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do what im gonna do and wait a month and get SLI 560s.
    
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I'm having the exact same dilemma

I'm thinking go 470 SLI then sell both in the future and get a 580. You can add another 580 shortly after then. By that time there may improved 580 options available, like this baby here.

That way your maximizing performance and also making your money work for you..

The fastest factory overclocked 580 I can find is the POV here 841/4104/1682
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The 470s in SLI perform much cooler and alot of times better than the 480s. .
Lol.
They do now? I don't think so.
SLi GTX 460's nearly match SLi GTX 470's.
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post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
470s pretty well outperform 460s
post #15 of 20
You really should have made a poll. I vote for the GTX 580. You won't be needing any more performance, unless you're looking at 2560x1600 as your resolution or multiple monitor options; or, of course, unless you have some crazy fetish for 32xAA forced through the control panel on Metro 2033/Crysis You'll also eliminate any chances of the odd SLI issues until you feel you need a second one down the line.
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why do you even need SLI GTX580? you can run every game maxed out at 1080P with a single GTX470
So why do you need 3 470s again?
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Elaborate please. He cannot max out every game with a single 470.
without Physx you could. apart from Metro 2033. maybe.
    
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Personally, I would go with the fastest single card available. Then, when that card doesn't perform up to your standards anymore, sell it and buy the current gen top dog single gpu card.

I'm a hater of dual gpu setups.
     
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470s pretty well outperform 460s
I agree with that. The 470s are a beast.

Also, to answer your question, I have no switched to tri-sli 580s.

Heat wise:
They run so much cooler over the 470s, even at tri-sli or single cards.
The 580s idle at 32c and peak at 69c in benchmarks on air, in a case with not that good air cooling in it.
My 470s used to idle at 55c and peak at 95c.

Raw power wise:
The 580 is a real beast of a card, and very well cooled and performs great and overclock better.
And as a single card, you will not have issues with games which don't support SLI well, and much less stuttering while gaming.

Down side:
The 580 will not out-perform two 470s in my experience.
So if you are looking at raw power, its 470s. If you look for cooler, less issues, and less power hunger, get a 580.
Also, it depends on your budged, since I guess you will lose some money selling the 470s and buying a new 580.
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I'd go with the 580, then pick up another one later once it doesn't perform as good as you want.

I did that with 480's..I bought one in August and for now it performs marvelously for my needs, but with the prices dropping so fast, I'll pick up another one in the summer for SLI just to get another performance boost until the next generation comes out.
Yeah I like this idea. I might do the same

It's powerful as heck and you shouldn't need a second one until newer games come out. Min FPS should be higher with a single GPU too
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