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I think I'll give them a call in a bit. I mean, I doubt that they'd only allow you to get 2gb models. That's incredibly lame if true.
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It's my understanding that they only let you step up to reference versions. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Not sure if you could even step up to a 4GB model... If the OP can, I'd wait, otherwise jump on board now wink.gif
That's a good point! I haven't even thought of it. I'm on their website, and I don't think it's limited to only reference, but they have a list of items that qualify currently. So I'm guessing they add non-ref cards if they have an oversupply, otherwise it's the base reference model (for ex the GTX 580 is the 1.5gb model only).

In that case, I'd say step up now. Your classified will only lose value until May.

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I totally disagree with this opinion! i have owned GTX 580's and a 7970 so i am qualified to voice such!
The GTX 680 comes with a standard clock of 1.006MHZ + Boost which in most cases overclocks the GPU at demanding use to over 1.1GHZ out of the box.
Truthful!
A GTX 580 at 1.1GHZ performs identically to a GTX 680, still we will have to embrace that not every 580 can hit 1.1GHZ of course.
I can not disagree with a stock 680 matching a 580 at such frequencies! I have not been able to achieve this frequency with any GTX 580 outside of extreme cooling! This includes my lightning card!
So Dry ice or LN2 cooled 580 equals stock 680! Agreed!
So basically with Kepler not the performance itself was improved, but rather only its capability to overclock further, and through that gain performance, which is then imposed as Stock Clock.
The ability to run at Extreme cooled GTX 580 speeds, with a much lower temperature then a normally clocked GTX 580, at stock speeds, is no improvement!
The GTX 680 also is on release drivers and even then will overclock +100 on core clocks and +300 on memory clocks on average!
No doubt that SLI 580's will outperform a single 680! Cost to performance, a single card will always be superior to dual cards due to latency issues. Drivers have not fully dealt with multiple card interactions on either AMD or Nvidia sides!
I would pursue GTX 580 cards in SLI only if the cards could be purchased at a cost of $300.00 each! Then and only then would the SLI be recommended!
I have stated my opinion against dual 580 cards and the 680!
If I owned a 580 Classified Ultra and had the same question about an upgrade to a 680, I would definitely do so If my cost would not be above $50 extra beyond a card trade!

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But I hear certain games like Skrim, with big texture mods, can eat up VRAM. Eh...

Afterburner reports I use as much as 1900MB of memory during intense BF3 gaming, getting kinda close to that 2GB buffer a 680 has worriedsmiley.gif
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See, that scares me!
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Keep your classy's bro. Wait till may/june when the supposed 685's and 690 come out, and do it then. I guarantee you will regret it if you do it now. The classified 580 is such a beast and if you have 2 of them, you're golden thumb.gif
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Keep your classy's bro. Wait till may/june when the supposed 685's and 690 come out, and do it then. I guarantee you will regret it if you do it now. The classified 580 is such a beast and if you have 2 of them, you're golden thumb.gif

Yeah, I think that's what I'll do. I already messed up not waiting for the 680s, hopefully they announce something in April. If not, I'll have to act quickly in a month or so.
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Afterburner reports I use as much as 1900MB of memory during intense BF3 gaming, getting kinda close to that 2GB buffer a 680 has worriedsmiley.gif

I get close too dont know why im at 1080p. I have 2 580 classy ultra and wondering if I should step up or not...
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