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It's physically impossible for a GPU with 1 x 6pin and 1x 8pin PCI-e connectors to draw anywhere near 400W due to the power output limitations of the connections.

I know this post is a week old but I was reading the thread and just wanted to clear up this common misconception.

^^^ No offense, but this is not actually true (although you're correct, 400W is the full system wattage thumb.gif)

The 300W limit for this plug config (8-pin = 150W, 6-pin = 75W, board = 75W) is purely based on 'safety specs' (with a very large margin for error), not on actual physical limitations.

You could totally pull 400W through an 8-pin + 6-pin connector pair, esp. with a single-rail PSU with beefy-gauge wiring (which any high-powered single-rail unit should have).

It's just not considered 'safe' and 'within spec', because the wires would probably get hot biggrin.gif
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If you upgrade often, get yourself a nice mid range card like the 560, then when the next mid range card comes out, sell your 560 and get that, and so on.

But, if you like to keep your card for a longer period of time, then definitely go with the 580. I went with a 560, and now I'm going through step-up with evga because since i'm keeping this for a few years, I want the most performance possible. There is no such thing as overkill because eventually, the power of your gpu will be utilized better.
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I ordrerd the "Asus DirectCuII GTX580"

This is really gonna be a worthy replacement for my old GTX285. Should arrive tuesday.

Gonna keep it at stock speeds, to obtain lowest fan RPM's as possible, even under load.

Last time I bought such an expensive card, were back in 2003 for a brand new ati 9700 pro lol.
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I ordrerd the "Asus DirectCuII GTX580"

This is really gonna be a worthy replacement for my old GTX285. Should arrive tuesday.

Gonna keep it at stock speeds, to obtain lowest fan RPM's as possible, even under load.

Last time I bought such an expensive card, were back in 2003 for a brand new ati 9700 pro lol.
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Yeah you'll be just fine with a 570. My 5850 plays everything at 1080p and the 570 is much more powerful than that.
I agree my 5850 has no problems.
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Its too late

The Asus DirectCuII GTX580 have already been shipped to me
And damn I cant wait to get it installed.
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Originally Posted by wendigo4700 View Post
I ordrerd the "Asus DirectCuII GTX580"

This is really gonna be a worthy replacement for my old GTX285. Should arrive tuesday.

Gonna keep it at stock speeds, to obtain lowest fan RPM's as possible, even under load.

Last time I bought such an expensive card, were back in 2003 for a brand new ati 9700 pro lol.
Yeah. Good choice. Populous who say that this and that is MORE than enough for 1920x1200 forget the fact that some of us play other games than BFBC2. For instance I could list at least 4-5 games on my current setup that does not reach full 60 fps on 1920x1200.

Good choice, and enjoy
    
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580 is in no way considered over kill for the modern games. it really also depends on what game you are playing. if you're playing counterstrike, even a GTS 450 is enough.

I do suggest getting the GTX 570 though, or the HD 6970. the GTX 580 is extremely overpriced for what it can do.

PS: at your resolution the 570 is faster than the 6970 i believe.
nvm they're about equal.
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I know the OP made the right choice. He's going to slide that in his PCIe slot and never look back or regret his decision.

The GTX 580 SC is now selling for $499 plus $30 rebate for $469.99 at least for time being.

No issues what so ever with VRM and very over clockable. Redesigned FERMI with all 512 cores unlocked with less power consumption, less heat dissipation, and more efficient than the already powerful GTX 480 series before it.

It's the best single GPU aside from dual GPU on the market and it's much better than the AMD 6970. Is the difference in money per performance worth it? Each person has to ask themselves that which will vary for everyone based on if they can afford it, or couldn't care less and want the best.

Some will say those initial benchmarks are outdated and AMD 6970's drivers have improved the performance which is true. The GTX 580 has also gone through driver updates as well and this last one 270.1 version made the GTX 580 even better in performance and 3D gaming. The drivers from both sides are still maturing and both companies are doing a great job make those enchancements on their flagship single GPU cards.

The GTX 580 now offering a 3GB version for larger monitors and greater resolution options opened more possibilities for usage as well.

I'm playing Crysis, Crysis 2 and purchased Metro 2033 just to test this card out and all those games at maxed setting which would kill another card and I'm gliding along without stutter. Like a hot knife through butter I like to compare it to.

Congrats on that card choice OP. Please post back after you've had it for a while and let us know exactly what you think.
     
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Personally if I was in the market for something new right now I'd grab me two unlockable 6950 2GB cards ... you can get two of them for about the same price as a 580, and they will completely destroy it.

But that's just me
    
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