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post #1 of 21
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Cost for SLI GTX 480:

- $280-ish for another GTX 480
- $40 to upgrade to P8P67 Pro B3

Total: about $320

Cost for GTX 590:

- $700+shipping and possibly tax too for new card
- minus $280-ish for sale of ASUS GTX 480

Total: At least $420, probably more

What do you guys think?

I'd probably run the SLI 480's at 850 MHz.

I'd probably run the GTX 590 at 772 MHz.
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post #2 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheyster;12865732 
Cost for SLI GTX 480:

- $280-ish for another GTX 480
- $40 to upgrade to P8P67 Pro B3

Total: about $320

Cost for GTX 590:

- $700+shipping and possibly tax too for new card
- minus $280-ish for sale of ASUS GTX 480

Total: At least $420, probably more

What do you guys think?

I'd probably run the SLI 480's at 850 MHz.

I'd probably run the GTX 590 at 772 MHz.

gtx480 sli is the better option.
I see your current gtx480 is running @875mhz so I hope u can also reach your second asus gtx480 @875mhz
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post #3 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aniket;12865783 
gtx480 sli is the better option.
I see your current gtx480 is running @875mhz so I hope u can also reach your second asus gtx480 @875mhz

I'd be happy to get one that can do 850. With SLi I don't think I'll need to run them any higher for my needs and screen resolution.

Another option is just to wait for Kepler. I don't think I'll need the horsepower of GTX 480 SLi or GTX 590 until BF3 is released.
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post #4 of 21
SLI that 480 and it will be overkill for most games.
gtx590 seems a bit pointless for you imho
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post #5 of 21
My friend is selling his 480 AMP! editions and getting a single 590 instead. They can get hotter than you know...
    
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post #6 of 21
480 sli all the way. Getting 10k + in 3dmark 11 and 31kish in vantage with sig rig ppu off.
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post #7 of 21
For the GTX 590:
772 MHz for 24/7 won't either happen or won't run well with OCP on the GTX 590. The voltage required triggers OCP and throttles cards performance so the OC cripples the card.

Much less heat, more efficient tessellation, Cuda, Physx performance.

For the GTX 480
Going to be hot, power hungry, and a bit noisy as the heat builds up in SLI.

More power than a GTX 590, faster scores/benchmarks. Cheaper and easier to deal with. More mature drivers.
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post #8 of 21
SLI 480 and never look back,spend the money you save on LC
Edit ;or sell 480 and get GTX 460 2WIN..
Edited by coolhandluke41 - 4/16/11 at 5:29pm
    
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post #9 of 21
With 480 SLI you forgot to factor in your 750W PSU, probably want a 850+ when heavily overclocking your 480's
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