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I currently have an EVGA 470...with 30 days left on my step up. I have a single Dell u2711 2560x1400.

I'm either going to Upgrade to a single EVGA GTX 580
or Sidestep to a EVGA GTX 560 Ti FPB, and then spend the exact same money for a second 560.

Now SLI intrigues me a bit, and it seems the 560's would out perform the the 580 by a bit.

But I can always Overclock the 580

I'd Prob like to keep this setup for atleast a year.

So for a single monitor 2560x1400, I know the amount of v-ram is important, but what about single gpu vs sli.?

and Yes the door would be open for sli 580's....if i got the 580, but
I dont see myself buying a second $500 card at any point....unless they went on fire sale or something...
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A GTX560 SLi will beat a single GTX580 in many games, and will loose in others, but if you have no problems in running a multi-card setup, you would be better suited with with SLi (not by a very big margin though).

But i think that it depends on how much it would cost each upgrade. If upgrading to a GTX580 will cost you less than finishing the SLI setup, go for it! It will mean less heat and less noise than 2 cards too.
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Problem is , is that they are same price.......an addtl gtx 560 is $250, and the upgrade to a 580 is also $250

I think the having "2" cards in sli..cool factor is playing a role

and cooling isnt a real issue, becuase i have a Haf 932 black edition with a coolermaster excalibur fan in the gpu duct..feeding air
Edited by Bigo1087 - 3/21/11 at 4:52pm
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Since both options are going to be the same price then I'd recommend going for the single card solution (GTX 580). Not only because it has the potential for a lesser amount of issues but, in the future you can always add another GTX 580 if needed!
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Yah...thats what i tought......I was actually all set on going with the 570 upgrade for like $90 bucks extra.....But they took away the refrence 570 and only have the HD version available and i dont really like the 570HD's cooler..compared to the reference vapor chamber design as i prefer it blowing out the case.

So figured...I can just throw myself on the 580 step up list....and since it will take a while anyways..i figured i'd myt as well go for the 580.


But what do you guys think in terms of gaming on a hi-res monitor though? The single 580 will have 1.5GB of v-ram, but the dual 560's would total 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130587

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130604
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Originally Posted by Bigo1087 View Post
But what do you guys think in terms of gaming on a hi-res monitor though? The single 580 will have 1.5GB of v-ram, but the dual 560's would total 2GB
Dual 560s would only have 1GB effective memory. SLI does not add additional VRAM. It's part of the reason that Tri-SLI 560s, if possible, would still be pointless.

My vote is the 580 at that res.
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Thankyou.....580 it is.......
Edited by Bigo1087 - 3/21/11 at 5:22pm
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