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NVidia GeForce GTX 570 vs NVidia GeForce GTX 580

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October 8, 2011 7:05:49 AM

Ok.
I am looking to buy a new graphics card to be able to play games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2.
I am torn between either the GTX 570 or GTX 580.
I know that the 580 is a better price, but how much better is it?
is the difference in quality of card worth the extra $130 or is it better to settle for less of a good card but with less of a price?
By the way, after this upgrade I don't want to have to worry about upgrading for a long time to be able to keep up with the latest games.
Also, I have a power supply of 550W. would I need to upgrade my power supply no matter what I choose or can I keep it if I opt for the 570?
October 8, 2011 7:48:51 AM

If you are planning to play BF3 on full hd resolution, maxed out settings, then you surely need a GTX580. But PSU of 550watt would be a little less for that.
By the way, what resolution are you planning to play those games?
I guess you can keep the PSU for GTX570, but not for GT580 though..!
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October 8, 2011 8:50:18 AM

Chirag Borawake said:
If you are planning to play BF3 on full hd resolution, maxed out settings, then you surely need a GTX580. But PSU of 550watt would be a little less for that.
By the way, what resolution are you planning to play those games?
I guess you can keep the PSU for GTX570, but not for GT580 though..!


1600x900.
And yes I would like to play on maxed out settings.
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October 8, 2011 8:52:12 AM

of course you can with both card
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October 8, 2011 11:24:23 AM

From the looks of that handy website there isn't that great a difference between the two. So, all in all, would it be best to save money and get the lesser- but not by much- card, or to just spend the money and get a great card?
BTW-
Are you saying i could play BF3 on full on either card? And if i were to get the GTX 570 would i still need to upgrade my PSU?
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October 8, 2011 11:32:40 AM

At that resolution, you can play every game on maxed out settings with GTX 570.
There's no point in going for GTX 580, because you wont really need it.
Currently I have GTX 460, and I'm playing every game on maxed out settings on 1920 X 1080. And if you go for GTX 580, you'll have to change your PSU too.
So go for GTX 570 instead. It'll be a good deal, and do the trick for sure..!!
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October 8, 2011 11:40:44 AM

first of all you will need a powerfull psu and then the gtx580 is better for you
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October 8, 2011 12:00:04 PM

If your PSU is from a reputable brand such as Antec, seasonic, etc. Then you will be fine with a gtx580. If it's a sort of el cheapo 550W then probably not.

The fact is that with a gtx580 the power usage will never go above 500W and I challenge anybody to provide opposing evidence. If it's a good 550W PSU then it's fine. A good way to determine this is to find out whether it is 80PLUS certified. 80PLUS means the PSU will have above 80% efficiency within its rated wattage.
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October 8, 2011 12:33:20 PM

GTX 580 would be overkill for that resolution, get the 570 and save some cash and not having to upgrade your PSU
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October 10, 2011 1:39:11 AM

Thanks all for the advice ;) 
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October 10, 2011 10:37:55 AM

thank's to you also
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October 11, 2011 7:16:55 PM

Not to tell these people they are idiots but there is no way a 550w PSU is going to be sufficient for either card. Bot cards pull in the high 400's under load, though those numbers could be a bit higher as there has been debate over the 500 series reporting inaccurately in furmark for power consumption. Now I have to assume you have at least a 65w processor, maybe even a 125w. Even assuming 65w though you are still well over the 90% mark for the for only GPU and CPU with the 570 which is never a good way to run your power. Few hard drives and a large multi-fan setup and you got your computer likely cutting during gaming and definite over-taxing of your PSU. And we've not even mentioned RAM and board power consumption, which, while not much, does add up. For either card I would not recommend less than a 750w PSU, which you can get now or wait until you burn out that 550w and purchase then.
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October 11, 2011 7:52:37 PM

I run a GTX 580 with and Intel Core i7 2600k.
I currently use a 1Kw PSU.
but on my battery backup the power draw never seems to break 450-500w playing a game like Crysis 2 on ultra settings.
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October 11, 2011 8:06:02 PM

GTX 560 / HD 6870 should do high settings (BF3) 1600x900 right? So maybe go for one of these and SLI/Crossfire in future - you would still need to address the PSU when getting 2nd card for SLI/Crossfire

the HD 6870 needs 450/500 watts minimum I think - whilst the GTX 460/560 require a bit more - maybe someone can confirm these?

chaz
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October 17, 2011 9:06:03 AM

Would I be able to get by off a 750W PSU for the GTX580 or would 1KW be required?
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October 17, 2011 11:33:01 AM

tedias0103 said:
Would I be able to get by off a 750W PSU for the GTX580 or would 1KW be required?

A 750w PSU is more than enough for a GTX580, don't take any notice of the poster that said the cards pull 400w. The GTX580 at default clockspeeds should draw about 245w.
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October 18, 2011 8:07:34 AM

So i could keep my current PSU? Or should i play safe and upgrade PSU anyway?
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October 18, 2011 8:25:07 AM

buy GTX 580+1
my friend tested @ BF3 beta,GTX 580 SOC FPS avg.50-80 FPS with no vsync~
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October 19, 2011 12:41:22 AM

Hey this is from Nvidia's website "Minimum of a 600 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 42 Amps.)"
its not just the watts its the "amps" these things draw!
Your lucky if you get 20 amps from a 550 PS I would recommend doing some research
I wouldnt run anything less than a 750 watt PS with 50 amps FYI
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October 26, 2011 7:06:17 AM

Kajun said:
Hey this is from Nvidia's website "Minimum of a 600 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 42 Amps.)"
its not just the watts its the "amps" these things draw!
Your lucky if you get 20 amps from a 550 PS I would recommend doing some research
I wouldnt run anything less than a 750 watt PS with 50 amps FYI


True, and i have done research and found that site.
I just wanted to know how true that is and get info from personal experiences of you guys. :) 
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November 5, 2011 12:42:37 AM

Best answer selected by tedias0103.
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November 5, 2011 3:48:07 AM

Gtx 580 got a current limiter. So it will run but not as fast
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