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Goodday overclockers,
I am about to upgrade to x79 in a month or so because my current processor struggles to keep up in some games. Im also thinking of getting a 3rd 1.5gb 580 because it's nice to have a steady 120 fps in games like bf3(because I have a 120hz screen). Do you guys think it is a good choice to get another 580 or should i wait for the Kepler high-end cards? or maybe AMD's 8xxx?
Edited by pauly94 - 2/1/12 at 8:59am
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LOL AMD 8xxx series is coming out in the next 2 years... Kepler is in april, anyways... are you sure your CPU is not keeping up in games? cuz mine is perfectly fine.... also, you dont NEED 120 FPS to take advantage of a 120hz screen, in fact anything past 60 FPS is taking advantage of your 120hz panel already...not only that, but the human eye can only see around 80 - 100 FPS anyways dual GTX 580's is enough.... if i were you, i would hold out, grab you X79 rig, and check out Kepler which Nvidia Claims is far superior to the 7970 line
    
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I recommend against the third 580, unless you really want to spend the money. The performance gain isn't worth the cost (in my opinion).
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Wait for kepler - you'll want to sell those 580's then.

Hopefully you're also waiting for Ivy bridge before upgrading?
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Depends if you have the $ to spend on it...

 

I would try capping the framerate a few times and see how much of a difference you see..  to spend the money just to have a solid 120 FPS seems pointless, as I doubt if you set you max FPS to 80 or 100 you would notice it not getting to 120+ unless you were watching the FPS rather than playing the game (which sounds like what alot of guys do in BF3, spawn on me and run away without even dropping an ammo box or medkit, just drooling over the FPS and K:D ratio)...

 

 

But, with that crappy logical stuff out of the way, if you have the $, sure go for it, then bench the he** out of them for team OCN and post to HWBot....

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Also, what kind of hit would running 3 580's with only 1.5GB of ram be? Thats alot of GPU and not much VRAM


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Two 570s in SLI here with a 2600K CPU. Average FPS on BF3 is 120 with highs of 160 and rare dips to around 95. 1920x1080 at 120 Hz, everything on Ultra, MSAA off and FXAA High. No need for a third card unless you fancy spending the money just because.
    
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I'd stick with the two 580s. I have two 580s and I get great performance in all my games on max 1920x1080. 580s are still quite expensive. Like sn0w said, hang on to your money and wait for Kepler thumb.gif
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Quote:
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the human eye can only see around 80 - 100 FPS anyways

This is false. The human eye doesn't work that way.

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This is false. The human eye doesn't work that way.
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Yep, no way to measure the "FPS" or refresh rate of the human eye....

 

 

However I do not think that anyone can truly notice the difference between 90 FPS and 120 FPS when looking at a screen.... Only time I have ever really noticed it is when the FPS drop below 30, and then you start noticing some dips and stuttering...

 

 

I do understand the guys point tho, you pay the money to have a refresh rate of 120Hz, may as well have the GPU power to force a constant FPS of 120 or better to get the full output of the monitor...

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Yea I get annoyed at these "the human I can only see ....." claims. Like its been said, our eyes don't have a "refresh rate". However, we do see stuttering, at that would be a reason to upgrade, not just sheer frame rates. Are you getting stuttering on 1.5gb of vram? You may be awfully close to the limits at times. I had two 570's and they filled the vram to the max, and with 3 gb 580s Ill typically fill up 1.6-1.8gb of vram in bf3 on ultra. Perhaps ditch the two 1.5gb 580's, go for a single 3gb 580, so its easier to ditch when kepler comes out. Thats what I would do personally.
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