
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Except a 7970

keplerrrrrrr!!!!!!!
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I would just keep the card to be honest, you always have the option to SLI down the road if you feel you need more performance. Also don't forget Kepler will eventually come out so you have the option to sell your GTX 580 and purchase whatever new card nVidia comes out with. That way you still get to keep your build Intel/nVidia. I think the 7970 is a beast of a card but I personally wouldn't purchase it due to horrible issues I have had with AMDs cards both hardware and software wise but that's just my bad luck I guess. If you don't have plans for Eyefinity / nVidia surround stick to the GTX 580. thumb.gif
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