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hi friends,

i am on a crossroads at present as i currently have an GTX 580 1.5gb and a GTX 670 2gb. the 580 used for 1year is available for $ 200 and the 670 is available for $400 used for 2-3 months. Price is a major factor but i can overlook if i see benefits. I have read that the GTX 670 outperforms GTX 580 but is the price difference justified. Also with all the complaints saying that voltage control being no longer available on the Keplar boards as i do love messing around with voltages and clocks. What would you suggest ??
post #2 of 19
Well 670 is better than 580 but its not twice the money better if price is important for you.

I would always recommend the 670 over 580 but you can save yourself that 200$ if you need it for something else. 580 still rocks.
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Well 670 is better than 580 but its not twice the money better if price is important for you.

This.

The GTX670 is a faster card and has more memory (2GB is considered the minimum these days if you game at a high resolution, most probably the reason why it is holding its price so well against the GTX580.) However just because it is faster and has more memory, that doesn't mean it is twice the card that the GTX580 is.

I personally couldn't justify the price difference for the incremental performance increase. At this point I'm not sure I could even justify a 680 or 7970. Due to the crazy low price of the GTX580 I would only consider SLI at this point rather than investing in a totally new generation due to the price : performance of SLI in comparison to upgrading to a current gen single card solution.
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I went from 3x GTX 580 to 3x GTX 670 - but I wouldn't recommend it. The gain is simply just too small to justify. I am regretting the upgrade now...but 1month ago I just had the upgrade itch ,since I hadn't upgraded GFX in almost 2years.
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I went from 3x GTX 580 to 3x GTX 670 - but I wouldn't recommend it. The gain is simply just too small to justify. I am regretting the upgrade now...but 1month ago I just had the upgrade itch ,since I hadn't upgraded GFX in almost 2years.

Do you only have 1 screen at 1200p resolution?

Than yes you would not gain from upgrading to 670 3way SLI from 580 3way SLI

If you were gaming in 1440p than you would like your upgrade more.

Are you thinking of switching to 1440p gaming? or perhaps 1600p?
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Do you only have 1 screen at 1200p resolution?
Than yes you would not gain from upgrading to 670 3way SLI from 580 3way SLI
If you were gaming in 1440p than you would like your upgrade more.
Are you thinking of switching to 1440p gaming? or perhaps 1600p?

The gain even comparing from one GTX 580 to one GTX 670 was at it's best around 25% max. Considering the obtaining price for GTX 670 and the low resale value of GTX 580 just simply can't justify it, when you look at FPS pr DKK/£/$ or whatever currency.
I'm running 1x Asus 26 "and 2x Samsung 24's (5760x1200).
But even at 1920x1200 on a single screen I see the same results. E.g. In Metro2033 at 1920x1200 ultra settings and 4xAA I went from 91 FPS to 101 FPS.

It's the first time I've felt upgrading didn't do much... I may be because the GTX 580 were pushing much more than needed anyhow. I started out with GTX 280 3way SLi to GTX 470 3way-SLi which was a substantial performance increase. Then I went from GTX 470 3way SLi to GTX 580 3way SLi and the gain was actually very good. 2x GTX 580 would easily best 3x GTX 470.
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Yeah the problem is your upgrading from a card that is still a top contender.

I game at 1440p and I have yet to find a game that I cannot max out. In fact the only game that I can think of that this card would struggle with is BF3. You're upgrading from a top contender to a top contender, at that point will only get marginal gains for a premium price.
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even BF3 isin't a problem for 580 as it is fairly a CPU intensive rather than relying more of GPU. I wanted to upgrade as does it provide significant future proofing ??
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even BF3 isin't a problem for 580 as it is fairly a CPU intensive rather than relying more of GPU. I wanted to upgrade as does it provide significant future proofing ??

I'd advice you to hold onto the GTX 580 until HD8000/GTX700s results are coming.
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Yeah if money is an issue wait for the new generation.

But if you do not mind loosing like $100 bucks by getting a GPU now and upgrading to the next gen in 2013 than purchase a GPU now.

Remember next gen will be here like in 5 months and if you loose $100 bucks out of getting a new GPU now its like you lost $20 a month. Which is the price of a movie ticket, pop corn and soda.

If I were in your shoes though I would go with 580 for that price. It seems too good for a 580 unless there is something wrong with it.
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