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Zotac gtx580 3gb ...good/bad worth it 3gb?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 19, 2011 3:15:33 PM

Hi folks... I have a question for you experts.

I bought a Zotac GTX 580 3gb ddr5 (50103) at Frys for about $484 plus about $525 out the door. I saw it was discounted and just went ahead and bought one. Not sure if I need this 3gb version for my rig and wondering if the cost of this card is worth it over maybe a 1.5 gb version or even the gtx 570. Will be my home multitasking machine. Playing bf3 on 24'' monitor and want highest settings. Can i do this on a gtx 570 for a couple hundred less? Or even regular gtx 580? What performance gain is there for 3gb model?


My Rig
i5 2500k
msi z68-gd65
corsair ddr3 16gb mem
crucial m4 120 gb hd
corsair ax750w gold psu

Plain 24in older dell monitor- plan to upgrade to nicer 24' monitor or 27'
December 19, 2011 3:51:24 PM

I am also thinking the new amd cards to be out anytime now so it might be dumb to pay top dollar for this card.
I see that the 580 3gb vs 1.5 gb is not much different. But i paid $484+tax, which is about regular 1.5gb pricing right now. So it looks like that is ok I guess.
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December 19, 2011 3:52:11 PM

i recommend you to get 3gb it's much better than 1.5gb version now games are requiring higher vRAMs.
a c 181 U Graphics card
December 20, 2011 12:17:55 AM

Even though the new games requiring higher Vram is just about to reach 1GB so unless you are going to use resolutions over 1920 x 1200 then the 3GB of Vram would be needed. If not high resolution then it is a waste of money. I wish you good luck
a c 88 U Graphics card
December 20, 2011 12:31:18 AM

For that price i think you did great , 3 GB of vram will come handy in the future as some games already like BF3/Metro maxed out use around 1.5 vram at high res.
If you already have the card keep it , especially if you got it for the same price as a 1.5Gb. The 580 is an excellent card , keep it and enjoy!