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November 15, 2010 5:27:12 PM

I did quite a bit of searching on the forums, and did not find the exact answerer I seek, so if anybody finds this to be a repost I apologize.

I am building a new computer on black Friday and was looking to get a GTX 580 to go with a U3011 30" 2560x1600 monitor.

My build as follows:

PSU:Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: EVGA GTX 580
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The only part of this build i have so far is the PSU because it went on sale 20% off.

Goal:
OC cpu to 4.0g and play games
The game plan is to SLI or buy a better card as needed, expected life of this system is 1-1.5 years.

Question:
Will a single GTX 580 run games at 2560x1600 resolution will all settings maxed on
world of warcraft (pretty sure this is a non-issue)
metro 2033
fallout 3 new Vegas
Civ 5

Future:
knights of the old republic
deus ex: human revolution
assassins creed

The reason I have this question is because tomshardware.com recently did a review of the 580 showing it had very playable frame rates at 2560x1600, however the buzz on the forums seems to revolve around needing SLI.
These games are just around the corner so I know only easements could be given so i don't expect anything but experienced opinion.

Note: I know a lot of people like 3-monitor setups, but I think it only looks good in FPS and not RTS or wow.

Thanks for any help!
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 5:45:15 PM

Considering the quality and (hopeful) longevity of your system, I might wait for Cayman (HD6.9k) to be released. A 6970 is looking to beat the GTX580 at the moment, and if barts is anything to go by, the scaling will be great.
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a c 624 U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 6:29:14 PM

The GTX580 will be great in that system at that resolution. On the forums, people are probably saying that, because the GTX580 is so powerful, the only reason to have two in SLI is if you are playing at high resolutions (or using a multi-monitor setup). A single GTX580 will still give good framerates at high resolution. Metro 2033 may be a possible exception, and you might need to adjust your image settings to get it playable. (Metro 2033 is also a PhysX title, so an AMD card is not recommended.)




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November 15, 2010 6:42:25 PM

Thanks for the quick reply and the pertinent information.
wow 19 FPS was not what I was expecting according to the 59 FPS average the tomshardware review stated:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-580-gf1...

Any explanation for the discrepancy?
Once again thanks for the info!

Regardless I think i'll fill my time with wow and fallout, then SLI when I plan on taking on metro.
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November 15, 2010 7:16:58 PM

Nubiatem said:
Thanks for the quick reply and the pertinent information.
wow 19 FPS was not what I was expecting according to the 59 FPS average the tomshardware review stated:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-580-gf1...

Any explanation for the discrepancy?
Once again thanks for the info!

Regardless I think i'll fill my time with wow and fallout, then SLI when I plan on taking on metro.

It looks like the TechPowerUp review used very high settings:
We tested in DirectX 11 mode with details set to "Very High". 2560 x 1600, 4x Anti-aliasing. Highest possible resolution for commonly available displays (30"). Very good looking driver graphics settings.

and Tom's Hardware used medium settings:
Medium Settings, AAA / 16x AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Built-in Benchmark, Steam version

This is actually a good indicator of what type of settings you may need to use to get Metro 2033 running at playable framerates. The demo ran very well on my system with all settings maxed out, including PhysX, at 1920x1080 resolution. The only slowdown was in an outdoor setting with heavy combat and snow falling.
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November 15, 2010 7:37:47 PM

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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 7:59:51 PM

I did notice those rather impressive graphs are missing the 4G versions of the 5970.
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November 16, 2010 5:01:32 AM

4gb doesn't make much of a difference without Eyefinity
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 16, 2010 11:06:37 AM

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