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Poll Results: Whats the better deal? Which would you choose is price was not a concern?

Poll expired: Apr 24, 2011  
  • 74% (26)
    Palit GTX 580 3GB SLI for $1080
  • 25% (9)
    Palit GTX 590 3GB SLI for $1520
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post #21 of 31
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SLI GTX 580s will get you about 60~65fps with 8xAA and Very High settings in Crysis. I actually think Metro2033 plays a little bit better.

The GTX 580 3GB will only be better at playing 2560x1600x8/16AA and 5760x1200x4AA in many games. For everything below that, the 1.5GB will be fine (GTX 580 or the GTX 590 in other words.)

Most people think, oh hey, I have 3GB of VRAM, I can play all games max resolution and max settings and get 60 FPS. This is not the case. Most titles are between 20-35fps at that resolution.

You will need 2 or more GPUs regardless of how much VRAM you have to push those FPS out of the gutter on max settings + Ultra high resolutions or multi-monitors.

The GTX 590 SLI performance is about on par with a TriSLI GTX 580s. Maybe improve a bit with drivers, however I believe they are the perfect 2 card setups. Like having a slower quad core vs. a nicely clocked dual core. It will cost you a lot though for this setup.

A GTX 590 right off the bat will do much better than a single GTX 580, but not quite as fast as a GTX 580 in SLI. A second GTX 590 later on will help get those FPS much much higher.

Currently I can get 75 fps with max settings in Crysis 1920x1080x8AA, and Average about 85 in Metro2033 on its Max Settings also using Advanced Physx on the Frontline benchmark.

Also to add, a single GTX 580 is certainly not over kill for 1920x1080 and can struggle to reach 60 fps on quite a few games on max settings, which is very sub-par especially for quality 120Hz monitors.
So a single 590 now will be better than a single 580, and then dual 590's will be better than dual 580's?

All at 1080p?

And yes, I do want to push the most FPS on a single monitor, that is why im considering this setup
post #22 of 31
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So a single 590 now will be better than a single 580, and then dual 590's will be better than dual 580's?

All at 1080p?

And yes, I do want to push the most FPS on a single monitor, that is why im considering this setup
Yes, that is 100% correct.

Just a word of caution though. Even on water, don't expect these things to overclock a great deal. They have a pretty strict overclock protection on the cards. If you don't mind that then, these (for your situation) are the better of the two choices.

Don't take just my word for it though, come over to the GTX 590 Owner's Club and get a feel for it how good/bad they are

I game only at 2 resolutions, 5760x1080 and 1920x1080, depending on how well the game plays.
Edited by RagingCain - 4/19/11 at 8:01pm
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My vote is for SLi GTX 580's.
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post #24 of 31
EVGA is supposedly coming out with 3gb 580's very soon so i would hold off for them imo
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post #25 of 31
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Yes, that is 100% correct.

Just a word of caution though. Even on water, don't expect these things to overclock a great deal. They have a pretty strict overclock protection on the cards. If you don't mind that then, these (for your situation) are the better of the two choices.

Don't take just my word for it though, come over to the GTX 590 Owner's Club and get a feel for it how good/bad they are
I know what im about to say is blasphemy on OCN, but... I don't plan on overclocking my GPU's anyway, so that fine.

I just want to experience the best visuals possible!!! Will there be a huge bottleneck if I get a singe 590 now with my current CPU? It was mentioned earlier in the thread, but what sort of FPS hit would it take?
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EVGA is supposedly coming out with 3gb 580's very soon so i would hold off for them imo
I cant Get EVGA cards as cheap as I can get these ones unfortunately , they would be my Dream Cards though!! so sexy looking!
post #27 of 31
580 3gb....but I'm biased, and for surround, I wouldn't consider anything less
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I know what im about to say is blasphemy on OCN, but... I don't plan on overclocking my GPU's anyway, so that fine.

I just want to experience the best visuals possible!!! Will there be a huge bottleneck if I get a singe 590 now with my current CPU? It was mentioned earlier in the thread, but what sort of FPS hit would it take?
There will be a marginal CPU bottleneck, not just architecture but speed wise depending on how fast it will be. Try not to worry about it though if you ARE going to upgrade. If you are NOT upgrading, then if I am able to get 200 fps, you might be stuck at a solid 160 fps. Thats the type of bottleneck you will see, maybe on games that use multiple cores for heavy calculations will see a bit of hit vs. an i7 with HyperThreading on, you just have to expect or accept those things.

A CPU in the 3.7~4.0 GHz is ideal for most SLI setups, but I am sure the same can be said for the GTX 590.
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580 3gb....but I'm biased, and for surround, I wouldn't consider anything less
You have a great setup, how do they perform with games like Crysis and Metro?
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There will be a marginal CPU bottleneck, not just architecture but speed wise depending on how fast it will be. Try not to worry about it though if you ARE going to upgrade. If you are NOT upgrading, then if I am able to get 200 fps, you might be stuck at a solid 160 fps. Thats the type of bottleneck you will see, maybe on games that use multiple cores for heavy calculations will see a bit of hit vs. an i7 with HyperThreading on, you just have to expect or accept those things.

A CPU in the 3.7~4.0 GHz is ideal for most SLI setups, but I am sure the same can be said for the GTX 590.
Well im aiming at an i72600 for now, and ill see what IB brings to the table. Man 160FPS I would be happy with!! haha
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