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July 10, 2012 1:19:34 PM



Hello ive just bought a ASUS DirectCU II GeForce GTX 580 (1536 MB) gfx card for 240 uk pound brand new i was just wondering if that is a good price for one ??


Also ive tested the card out and have really like the card and thinking about buying another one and running them in sli / crossfire but ive been told it would make my games overkill. Would that slow my games down ??

My temps are at 30ghz at ideal and 50c in game on full load the one card i have now which i think is great and that is why id like to buy another one then maybe next year buy another so would end up with 3. If i had 2 or 3 of them in my computer would i be safe for a few years upgrade wise ??

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July 10, 2012 1:21:43 PM

Before you think about SLI:

What is your CPU?
What is your power supply?
What monitor/resolution do you game at?
What games do you play?
July 10, 2012 1:31:43 PM

i have a amd fx 8120 8 core cpu.

im gonna buy a new power supply with the second card because my power supply at the moment amps are 2 low to run 2 cards.

I play at 1920x1440

And at the moment im playing bf3 on ultra with one card and some times i play skyrim but has you now there are new games otu all the time... so wanna try and be future prove if you get what i mean.
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July 10, 2012 2:50:38 PM

Get a 1000w Corsair PSU, and you will be golden.

If you play at 1990x1440, youl get a helpfull fps boost from another 580.

2 580's will play all the top games that will come out in 2013 (< My guess)

2 580's are about as good as a 680 which is the cream of the crop.

An xfx will handle 580 SLI.
July 10, 2012 3:06:10 PM

Do you know any power supply that could handle 3 gtx 580 ?? And im guessing a 680 is more than double a 580 ?

July 10, 2012 3:07:24 PM

I mean 2 not 3 gtx 580 seen has my case can not have 3..
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:22:56 PM

A 680 is about 15% better than 2 580's.

And any corsair/coolermaster 1000w or 1200w ill be perfect for 580 sli,

awkwardly a 660w can run a 680 because the Kepler is energy efficient.
a c 148 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:25:59 PM

1200w should be able to handle 3 GTX580 just fine. for 2 800w-850w should be suffice. btw you're going to need wicked fast cpu to keep up with 3 GTX580. 2 GTX580 should be faster than a single 680. for your resolution 1 GTX580 should do just fine for current games
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:27:50 PM

If you want to "future proof" your system, 2 gtx 580's will last a good 3+ years.

Assuming you have to have everything on Ultra ;P
a c 148 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:39:13 PM

honestly its hard to dictate how 'future proof' your configurations are since we did not know what kind of raw performance do we need for any upcoming games. but i think it is suffice to say with such setup you can have good or great performance in majority of the games that will come out in 2 or 3 years later.
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:41:13 PM

^Yes.

a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:46:54 PM

If you can afford and have the means for dual 580s then go for it!

Keep in mind some games will play differently. Meaning some games will favour sli and some that are not 100% supported might give undesired performance such as sluggish and/or micro stuttering. Depending on how well supported the game is and of course the level of driver support from Nvidia, you'll still have the option to single or dual in Nvidia control panel at anytime.

Nvidia have done exceptionally well with their drivers and have improved a lot on their architecture Fermi which the 500 series is based on.

About this myth overkill... it’s all bloody nonsense. Once upon a time playing an ancient dos game with a decade advanced cpu would make the game play at 300mph...Now overkill would make sense here ^_^. But presently, games are different, that doesn’t happen anymore and like I said, if you can afford and have the means, then why not. People here at toms, when they say overkill, they mean (with best intentions) saving money usually for advice on best value.
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 4:00:45 PM

Get 2x gtx670. It is better than 2x gtx580 and also cost less.
July 10, 2012 10:53:29 PM

Unless you have a big overclock on your CPU, it's going to bottleneck you if you get a second 580. I don't really recommend it.

However, if you can get a second 580 around the $240 pound mark then it's not a bad deal and may be worth doing.
a c 678 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 11:51:52 PM

Make sure your motherboard supports SLI.
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 7:06:47 AM

BigMack70 said:
Unless you have a big overclock on your CPU, it's going to bottleneck you if you get a second 580. I don't really recommend it.

However, if you can get a second 580 around the $240 pound mark then it's not a bad deal and may be worth doing.


Agreed.

With a fx 8120 cpu, any gfx more than gtx560ti will perform equal to gtx560ti or less. You need a intel cpu for that high end gfx. An i5-3570k is the option.
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