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gtx 580 vs 480 sli

Poll Results: gtx 580 for $430 vs hd 7970 $450 vs gtx 480 sli 210 each

 
  • 20% (5)
    gtx 580
  • 36% (9)
    hd 7970
  • 44% (11)
    gtx 480 sli
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post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Have a gtx 580 but still can return it. have around $400 to spend. should i switch to a different graphics card.

gtx 480 sli - http://m.tigerdirect.com/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aWdlcmRpcmVjdC5jb20vYXBwbGljYXRpb25zL1NlYXJjaFRvb2xzL2l0ZW0tZGV0YWlscy5hc3A/RWRwTm89MjE0ODQ2OSZTa3U9RTE0NS0xNDgw


gtx 580 - http://m.tigerdirect.com/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aWdlcmRpcmVjdC5jb20vYXBwbGljYXRpb25zL1NlYXJjaFRvb2xzL2l0ZW0tZGV0YWlscy5hc3A/RWRwTm89Njk0Mjg5MiZDYXRJZD0zNjY5
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post #2 of 35
Keep the GTX580 for a single screen.
    
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post #3 of 35
Yeah it's tough to say since there are no details on what you plan to play, or what settings/resolutions you plan to play at.

The GTX 480 SLI will most certainly be faster, but the 580 will probably be fine assuming you're playing on a single monitor.(and you already have it)

The difference between the two cards is 15% at best, and 3% at worst.(set to the same clock speeds) Obviously this makes two GTX 480s much faster, but it is a bit of a hassle to return stuff. Not to mention the 480s run hotter and take more power, and there's a good chance you'd have to purchase a better power supply or even aftermarket cooling solutions if you bought them. Also SLI/CF can be a bit of a pain to work with, and it doesn't work perfectly with every game.

Edit: For an easy real world comparison check out this link. http://www.overclock.net/t/1235557/official-top-30-heaven-benchmark-3-0-scores
The second post shows people's performance in a pretty good graphical benchmark, and will give you a basic idea of how much faster GTX 480 SLI would perform compared to a single GTX 580.
Edited by Subcutaneous - 4/20/12 at 5:47pm
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post #4 of 35
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I run at a single 1080p display want to run bf3 on ultra. With 580 sc I get avg 55fps.

Heat isn't an issue because my case has a huge fan on the side that blows air directly on top of the gpus.

Noise doesn't bother me

I can return it easily because I bought my 580 at a local compusa

Psu is corsair tx850
Edited by technofied - 4/20/12 at 7:29pm
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post #5 of 35
So do you have enough power then, and do you want more than 55FPS average?
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post #6 of 35
2 480's will destroy a single 580. if you dont mind heat and noise, get the 480's

but keep in mind you will need at least a 750w PSU (a good one) if you plan to overclock the cards and CPU. preferably an 850 to give some buffer.
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post #7 of 35
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i spent around 1,400 on my new pc i thought id be able to max about any game at 1080p so i did want 60fps. is 480 sli fastest option at a $400 price point?

i did see the 560 ti sli at tigerdirect at $175 is this any better.
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post #8 of 35
2 new 480's for 250 each from the egg or used for 200 each from the marketplace will crush BF3. But is it worth those extra 5 Fps you're looking for ? Of course you'll get over 60 but with a lot more heat and power draw. But for value, they can't be beat. Forget about the 560ti unless you're getting 2 of the 2gb models.

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post #9 of 35
GTX 480 sli will hand SLI GTX 560 TI's but to it on a silverplatter.
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post #10 of 35
480's are more or less a power hungry 570.
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