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Ok, here's my thing. I have 2 x EVGA GTX580 Classified Ultra running SLI on 1050Mhz OC. I bought them on March 7 and have about 2.5 months left to go for EVGA step up program. So I've been contemplating to buy the 680 with StepUp.

Originally I was thinking about waiting another 2 months or so, by then maybe EVGA would've come out with an upgraded 680 (4gb mem, classified or maybe hydro). Then I would do the StepUp. For example, coming from 580 Classified SLI to 680 Classified SLI would be a considerable jump. But from 580 Classy Ultra jumping to a mere 1st gen 680 just feels like a waste of time.


What do you guys think? Wait a little more? Or dive in and hope I don't drown in disappointment?
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The 580 Classified cards are nice. I would wait to see if they come out with a better card within your time period. If they don't - keep the 580's! They are still great cards!
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I'd wait. the performance of the 680 to me isn't really worth an upgrade, I've heard a few rumors about the gtx 685, if they're true I'm probably gonna pick that card up.

http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-685

dunno if it's got any merit
Edited by Forrester - 3/30/12 at 8:16am
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I would personally just keep what you have unless you plan on going sli with 680's. That GTX 685 would be great! would actually switch to nvidia for my next cards. When I saw the 680's price and power I was amazed.....until I saw the 2GB vram mad.gif
    
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personally the VRAM isn't what made me hold off on picking up a 680. I am under the suspicion that the 680 was priced so low (compared to the 7970, $500 isn't cheap lol) because their next card will be incredible...but that's just my theory.
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Hmmm...on that post too I see the Gtx 690 coming in May. Now that is worth the jump. Coming from 2 way sli 580 classy to 4way sli with those 690...I'm getting a hard-on just thinking about the performance. Thank you all for the input.
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haha. now we just gotta hope that the 690 isn't seriously under-clocked and running hotter than a toaster
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For what it's worth, when the 580 3GB cards became available through EVGA, they did not offer it as a Step-Up option, regardless of what lower end GPU you were upgrading from. Only the 1.5GB card was, and still is, eligible. EVGA's standpoint is that the 3GB cards are not largely stocked cards (aka. supposed to be "limited run" type of cards), and therefore do not qualify for the Step-Up program.

I learned this the hard way, waiting out my 570 SLI Step-Up until the very last minute, when I ultimately decided just to go ahead and take the 1.5GB 580's. redface.gif

At least for GPU's, you are pretty much only going to see reference/vanilla/base-model cards on the eligible Step-Up list. You can still see this is the case on the listing that they regularly maintain:

http://www.evga.com/support/stepup/

If history repeats itself (and I can assure you that it will), you will unlikely be able to Step-Up to the 4GB card. With the rumors that the 4GB cards are being released as FTW and Signature models, this makes it even less likely of a chance to be in the Step-Up program as these, again, are not large quantity produced cards.

So unfortunately, if you are looking to take advantage of the Step Up program, your only real choice will be the 2GB 680's, unless another high end card is released within the next two months, or this stipulation is changed. frown.gif

My take on this is if you want the absolute fastest solution now, go for the Step-Up and have no regrets about it. Even in Surround resolutions, most of the time, the 2GB 680's are an upgrade over the 580's (depending on the game, of course). If you are gaming on a single monitor, even if it is 2560x1600, the 680's will pretty much win in all comparisons. thumb.gif
     
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Oh hell, really? My mobo is 3way SLI capable and my rig is pretty much ready for it. I do only game on 1 monitor, maybe I should just jump now from those 580 Classy Ultra and get another 680 down the road and go 3 way with it. These will be the last upgrade for this rig. Already saving up for the new one. Give or take about 3 years from now. Thanks for the thorough input.
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haha. now we just gotta hope that the 690 isn't seriously under-clocked and running hotter than a toaster

Lol, we can only hope. EVGA rarely disappoint and them water blocks are always there, just in case.
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