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post #31 of 47
gtx 590 will scale much better in SLI than gtx 580 tri-sli.... so if you want power go for the gtx 590
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The Lightnings were designed for LN runs. They got a 480 up to 1.5GHz

as MrTOOSHORT mentioned, VRAM on Vidcards in SLI or XFire gets mirrored not added. Quad SLI 590's only use 1.5GB of VRAM, not 6. In order to max out games with triple monitors and high AA you will need more than 1.5GB. You can use 1.5GB cards if you turn AA way down.
Which is the only reason I am considering the evga 580 3GB(Out in first half of April). 4x AA will work on most games with 1.5gb but some games you have to take AA off to get it to run smooth.

What I am waiting on is some 590 SLI benchmarks to see how it scales and performs against Quad-SLI 580s. While more VRAM helps so does more GPU's.
post #33 of 47
simple 2 580s if ur running one big screen (1600p) and 2 590 if ur running 3 medium screens (1080p/1200p)
if ur running 3 big screens (1600p) consider GTX 580 3GB
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This is OCN! of course its not necessary,
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post #35 of 47
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This is OCN! of course its not necessary,
Actually it is necessary. 1 Card may work fine for 1 screen, but it will not run 3 monitors with the same graphic setting.

3 monitors needs more Vram and SLI/Crossfire to run games maxed out.

You may be content with 1 monitor but I enjoy having peripheral vision in my fps games. I enjoy being able to see expansion bases and my main base all at once in RTS games. I enjoy being able to see out the front and left/right windows at the same time in racing games. I enjoy the larger field of view.
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The Lightnings were designed for LN runs. They got a 480 up to 1.5GHz.

as MrTOOSHORT mentioned, VRAM on Vidcards in SLI or XFire gets mirrored not added. Quad SLI 590's only use 1.5GB of VRAM, not 6. In order to max out games with triple monitors and high AA you will need more than 1.5GB. You can use 1.5GB cards if you turn AA way down.
whoa whoa whoa... so are you saying a 590 only uses 1.5GB even by itself? I don't understand how it "mirrors" why wouldn't it just add on? Does that mean I'm only getting 1GB out of 450's?
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errrr the gtx 590 has 3gb of Vram
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whoa whoa whoa... so are you saying a 590 only uses 1.5GB even by itself? I don't understand how it "mirrors" why wouldn't it just add on? Does that mean I'm only getting 1GB out of 450's?
Yes, your 450's are only using 1GB. Each card renders a frame. One is doing the even frames, one the odds. They both load the same textures, thats the mirroring part. One cards' memory is not being used to help the other render. Even though the 590's advertise 3GB VRAM each GPU is only using 1.5GB. Even someone who is using two 590's in Quad SLI only has 1.5GB of VRAM effectively. Triple monitor setups need lots of memory because each gpu is rendering all 3 screens at once. This is why ATI went with 2GB and the 3GB 580's are being recommended for people who love AA.
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Yes, your 450's are only using 1GB. Each card renders a frame. One is doing the even frames, one the odds. They both load the same textures, thats the mirroring part. One cards' memory is not being used to help the other render. Even though the 590's advertise 3GB VRAM each GPU is only using 1.5GB. Even someone who is using two 590's in Quad SLI only has 1.5GB of VRAM effectively. Triple monitor setups need lots of memory because each gpu is rendering all 3 screens at once. This is why ATI went with 2GB and the 3GB 580's are being recommended for people who love AA.
Interesting..I feel like my life has just changed. Ha. Thanks for the info.
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Interesting..I feel like my life has just changed. Ha. Thanks for the info.
YW. It's something that isn't obvious, especially with the way these cards are marketed.


I lol'd at MrTOOSHORT's new avatar. Quite fitting Is Skee-Lo next?
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