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Upgrade from GTX 295 to GTX 580?

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So i'm doing a full system rehaul when SB arrives and i'm comtemplating my GPU and if i'm going to upgrade it. Now the only option really seems to be the GTX 580.

Would a GTX 580 be a worthy sucsessor to the GTX 295 or should i hold out on the GPU purchase?

I'd like to update to modern tech, but the GTX 295 didn't really get alot of coverage so it's hard to find decent comparisons. With that being said it still seems to pull its weight even though it does chug when AA&AF is enabled which these newer cards tend to do a little better.

Whats your thoughts?
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I would do it while your 295 still sells for a good amount. If you dont need dx11 you can prob wait though.
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you will see a performance increase....

the 295 performs the same as a 480/570.......

so a 580 will be that much quicker.....

also you get DX11
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maybe you should grab another GTX 295 on ebay for about 300-400$

You'd get more performance ect.

However the 580 is blistering fast.
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Well it would be a hard sell to you, primary reason is that you may actually lose performance at the same time shell out $500. That doesn't mean its bad, but I would see is a lateral move instead of a vertical upgrade.

Its quite possible your dual-gpu may run faster than a single 580 as the 295 can outrun a GTX 480 in quite a few games. I see no real direct comparison to a 580, but the 480 and 580 are very comparable and an OC 480/570 can match the stock 580 performances quite easily.

The thing is with a 580 is that you have native Dx11, power efficiency, better temperature and a high end single GPU solution which means you can get almost the same performance with less issues (games not running well on dual GPUs or microstuttering.)

An alternative idea, would be as suggested sell the 295 but instead of going for a 580, get noticeable performance gains from 2x 570s or if you are not dedicated to the nVidia brand, two 6970 Radeons would definitely outperform the GTX 295.
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I'd keep it and wait for Kepler
    
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