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GTX 580 Worth The Extra $150?

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March 5, 2011 9:24:37 PM

Want to get a GTX 580, but it's so much more expensive than the GTX 570. Is the GTX 580 really worth it?
a c 173 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 9:26:19 PM

That extra $150 can buy a nice new SSD. Just get your self a GTX 570 and spend the rest however you will like and overclock your card to make up the difference.
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March 5, 2011 9:47:42 PM

What is a SSD?
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 9:52:04 PM

It's kind of like, "if you have to ask...." (then it's too expensive). There are two ways to look at it, the GTX 570 comes close in performance to the GTX 580, to the point that you probably will never notice the difference. OR if you are buying on credit, it's only a couple more monthly payments to go all the way and get the GTX 580!
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March 5, 2011 9:53:48 PM

Not buying credit, I have a large budget but I don't want to spend money inefficiently.

Seems like the 580 is purely for bragging rights.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 9:56:14 PM

Jus136 said:
Not buying credit, I have a large budget but I don't want to spend money inefficiently.

Seems like the 580 is purely for bragging rights.

Mostly, I agree, but if you play something like Metro 2033, you will want every last bit of performance available. If I were you, I would get a real nice GTX 570, maybe one with a factory overclock and custom heatsink to get it closer to GTX 580 performance.
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March 5, 2011 9:58:11 PM

why not wait for the 590 and 6990 to come out?
maybe the prices will go down for the 580 or your interested in getting one of the other two....
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March 5, 2011 9:58:41 PM

But will overclocking a 570 really improve it that much?

And won't I void the warranty?
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March 5, 2011 9:59:39 PM

alhanelem said:
why not wait for the 590 and 6990 to come out?
maybe the prices will go down for the 580 or your interested in getting one of the other two....


Because my previous GTX 280 died, and I need a new card now.

When is the 590 coming out? Not interested in ATI cards.
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 9:59:44 PM

ECS GeForce GTX580-1536MB = $490
Sparkle GeForce GTX560-1024MB in SLI config. = $460

Two GTX560 video cards trumps a single GTX580 and generally comes $30 cheaper.
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:01:40 PM

There will be no GTX590, he means GTX595 which will be a dual-GPU video card.

The HD6970 is comparable to nVidia's GTX580.

Overclocking anything will void its warranty.


This is a factory-overclocked GTX595 from eVGA


AMD Radeon HD6990
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March 5, 2011 10:02:21 PM

Sparkle?

My GTX 280 was made by BFG, which went out of business. I'm not looking to buy from a 3rd rate company.

And isn't single card better than SLI usually?
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:04:01 PM

Jus136 said:
But will overclocking a 570 really improve it that much?

And won't I void the warranty?

Overclocking does help quite a bit, and generally it does not void your warranty. If you get a factory overclocked model, then you don't have to worry about the warranty. Overall, the GTX 570 is a good card, and you likely won't really feel that overclocking is necessary.

BTW, the 6990 and GTX 590 will not lower the prices of any cards, since they are not competing against anything but each other.
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March 5, 2011 10:06:54 PM

I have a 1920X1600 monitor, would a GTX 570 be sufficient?
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March 5, 2011 10:07:09 PM

omnisome said:
There will be no GTX590, he means GTX595 which will be a dual-GPU video card.

The HD6970 is comparable to nVidia's GTX580.

Overclocking anything will void its warranty.


This is a factory-overclocked GTX595 from eVGA
http://i.zdnet.com/blogs/evga-nvdia-geforce-gtx-595-graphics-card.jpg

AMD Radeon HD6990
http://mydailygadget.mdg.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/amd_radeon-hd-6990-pictured1-thumb-450x341.jpg


?????
i thought the 590 WAS the dual gpu card????
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:09:12 PM

Jus136 said:
Sparkle?
My GTX 280 was made by BFG, which went out of business. I'm not looking to buy from a 3rd rate company.


I was giving you an example.


alhanelem said:
?????
i thought the 590 WAS the dual gpu card????


I can't find anything about a GTX590 on Google.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:15:23 PM

Wow, a lot of disinformation since my last post. Let's clean it up a bit:
-The dual GPU Nvidia card is a GTX 590, NOT 595
-The 6970 competes with the GTX 570 NOT 580, which stands alone as the fastest GPU.
-Overclocking might void your warranty, but unlikely due to it being so difficult to prove that the damage came from overclocking. In fact most video card manufacturers include overclocking software with their cards. Nvidia itself offers overclocking software as well.
-No one should suggest a SLI combination without first checking to see if you have a SLI capable motherboard and a power supply to support it. Its a good point, though, a pair of GTX 560's is the way to go if you are able to spend GTX 580 money, and have the motherboard and power supply to support it.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:17:53 PM

omnisome said:

I can't find anything about a GTX590 on Google.

Your Google must be working a little differently than mine.
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March 5, 2011 10:21:12 PM

17seconds said:
Your Google must be working a little differently than mine.


it takes a veteran to beat the sense into a youngster/regular
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a c 173 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:25:28 PM

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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:29:01 PM

17seconds said:
-The dual GPU Nvidia card is a GTX 590, NOT 595


That's not what I read.

17seconds said:
-The 6970 competes with the GTX 570 NOT 580, which stands alone as the fastest GPU.


Apologies, my bad.

17seconds said:
-Overclocking might void your warranty, but unlikely due to it being so difficult to prove that the damage came from overclocking. In fact most video card manufacturers include overclocking software with their cards. Nvidia itself offers overclocking software as well.


Variable point.

17seconds said:
-No one should suggest a SLI combination without first checking to see if you have a SLI capable motherboard and a power supply to support it. Its a good point, though, a pair of GTX 560's is the way to go if you are able to spend GTX 580 money, and have the motherboard and power supply to support it.


I made the assumption that the O.P. knew of these compatibility points.
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March 5, 2011 10:31:00 PM

The GTX 570 only has 1200 Mb of memory, does anyone know if that's going to be sufficient for future games?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:32:25 PM

Jus136 said:
The GTX 570 only has 1200 Mb of memory, does anyone know if that's going to be sufficient for future games?


No not unless in high ress gaming.
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March 5, 2011 10:33:21 PM

nforce4max said:
No not unless in high ress gaming.


I play at 1900X1600, is that considered high-res?
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:35:57 PM

Jus136 said:
I play at 1900X1600, is that considered high-res?


Higher than most.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:36:35 PM

It should be plenty. The 570 is nearly the best video card you can buy. I would not worry if it will be able to play any upcoming games.
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March 5, 2011 10:38:30 PM

one question, what are your system specs Jus136???
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a c 620 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:39:53 PM

That's not a common resolution.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
March 5, 2011 10:45:29 PM

Jus136 said:
I play at 1900X1600, is that considered high-res?


More than enough for most games even at that ress to be honest. Plus it is above 1gb so that you will likely get 3 years out of this before min requirements catch up memory size wise.
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March 5, 2011 10:46:07 PM

alhanelem said:
one question, what are your system specs Jus136???


I'm planning to get a Sandy Bridge 2500K, 8 gigs of RAM, GTX 570, and a motherboard when the 1155 motherboards are out.
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