Originally Posted by Danman1280
Thanks man. Those are some ensuring words. Now the question is... is the 580 worth the extra $$$?
First to prove my point:
This review uses an i7 930 @ 3.3 GHz and they get at least 50% scaling with GTX 580 SLI. Considering that your Q9450 @ 3.6 is about 85% of the old i7's in clock-for-clock performance (http://www.techspot.com/review/124-i...65/page12.html
), I'd say that it definitely can utilize a single GTX 580 completely.
But is the GTX 580 worth the money?
would go for an HD 6950 and unlock that to an HD 6970, but that's because I'm cheap and I don't mind AMD's drivers. And that's only if I had the money (which I don't, otherwise I wouldn't be stuck on a dual). If you have the money/want NVIDIA drivers, then I'd say it's worth it. If you don't feel a need to spend the money on a GTX 580 and need to be convinced, then I don't think it's worth it. It'll be a, what, 30% increase? I mean, that's good, but the last time I upgraded, I got a 200% increase (8800 GT to HD 5850). I really can't justify buying something that won't make enough difference to let me change my graphics settings in games. When I'm already down to 50-60 FPS in some games, a 30% increase would only yield me enough extra performance to get a slightly smoother experience on my current, not-maxed-out graphics settings.Edited by B!0HaZard - 1/13/11 at 3:40pm