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Thats what I wanted as well, 480 SLI, but my p5b deluxe doesnt support SLI :\\

So I want the best single card solution for 2500x1600. Which looks like its the 580 3GB

Starcraft2 for me on avg uses 700 to 900MB.
Well you could run SLI on your motherboard trough SLI hack mod..

It actually does work perfecly well..

But if you don't wanna do it then go for GTX580 3GB or wait for upcoming dual GPU solutions from nVidia (or ATI)..

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Yes agreed most worthless review ever... I was like 1080... *** Xbox360 plays at 1080.
I play PC games to see high res and high end graphics not 1080 junk. Reviews like that for that comparison of cards should be @ 2560x1600, which also happens to be what I play at too.
Consoles actually upscale the games to fit the resolution you desire, its not true 1080 res
    
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Well you could run SLI on your motherboard trough SLI hack mod..

It actually does work perfecly well..

But if you don't wanna do it then go for GTX580 3GB or wait for upcoming dual GPU solutions from nVidia (or ATI)..

CHEERS..
With the p5b, the second pci is locked at 4x if i run SLI. So one card will be at 16x. and the second at 4x. I dont think the 480 will be used well at 4x.
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With the p5b, the second pci is locked at 4x if i run SLI. So one card will be at 16x. and the second at 4x. I dont think the 480 will be used well at 4x.
you only lose like at max 8-10 percent performance if I can remember correctly
    
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With the p5b, the second pci is locked at 4x if i run SLI. So one card will be at 16x. and the second at 4x. I dont think the 480 will be used well at 4x.
Sorry man I could have sworn that I 've seen P5E (X48) there..

Yeah,then a strong single card is your best option..

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you only lose like at max 8-10 percent performance if I can remember correctly
That is on x8 PCIE 2.0 slots and he is talking about 2nd x4 PCIE 1.0 slot which is really poor..

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Have you ever used Afterburner to monitor your vram usage, and checked if there's a correlation between the (rare, I'd think) occasions when your card can't handle the settings, and high vram usage (1.5GB+)?

Observing whether there's such a correlation would make sense to me in determining whether it's going to be worthwhile to upgrade to the 580 3GB.

Normally when you're getting vram limited, your perf just TANKS, and I mean hard-core. Mild lag is usually a sign that your GPU just lacks the power ... when you run out of vram, you normally tank to like 1-3fps.

Sometimes, if you've been running the game, then you jack up AA to 32X, you'll see the effect of running out of vram like the minute you hit 'apply' in the graphics settings screen ... you don't even have to go back to playing the game ... you suddenly won't even have decent control over the cursor in the settings screen ... seeing this happen is also a good sign of running out of vram.
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Thats what I wanted as well, 480 SLI, but my p5b deluxe doesnt support SLI :\\

So I want the best single card solution for 2500x1600. Which looks like its the 580 3GB

Starcraft2 for me on avg uses 700 to 900MB.
the "Best" for that resolution is the 580 1.5gb oc'd.

if you are willing to spend 600 on a single card solution then i would hold off for amd's 6990 or maybe even nvidia's 590. both will be faster than a 580 and 3gb is pointless at ANY single monitor resolution out so far. eye candy and all.
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Thats what I wanted as well, 480 SLI, but my p5b deluxe doesnt support SLI :\\

So I want the best single card solution for 2500x1600. Which looks like its the 580 3GB

Starcraft2 for me on avg uses 700 to 900MB.
If your looking for the best single card solution you should hold out till the end of the month to see if the rumored dual GPU, GF110, 3GB, GTX 590 beast of a graphics card makes it to market. It wont be cheap at around $800, but it will be fast if the rumors are true and it is two GTX 580's on one card.

http://www.overclock.net/rumors-unco...y-limited.html
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If your looking for the best single card solution you should hold out till the end of the month to see if the rumored dual GPU, GF110, 3GB, GTX 590 beast of a graphics card makes it to market. It wont be cheap at around $800, but it will be fast if the rumors are true and it is two GTX 580's on one card.

http://www.overclock.net/rumors-unco...y-limited.html

I guess I'll hold out and wait to see what Nvidia has to offer in a dual-GPU card solution.

Does anyone else have any other suggestions or comments?
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Why not SLi?
The added VRAM will help for sure, especially when AA is cranked up.
The 580 also has faster VRAM with more bandwidth too unless you OC as in my case (I whip stock 580s with my 480 in MY rig but it's under water and heavily OCed).
 
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