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Stay at GTX 570 SLI or Step-Up to 580 SLI/VRAM Dilemma

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My brain is beginning to turn into sludge with this dilemma. Currently I have a two EVGA GTX 570 2.5GB ($399) cards and within the 90-Day EVGA Step-Up Program. The price of the EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB ($439) has gone down on the EVGA site. Then maybe even cheaper once the GTX 680 is release. Either way it sounds like a good time to use the Step-Up Program seeing I'll be paying around $100 for two cards possibly.

My issue is... is it worth it? Is it worth losing 2.5GB for 1.5GB? Games down the road may start to use more than 1.5GB, is it worth it? With Battlefield 3, I use ruffly 1.3-1.5GB with some peaks at 1.6GB but it's kind of "rare". With the GTX 680 coming out and having 2GBs of VRAM, it's telling me that the future of gaming and VRAM is getting more demanding. I remember what my gaming experience was like when I had GTX 560 1GB(non-TI) cards. I don't want VRAM to limit my experience.

Sorry, if this thread is scattered I'm in a rush. But any thoughts would be nice from everyone. Thanks in advance! thumb.gif

Just to put this out there.... no disrespect to the Radeon guys, but EVGA doesn't offer AMD cards so suggesting them is irrelevant. If EVGA offered AMD cards I'd be open it. This is a Step-Up Program only purchase. smile.gif
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I would stick with what you have, or go for the 680 if that gets added to step within your window. The step up to 580s wouldn't be a significant increase and you seem worried about the lower VRAM, which wouldn't be a problem at 1080p or 1200p but if you're worried about it then it's not worth the headache. The 680 would be more expensive but the performance increase should be noticeable compared to the 570s unlike the increase the 580s would bring.
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definitely stick with what you have man. no shame in that setup and you can save the money and put it to something in the future in regards to upgrading. I just built a rig with 2x 570's.

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I would say stick with the GTX 570's, they offer something like 80 or 90%% of the performance of GTX 580's, in some cases even less.

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stick with your 2X 570s biggrin.gif , wait for next next gen cards until you see like 80% performance increase thumb.gif
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Euhm... Keep your 570's and OC them to 580's???!!!

They are the same cards, only not as much CUDA cores and a little less RAM-bit... Nothing to worry about wink.gif

Just OC them even faster tha,n 580's... What do you got to lose if your looking at Keplers already/also
   
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