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560Ti SLI vs 580

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March 11, 2011 9:49:11 PM

Which one is better (future-proof taken into consideration) and also which brand should I get it from (Asus, MSI....etc)? Thnx. I will be overclocking the cards to as high as they can go.

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March 11, 2011 10:03:04 PM

ziyuanqu said:
Which one is better (future-proof taken into consideration) and also which brand should I get it from (Asus, MSI....etc)? Thnx. I will be overclocking the cards to as high as they can go.


Well from what i read on forums that the GTX 580 is dropping in price to $399.99 in a couple weeks or so, that being said the GTX 560 or GTX 570 might drop in price also. Hopefully the GTX 570 will drop to $250 lol..crossfingers!...Anyways just wait a couple weeks see if price drops.
March 11, 2011 10:34:26 PM

A tough decision... I recently also had to make. In some ways the head says SLI 560 is a smart decision while the heart desires the power of the 580! I went the gtx 580. From a future proofing perspective a second gtx 580 18months+ down the track puts you back in the game with a formidable setup... with 2x560's you're (sort of) locked in. If you can wait, I'd definitely see what happens to the prices over the next month, with the gtx590 on the horizon... Brand-wise my research pointed to EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte. Go for best warranty.

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March 12, 2011 1:13:20 AM

For future-proofing, the GTX 580 will offer the option of SLI with another card down the road. With the dual GTX 560's, you won't have an upgrade option like that.

If you go for the GTX 580, keep your eyes open for the MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr or the Gigabyte GTX 580 SOC or the Sparkle Calibre.
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March 12, 2011 1:20:24 AM

2 GTX 580's in SLI imo should be able to max out most games within the next 2 years.
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March 12, 2011 2:59:43 AM

I guess the other point to make is that the GTX 560 in SLI is actually about 10% faster than a single GTX 580 for the same price.
March 12, 2011 11:02:48 AM

2 GTX 560 are much faster, but 580 is more future-proof
April 6, 2011 5:49:05 PM

Problem is that I only have a 750W PSU...... so i dont think 580 SLI would be viable... in fact is 570 SLI or 6970 Xfire viable? coz then i might go down that route
April 6, 2011 6:00:06 PM

Two GTX560(s) will give 10% better performance than a single 580 but the 580(s) are expected to drop in price soon so then perhaps the 580 will be a more cost-worthy option.
April 7, 2011 5:59:42 PM

for a 580, would 1.5Gb be sufficient to max out all games on 1080p? because i was considering either the MSi lightning 1.5GB or the Phantom 3GB or Asus DirectCU II 1.5GB (I am in Britain so dont think i will get any price drops)
April 15, 2011 4:49:43 PM

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Yes that is true but that's theoretical.
Lets say you have a 1080p 120mhz LCD.
both are going to spit out frames just under the refresh rate. You can only get 60 or 120fps max at any resolution. So that 10 percent becomes even.
Now lets look when you up the resolution or quality. 1 setup is going to hit a wall with 1gb ram the other is not with its 1.5gb ram.
Then we still have to look at the sli issues you get sometimes. 1 580 max out everything you got space for another down the line when it can't perform anymore.
So you can't say one setup outperform the other we are in the day of the LCD we have to play with vsync on. So you won't get higher than 120fps.


i was having the same conflict but dadiggle have a very good point for the gtx 580 that i wasn't see but now i will get the gtx 580 or even the gtx 570 will be good
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April 15, 2011 9:31:09 PM

There is no such thing as 'future proof' as by the time you will need another 580 the 560 SLi set and the 580 will both have been superseded by something better.
April 15, 2011 9:43:56 PM

if you want something futureproof get 2gb 6950 in crossfire, the best you can do is futureproof yourself with VRAM and 2x awesome GPUS.

these can be unlocked to 6970s if youre into that http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

244.99 after rebate, BEST BANG FOR BUCK IN THE HIGHER END GPU PERFORMANCE CLASS.
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April 15, 2011 9:50:41 PM

Personally I'd get 560 SLI and OC them.

That'll last just fine for at least a couple years at max/high settings 1080p... longer maybe.
April 15, 2011 10:13:16 PM

wolfram23 said:
Personally I'd get 560 SLI and OC them.

That'll last just fine for at least a couple years at max/high settings 1080p... longer maybe.


you really think 1gb of vram will be great in a few years? i think NO. no offence mate.
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April 15, 2011 10:27:45 PM

Derbixrace said:
you really think 1gb of vram will be great in a few years? i think NO. no offence mate.

That was said of 512MB a few years back but my 8800GT's are still capable of doing the business at 1080 today.
April 15, 2011 10:41:12 PM

dont forget the cards cant do DX11.
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April 16, 2011 8:54:16 AM

Derbixrace said:
dont forget the cards cant do DX11.

Oh really?? I never knew that! :sarcastic:  Not that DX11 matters with at least three of the last games I've been playing namely MoH: Tier One, CoD: Black Ops and of course Crysis 2. :pfff: 
April 16, 2011 2:44:09 PM

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Two GTX560(s) will give 10% better performance than a single 580 but the 580(s) are expected to drop in price soon so then perhaps the 580 will be a more cost-worthy option.

Probably more than 10%... a lot more...

OP: if i were you i'd get 6950CF, unlock them and OC = 580 SLI for 450$ and probably will work on your PSU... 580 will max out any game on 1080p at least for 2 years...

Btw, OP, what're your system specs?
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April 16, 2011 4:21:27 PM

Derbixrace said:
you really think 1gb of vram will be great in a few years? i think NO. no offence mate.


Yes I do, so long as we keep getting held back by consoles. Fact is 1gb is either going to be more than enough by a fair bit, or significantly too little - by this I mean, for example, look at Metro 2033. I can enable all settings maxed out (Very High, 16xAF, DX11, tesselation...) with my 1gb 5850s, however, the limit comes when I have all that and then enable both 4xMSAA and Depth of Field. Both are mem hogs and the requirement for both goes up to around 1.5gb, but with one or the other only, it runs just fine.

Games just aren't getting that much more demanding, and even if they do, it's a simple matter of turning down 1 setting. Now, perhaps that's not acceptable for some people but let's be honest, it's not a big deal.

If you look at the 6950 1gb vs 2gb, even at 2560x1600 the performance is the same.



http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/powercol...

And finally, just FYI, if you really want 2gb, there is a 2gb 560 Ti available.
http://www.palit.biz/main/vgapro.php?id=1486
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