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For my custom built gaming computer I'm having a hard time choosing my video card.

So after deciding to go with one single higher end video card, a GTX 580, instead of SLI'ing two 560 ti's for the same price of one 580, and then SLI'ing with another 580 later on down the road, I would like to know if if I would get more benefit going with a SOC edition of a 580 instead of just a regular brand 580.


I was thinking about getting this card:


EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130590

So like I just said should I just get a regular 580 and SLI down the road or a 580 SOC and SLI down the road. Or in other words how much more performance am I getting with the 580 SOC over the regular 580. Sorry if this sounds confusing, I'm just not really familiar with computers / computer parts.

Thanks in advanced for all the replies!


Also, if you think I should just go with a regular 580, which brand (EVGA, Asus, etc..) has the best one?


Anyways, thanks in advance to everyone who replies!
post #2 of 8
I would just get a regular 580 and overclock it yourself.
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im 80% sure there the exact same card, except the CuperClocked edition comes with a higher factory clock speed, but you can but the cheaper one and Oc to the Superclocked speed or better
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Get the regular 580. The only difference between the 2 is a slight overclock and it is not worth the extra money for the soc version. You can get the same results yourself by doing a mild overclock. Also, if you are only planning on gaming at 1920x1080, you will not need to sli this card. It is more than capable of handling any modern game with good frame rates and max graphics settings at 1920x1080.
Edited by omnius19 - 3/26/11 at 10:06pm
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seriously, i would rather get 2 560 because any way, 580 sli is an overkill. But if you definitly want to go in sli of 580 your in the right way.
i approve joemaniaci comment, get a standard gtx 580 and overclock it to the superclock if you want. Remember, evga is life time warenty and overclocking is warented, but dont burn it, physical damage is exclued
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Get the regular 580. The only difference between the 2 is a slight overclock and it is not worth the extra money for the soc version. You can get the same results yourself by doing a mild overclock. Also, if you are only planning on gaming at 1920x1080, you will not need to sli this card. It is more than capable of handling any modern game with good frame rates and max graphics settings at 1920x1080.
Thank you and you are bang on at my resolutions! Also thanks to everyone else!
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Oh and I usually like EVGA or Asus because they have the best customer service departments. You want to look for the brand that has the best return policies and longest warranties on their cards. The 580s sold by different brands are all the same if they are reference cards.
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The only reason to ever pay more for an OC version of graphics card is if all the others are sold out and you need it right now.

Otherwise, like others have said, get the cheaper one and OC it yourself.
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