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Is it worth upgrading to a EVGA GTX 580 from a HD Radeon 6870 2 gig?

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May 14, 2012 5:28:58 AM

is it worth the upgrade?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

to this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to be able to play skyrim at max settings. I can already do this, im just concerned about VRAM and fan noise.

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a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:34:04 AM

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For that price you can get a GTX 670 which is faster then a GTX 580... and yes that would be a worthy upgrade if you did that...


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814500242


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May 14, 2012 5:35:00 AM

My motherboard (P8P67) only permits me to use PCI 2.1 or 2.0 compliant graphics cards.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:36:15 AM

All PCI-e is backwards and forwards compatible. You can use a GTX 670 in that motherboard.
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a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:36:25 AM

Just a thought, why do you want to upgrade though? Why not wait until your 6870 cannot perform how you want it to?
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May 14, 2012 5:39:24 AM

Wait... I can use any graphics card without worrying about the PCI version? If i put a 3.0 card in, wont it get throttled? i thought i wouldnt be able to get as much out of it. Im deciding to upgrade because the fan noise of my XFX 6870 2gb is really loud... it bugs me like crazy.....
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:42:51 AM

A single GTX 670 will not be bottnecked by a PCI-e 1.0 16x, PCI-e 2.0 8x, or PCI-e 3.0 4x slot. Anything less then those it will be (e.g. PCI-e 1.0 8x or 4x, or PCI-e 2.0 4x). If you start to SLI that is a different story, that is when those slots gets saturated fast.

No it won't be throttled since you are on a PCI-e 2.0 16x slot.




If you hate fan noise get the GTX 670 Asus Direct CU II Top card, according to reviews its one of the quietest high performance cards available, the only one I've seen for sale yet is on NCIX. I'm personally waiting for the 4GB version of this card myself.



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The ASUS DC II cooler is a revelation on the GTX 670, it provides incredibly low noise levels. In both idle and load the card emits almost no noise, it is actually quieter under full load than most other cards on the market are at idle. Not only noise is low but temperatures are great, too. With only 74°C under load the card is quieter than most other GTX 670 cards tested today.

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May 14, 2012 5:43:12 AM

I'd also like to add that im running a hackintosh and the GTX 580 is natively supported.
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a b U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:47:23 AM

There could be cheaper alternatives to reducing the noise. New case, new cooler, etc.
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May 14, 2012 5:47:33 AM

Well in that case i guess ill be waiting for the 680s to come out. They are also supported for my hackintosh :)  thank you for the help
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 5:48:38 AM

syngatesfan200 said:
I'd also like to add that im running a hackintosh and the GTX 580 is natively supported.


Oh well I know nothing about doing any of that. :pt1cable: 


syngatesfan200 said:
Well in that case i guess ill be waiting for the 680s to come out. They are also supported for my hackintosh :)  thank you for the help


680 is stupid overpriced.

Maybe wait for the 670 to get supported? Or as lycros said there are ways to make your system more silent... Set a fan profile on the card, and get some nice silent case fans that will be quite and aid in airflow.
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