Hello i have been going back and forth cant decide if i want to wait for the kelper or get one of these and sli in the furture. I have an AMD 4800 series and it struggles playing BF3 on low settings. We finaly have hight speed internet in our area 10mb speed and want to get something nice.
The gtx570 2.5gb is 394 on newegg and the gtx580 classified ultra is 550 free shipping.
I could wait for the gtx680 but i read it is only going to be 2gb of vram.
Also do you think i need better ram or is the Kingston 8gb fast enought.
I can upgrade my mother board to do sli in the future to.
My system specs
CPU 650W Crossair
Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR Item #: N82E16820134792Memory Standard Return PolicyKingston Support: 1 (800) 835-6575
XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811103010
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131398
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX Item #: N82E16819103674CPU
^yep. If you feel like waiting for Kepler, do so. Otherwise the new Radeons are the kings of the hill.
What is your screen resolution? If you're not playing above 1920x1080, you don't need more than the 1.5gb.
The 7950 offers slightly better performance than a 580, while the 7970 is decently ahead of both. AMD cards are great you shouldn't worry about it. If you really want to stay with Nvidia, I strongly suggest you wait for Kepler, like kajabla said.
You could also consider the 7870 that's coming in a few days (should be March 19th if I remember correctly) which offers performance similar (slightly lower when all games are considered) to a 580, will cost ~350$ and have a 2gb of vram. Look at the 2nd graph in there (BF3, 1080p)
My logic is because of the "Samaritan" Unreal 3 tech demo (google it). When they were trying to get the demo to run in real time they actually had to use 3 (THREE) GTX 580's. The kelper can do it with one card.