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So I finally got my very first rig up and running and Friday I'm ordering my GPU along with a monitor. I was originally planning on getting the MSI 2gb 560ti, but I've noticed the. 448 core msi 560ti seems to have gone down in price. Its not too big of a difference in terms of money. I've read that the 448 core is essentially a 570 so it's seems like a great buy. Should I go with the 448 or the regular 2gb version? I've heard some of the newer games need more VRam like BF3 which happens to be one of the main games I'd be playing. I want to max out games as much as possible at 1080p. Ill be going SLi in the near future as well. My pc specs if it matters are

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The 448 is a better card especially if price isn't a big issue, but if you want to SLI them you would have to do so soon as they aren't expected to be around long. If you already have a card that you can get by on then it might not be a bad idea to wait until around April which is the expected release of the next gen of Nvidia GPUs, if you can wait till then your money would likely go much further.
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Depends on your resolution, 1080 is plenty fine with the vram the 448 has. I got the 448 for $255 after rebate which is close to 560ti normal price or even higher in some cases so at that pricepoint it was a no brainer. Especially with 570 retailing for $370, the msi/evga 448 being very overclockable, surpassing 570, it is definitely worth it if you can get a good price. Just keep in mind the 448 is limited supply and if you want it for sli you might want to pick one up sooner than later? Although people last month said they would be out of stock by now, stock still seems healthy.
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I would go with the 2gb 560ti. You'll never know when you need that extra vram, and if you are going to be installing mods with 4k resolution texture packs and other visual enhancements, the vram will come in handy definitely. Also, the 448 core is a limited run graphics card, so if you want to sli it with another one in the future you may not because they won't manufacture it anymore. but you might find one used somewhere. They are basically binned gtx 570s that have things disabled in the gpu, much like the gtx 465.

You will probably have smoother gameplay with the 2gb 560 ti because of the extra vram, but you will have a higher framerate with the 570. In terms of oc'ing performance, the 560ti will overclock to 570 performance if you have a good gpu, and the 570 will overclock relatively to 580 performance.
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I come from consoles gaming and this is my very firs gaming rig so i do not have a GPU I can use. Hmm, OK. I definitely don't mind just getting one 448 and waiting to see the next gen cards, Ill be upgrading to Ivy bridge when it's released. I'm the type that buys new "toys" all the time so I definitely don't mind spending the money for a 448 then upgrading come April. Although I'd just hold out with one GPU.
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post #6 of 20
Yup go for the 448 core. I'm using the non-448 560ti and it beats out my old GTX 470 by a hair of a margin (bought the MSI Twin Frozr II model to cut down on temperature and noise).

448 is comparable to the 570, which is leagues better than its predecessor. If you're lucky you can grab them on sale for ~$250. Got my non-448 for $200 after MIR.
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I've been considering the 448 vs the 2GB myself - that or be a patient for a few months. Would it be safe to assume that given the 448's limited run that they would fetch a reasonable premium later this year for those looking to sli? (i.e. buy a 448 now and sell it after kepler arrives for an upgarde?)
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post #8 of 20
Absolutely 448 core, hands down.

For reference:

580 - 512 cores (64 more)
570 - 480 cores (32 more)
560ti - 384 cores (64 less)

The 448 has the same chip as the 570 and 580, the GF110. All 16 SMs are available in the 580 (16x32=512), 15 in the 570 (15x32=480), 14 in the 448 (14x32=448).

The 560ti has the GF114 with a much lower transistor count and memory bus width.
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post #9 of 20
448 Core, 1.2GB is usually enough with modest AA and single monitor.
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Definitely only using one monitor. Can't wait till Friday. Luckily Newegg's warehouse is only 2 hours away so i should have my GPU come Monday which is my day off.
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