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General Consensus ? - 590 vs 580 SLI

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June 19, 2011 8:11:57 PM

I know this has been covered in other threads and I've spent some time reading them. Unfortunately Im no clearer on what I should purchase. Im looking for top performance, ultra graphics settings, without drag, and a little bit of future proofing. I want to be able to play TOR and diablo, BF3 when they release at high settings if not ultra. I have the rest of my system picked out.

What is the general consensus from users? a single 590 seem to be more powerful than 580 in SLI, I've read that some games don't make good use of SLI and others do, I've also read that the 590 has some issues with heat and performance, and that 580 in sli will be overkill. Budget isn't a concern for me on my gpu


Currently my display is 1920x1200 on a 24inch screen, I need to get a new monitor, should I be looking at something smaller 21 or 23 inch for better graphics performance at high settings?

many thanks for your input.
a c 620 U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 8:48:35 PM

As a GTX 580 owner, I can say that at your resolution, those will be overkill.

With that said, in answer to your question, the dual GTX 580's will be faster and cooler, but maybe a bit louder. They will definitely be about $200-$300 more expensive than a single GTX 590.

Stability-wise in terms of drivers and SLI compatibility, both should be similar in that regard. Nvidia has implemented a new automatic SLI profile updater in their drivers so that you are always up to date with the latest.

I recommend a single GTX 580, then upgrade to SLI later if you need it. Make sure your motherboard supports SLI!
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a c 214 U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 8:51:51 PM

What are your system specs?

You should be fine with just a single GTX580.Diablo III is and a GTX580 will be way overkill,I doubt it will be as demanding as SCII.The way I look at BF3 is to compare it to BFBC2,it will roughly use the same requirements but a little more of GPU side with their new engine.But then again EA might do the same thing they did with Crysis 2,they took it to a console port so they have to downgrade everything thus making it much less demanding.

If you look at the benchmarks fomr BFBC2 with GTX580 @ 1920x1200 it's averaging about 80FPS,but that with the campaign.Online play seems to tax the GPU a lot more.From looking at the benchmark I would of thought the GTX580 to do better.Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to double up for a GTX580 SLI.Lots of futuringproofing with that.Should last you a couple years.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4008/nvidias-geforce-gtx-...
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a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 8:59:36 PM

1. gtx 590 relies on sli, because it has two gpus on one card.

2. two gtx 580`s in sli are more powerful but also more expensive than a single gtx 590 ( $1000 vs $750)

3. the size of your monitor is not what determines how demanding it is, but rather the resolution. For a single 1920x1200 monitor a gtx 590 or dual 580s would be pretty much overkill for any of today`s games (cant comment on bf3). believe me you will be more than satisfied with a single gtx 580. If you really want something more and budget isnt an issue, make sure you complement it with something like a 2560x1600 screen.
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a c 620 U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 9:57:22 PM

lieutenantfrost said:
Many thanks for the well informed responses. Think I will go with the single 580 based on what you've said. Perhaps someone could explain to me what the real world difference is between

1.) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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2.) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That's kind of funny. The second card is obviously way overpriced, like they just haven't reviewed their stock lately. It's actually slower at 772 mhz than the first one at 797 mhz, yet costs $100 more.

Get the first one, it has a little overclock on it, which may also mean higher quality chips were used, and it has a lifetime warranty. $460 after rebate is a good price.
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June 19, 2011 10:09:49 PM

many thanks matto! much appriceated
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a b U Graphics card
June 20, 2011 1:51:14 AM

lieutenantfrost said:
Many thanks for the well informed responses. Think I will go with the single 580 based on what you've said. Perhaps someone could explain to me what the real world difference is between

1.) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

and

2.) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



it is easy to overlook, but the first one only has 1.5 GB of video memory, while the second one has 3 GB. Having said that, the extra 1.5 GB wont make a signficant difference if you are only running one monitor.
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