Just wondering what kind of performance increase I would get, if any, by switching from a 3gb gtx580 to a gtx680, specifically for rendering in 3ds max. Im not planning on using the card for gaming very much. Im asking because I just built my PC, and thinking to RMA the graphics card, and get the 680, because now the price dropped significantly on the 580 that I just bought. Is switching cards worth the hassle?
Adding another 3gb GTX 580 will cost about $600. Since the GTX 680 is not a good compute card, I would guess that your performance would decrease in 3ds max if you were to switch. Honestly, I'm not clear if 3ds max uses the compute capabilities of the video card, but the GTX 680 is definitely a card for gaming.