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GTX 560 ti, GTX 580 or wait for keplar?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 19, 2011 12:47:39 AM

Hello Tom

So I've saved some money to build a nice upgrade from my current rig:
8800 GTS
8 GB DD32
P5Q Pro

upgrade to:
8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3
p8p67 pro
GTX 560 ti, GTX 580 or keplar

Was wondering what you guys thought of my video card situation, I mean even if I don't buy a keplar wouldn't the price for the GTX 580 drop enough to make it worth waiting? I am not tight for money but I do not want to waste $200-300 for nothing. Also what do you guys think of the P8P67 pro?

PS: Anyone have experience with EVGA Step up program?

October 19, 2011 1:32:26 AM

580 prices will not drop if at all when the new series comes out, real price drops will take 4-6 months as they did with the 470 and 480 when the 570/580 came out.
October 19, 2011 2:01:18 AM

by the time gtx580 drops, it will already by on phase out stage. new and better video cards will start to show up and i think the PCIe 3.0 will come out. Not to mention, Ivy Bridge by 2012.

about the p8p57 pro, although it supports up to 32gb ram, it can only hold 4 x DIMM.

p.s i think your cpu can still handle most games. Just a suggestion, get a gtx 560ti for now and save up till the next generation card and cpu.
October 19, 2011 4:08:37 AM

I just went from a E6600, 6GB ram, 280gtx, 975x, intel x25
upgraded to:
2600k, 16GB ram, z68, and stayed with the gtx 280 and the ssd

I upgraded because I noticed my CPU was seriously bottle necking my GPU in my favorite game Starcraft 2. Also I noticed when I played games like Devil May Cry 4,
Most if not all my games increased over 25%-50% in frame rate. But if you are looking for the best bang for the buck now, then the 2500k would be a great alternative. I will say that my overclocked 2600k will be on par with the Ivy Bridge ~$300 equivalent for the Ivy Bridge cannot be O/C'd by much.

The GPU on the other hand I say you should probably go for a gtx 460. the performances difference between the 460 to the 560, 560ti, even the 570 are marginal compared to the jump that you will see coming from a 8800gts.

P.S. I had a 8800gtx ultra before my 280.