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Hi everyone,

Thinking about upgrading and was really liking the look of EVGA's crazy Classified 580. At the moment just looking for a few more frames / a bit faster GPU for scientific CUDA things and was kind of torn...

Pick up one of EVGA's 3GB insanely OC'd 580s right now or get a 680 Kepler card. Normally of course it'd make sense to go to the latest thing but I figure the cards would be pretty close at the same clocks. In the meantime it doesn't seem like most games or things are using 2 GB of RAM, let alone 3 so not an issue there.

I know it's not fully out yet as to how Kepler performs (other than being "better" in general than a 7970), but I figure if I'm going to be paying ~$500 anyway I can get the newest generation, wait for drivers and programs to adjust to Kepler or get an insanely enginnered 580 now.

Does anyone here own EVGA's monstrosity? How much better is it than a plain old 580?

I have two of their 1.5 GB SC cards but probably looking to consolidate.
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Yeah i am wanting to know the same thing,get the 580 classy or wait for 680??
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I would wait for the 680 if you run 1920x1200 or smaller. In theory, the 680 should perform much better, and overclock better, the only downside here is that the 680 has 1GB less VRAM, which means nothing if you don't need it.

So yes, definitely wait for some official benchmarks... it's like 5 days away.
Edited by Murlocke - 3/18/12 at 7:41pm
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EVGAs classy 580 is a bit meh when compared to ASUS ROG/MSI Lightning, some enthusiast features lacking+raw overhead of the lightning... IMO stay with your current 2x580 1.5 until G110 drops.
 
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Ok i think i will wait it out. I do play some 3d games on my asus 27 inch monitor and would like to go with at least 2gb ram.
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Yeah I'm usually at 1600x1200 or below (some would say a waste, I know). I guess if we get benches in a few days then yeah, will wait it out. Can at least sell one of the two cards for decent funds now hopefully and either way not be paying out the nose (as much) for a 680 upon launch if I really want to go that route. Thanks.
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I would avoid the classy unless you don't mind noise, and even then it's probably going to be worse in price/performance than the 680. Also in regards to Murlocke I believe that most of the more recent and fairly believable rumors put the 680 at 2GB of VRAM.
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I would avoid the classy unless you don't mind noise, and even then it's probably going to be worse in price/performance than the 680. Also in regards to Murlocke I believe that most of the more recent and fairly believable rumors put the 680 at 2GB of VRAM.

Oh sorry, I should of worded my post better. I mean the 680 will have 1GB of VRAM less than the 580 classy. tongue.gif
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dont worry the wait is killing me too...I had to literally talk my self out of taking a GTX580 home today..walked around CompUsa for about an hr and half with the recent price drops of current gen cards.....

I placed it down and felt proud of my self for having self control lachen.gif
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Well I'm sure it's a somewhat loud card. I know stock fans on the 580 were quite nasty above 70% for noise. Then again lately I've also been rummaging around and having to put up with LOUD radeon 5970s @ 80%+.

I don't think I'd care about the noise by this point haha. I'd imagine such a large EVGA cooler would at least be a little bit quieter than the stock fan on regular cards though.

Regarding the RAM difference, no I followed ya. Thanks.
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