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GTX 470 in SLI vs. GTX 580

Hello all,

I am currently in the process of building a new computer. I do a decent amount of gaming (mostly World of Warcraft) and work with 3D modeling programs and almost everything in Adobe CS4.

I was planning on getting 2 GTX 470 for an SLI setup, but now that the new GTX 580 is out I am wondering if I should get one of those instead. I know my system can handle up to two of the 580s, but I don't have the cash for two of them at the moment and would eventually order a second one.

So which do you guys think would be a better option? Her are the cards I was looking at:

MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video 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
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  1. if WOW is the game you play most then just get a 580, thats even overkill for WOW :)
  2. It's not the only thing, I also enjoy many RTS games and I will eventually be getting Diablo 3.
  3. Best answer
    I agree, go for the GTX580, the Superclocked version is not necessary, unless it is the same price or just a little more. The 580 is more refined and the stock cooler is as good as the Twin Frozr. Plus, you will have room to add another in future when prices are lower. All of these cards are so powerful, SLI, even for the GTX470, is not a big priority.
  4. I read that CS4 doesn't support SLI if that makes any difference.
  5. RTS games doesnt need that much GPU power, and i dont think diablo 3 will either. just get the GTX 580.
  6. just run with one card. a few rts games dont use sli.
  7. Thanks for all of the responses. I think I will go with the single 580 for now.

    Does anyone foresee any price drops for the 580 in the near future (by the end of this year)?
  8. Abysmal Specter said:
    Thanks for all of the responses. I think I will go with the single 580 for now.

    Does anyone foresee any price drops for the 580 in the near future (by the end of this year)?

    I think $500 is the target price, once everything settles down and the new cards from both Nvidia and AMD get released.
  9. So I was looking up some info on the 580 and saw something that troubles me a bit. Will I not be able to run three monitors simultaneously with one card? If not that may be a problem with only getting one.
  10. Abysmal Specter said:
    So I was looking up some info on the 580 and saw something that troubles me a bit. Will I not be able to run three monitors simultaneously with one card? If not that may be a problem with only getting one.

    You need two in SLI to be able to run multiple monitors.
  11. For your basic gaming requirements there's really no point in having 2 graphics cards, and crossfire/SLI isn't used in other applications.
  12. Phoenixlight said:
    For your basic gaming requirements there's really no point in having 2 graphics cards, and crossfire/SLI isn't used in other applications.

    Yes, but who really wants to play at the mid-range settings?
  13. Would it be worth paying $20 more for the superclocked version of the 580?
  14. Abysmal Specter said:
    Would it be worth paying $20 more for the superclocked version of the 580?

    That's an extra $20 for 20 more mhz that you can overclock to on your own. Having said that, $20 isn't much and I believe that EVGA uses higher quality components in their Superclock editions. Get the Superclock.
  15. Factory overclocks usually aren't too much and they're something you could easily accomplish at home since the chips aren't any different. For performance I remember reading that a GTX470 SLI would beat the new GTX580 since its not too much stronger than a GTX480. As far as multi-monitors the SLI wins there as well. Running games like WOW you could probably do off an 8800 so that doesn't even matter. As far as running the Adobe Creative Suite 4, its fine even on just a single GTX470.
  16. Abysmal Specter said:
    Yes, but who really wants to play at the mid-range settings?


    You're playing world of warcraft not crysis, you don't need 2 graphics cards for such a weak game, 1 graphics card will play it on the highest settings.
  17. Phoenixlight said:
    You're playing world of warcraft not crysis, you don't need 2 graphics cards for such a weak game, 1 graphics card will play it on the highest settings.

    I never said that WoW is the only thing I will be playing, just that it is what I mostly play. When I do play more demanding games I like to have the graphics cranked up to max and that is why I like having at least two graphics cards.
  18. Applications can use dual gpu's , just not all of them are coded to do so.
    found this open cl renderer benchmark at extremesystems in the gtx 580 o/c thread.
    http://www.xnormal.net/ratGPU/ ratGPU
    It uses both gtx 460's to render the benchmark, in 38 second, my cpu took 647 seconds at 100% 4 cores.
  19. In my opinion 1 GTX 470 OC will do fine for anything that you're wanting to do right now. A GTX 470 is not a weak card just because the 580 comes out. It can still cut through any and all games out right now and if a year down the road you feel the need for more power, you could always SLI then. As far as 1 card not being able to do 3 monitors, look into the EVGA UV Plus. I use it, works great. ;)
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