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Which GTX 580 to Purchase?

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June 30, 2011 6:55:49 AM

Okay soo after hours of looking through which video card to purchase, I'm going to purchase a GTX 580. I currently have:


Radeon HD 5770 OC to 915/1350
quad core q9550 oc'ed to 3.52 ghz
Rosewill 1000W power supply 80 bronze
8 gigs of corsair ram at DDR2 5-5-5-15


Looking through newegg, there's at LEAST 10 different GTX 580's... The obvious choice would be going for a higher core clock frequency and shader. BUT im confused in choosing between these two cards

EVGA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The EVGA has lower core clock than the MSI but is more expensive. The only difference that I guess I see is the 3072MB 384-bit GDDR for the EVGA and 1536MB 384-bit MSI. I tried looking for charts, (I could have missed them, since its 2 in the morning and I have a physics exam that I should be studying for but this is all I can think of) but I cant find any.

So final question is: Which one to get?

Thanks a lot!

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June 30, 2011 7:31:36 AM

What resolutions are you going to be playing at? If you're playing at 1920*1080 and below, the extra vram in the evga card is going to waste; you should certainly go for the MSI. If you intend to game at higher resolutions the EVGA card has its appeal, but the none-the-less it lacks raw power, and the GTX 580 is capable of nicely maxing games at 1920*1080, but will run into issues when you step the resolution up for some games. (Well, if you consider uber sampling part of maxing the witcher 2 you can't even do that at 1920*1080 >.>).

On the same note, I'd personally take a stock clock graphics card from a reputable manufacturer, and then overclock it myself...
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June 30, 2011 3:00:20 PM

id go with the msi card if you are running it at 1920x1080 or less. the msi cooler is the best on the market right now
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June 30, 2011 4:18:27 PM

Thanks for all the input guys :) 

hahaha dragonic ya I was looking at those and its as much as buying a new pc.... I don't want to dish out that much when I was thinking of taking apart the MSI or EVGA and applying arctic cooler paste.

As of now Im running 1680x1050 with 1280x1024 dual monitored.
OH and I DONT have two pci e 16 2.0 slots so I cant sli/crossfire ever..... Unless I decide to upgrade later which might be some time down the road; or if i can win a giveaway....

For the MSI its oc'ed from factory, so if I wanted to OC it further, would it be better since it came with the extra core clock boost? Or can I expect same tweakage from EVGA?
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June 30, 2011 5:07:49 PM

That is subjective. Not always you can overclock more the already overclocked card. It depends on the design of the card and it's components.

Here's a thought. Higher resolutions need more memory. If you think of upgrading to a 25xx x 16xx monitor in the future a 3Gb card will give you some advantages.

Also it might give you an advantage with a dual monitor setup.

For that, someone with more experience in multiple monitor gaming might give you a better advice. If you use the first one for games and the second one for something else then the 1.5Gb msi is good.
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June 30, 2011 5:39:16 PM

O, and make sure your PSU is at least 600w, more if it's an OCed card or if you're planning to OC.

Ah, if only I had $700 to spare I'd grab the EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2. Free shipping too.
So sleek looking, just gorgeous... *sigh*

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June 30, 2011 7:22:54 PM

Thanks ionut. I'll keep that in mind.
Dragonic my PSU is 1000W so I'm good to go. Haha and you and I both wish we had 700 to dish out.

I think im leaning more towards the MSI. :D 
Thanks for all the help guys!
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July 19, 2011 2:01:47 AM

Hahaha I know this is an old thread but just so I could let you guys know which GTX I purchased, due to all the info I had from you guys.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was eyeing this one for a while but it was outta stock. And the day I was going to be a ASUS gtx 580 this came in stock lol. And then it went out of stock in 4 days! Now its restocked!

Oh I got a samsung 27 inch led backlight monitor too :) 

I'm soo excited :) 

Once again thanks a lot for everything :) 
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July 19, 2011 2:05:15 AM

I like the twin frozr III better.
Aesthetically the one your purchase stinks but it should deliver great performance.
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July 19, 2011 2:30:12 AM

ghnader hsmithot said:
I like the twin frozr III better.
Aesthetically the one your purchase stinks but it should deliver great performance.


Lol but it soo cool! It's blue and the fans turn white when it starts getting hot! I think aesthetically they look very nice.
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July 19, 2011 2:34:37 AM

and11590 said:
Lol but it soo cool! It's blue and the fans turn white when it starts getting hot! I think aesthetically they look very nice.

Ok,
its personal taste.
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July 19, 2011 3:01:25 AM

ghnader hsmithot said:
I like the twin frozr III better.
Aesthetically the one your purchase stinks but it should deliver great performance.

That actually is the Twin Frozr III cooler on the Extreme model. It comes with a dust removal system where it runs in reverse at start up to blow the dust back out. The only question is how fast can you push the overclock? There is only one reason to get the Lightning Extreme, and that is to overclock the beejeezus out of it.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-580-light...

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July 19, 2011 3:38:18 AM

and11590 said:
haha I was about to say but I was scared cause his profile pic says say that I'm wrong so I can correct you lol. But ya I was reading OC clocks online too and:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4123/msi_gtx_580_light...

Tweaktown got theirs really high up also which is pretty sick.

The really impressive thing about that Tweaktown review is the minimum fps the card turns out when overclocked. It is winning almost all the minimum fps battles, and by quite a bit, due to the extra memory and higher clock speeds.

Enjoy that Samsung 27 inch monitor!
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July 19, 2011 4:04:11 AM

Thanks man appreciate it!
But ya I didn't even notice the min fps, I was too busy looking at all the maxes. Dude if I could crossfire this bad boy it be insane....
:pt1cable: 
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July 19, 2011 4:29:54 AM

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July 19, 2011 12:51:51 PM

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