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EVGA GTX 580 vs Sapphire HD 7850

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December 3, 2012 4:58:47 PM

Hi Good People of Tom's hardware,

I was able to find a good trading deal on this one. I currently have the Sapphire HD 7850 2Gb graphics card and it works great. Im using it in conjunction with an Intel core i5 3570K. Now I came across a fellow enthusiast who happens to be selling or trading his EVGA GTX 580 1.5 Gb...

Now I am asking for your honest opinion on this, is it worth trading for? Mainly I use the PC for high end gaming and 3d rendering.

Pointing out pros and cons would definitely help me decide.
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December 3, 2012 5:59:16 PM

Go ahead and trade, GTX 580 is wayyyyyyyyy better than HD 7850, are you sure it's fair trade? :) 
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December 3, 2012 6:14:04 PM

The GTX 580 is slightly faster but it also uses more power and only has 1.5 gb of vram, which won't be an issue in most games but will in a few.
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December 3, 2012 6:16:35 PM

Maybe this will help you decide: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=517

The 580 outperforms the 7850 but runs hotter and uses more power. The only real detriment is that the 580 can only output to 2 monitors at once while the 7850 can do three (or some versions can do more than three). Other than that the 580 wins.
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December 3, 2012 9:50:32 PM

Derza10 said:
The GTX 580 is slightly faster but it also uses more power and only has 1.5 gb of vram, which won't be an issue in most games but will in a few.


I am planning to run multi-monitor set-up though, I believe the 2 gb on 7850 will be helpful. Im also using NXZT Hale82 750Watts, will this be enough?
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December 3, 2012 9:56:05 PM

Anonymous said:
Go ahead and trade, GTX 580 is wayyyyyyyyy better than HD 7850, are you sure it's fair trade? :) 


Yup it is fair. I know the guy Im trading with so rest assured it's still in good shape with slight oc, I would have to add cash of course; but it's not that much. ;) 
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December 3, 2012 9:56:40 PM

fritzjim_03 said:
So running 2 7850's will be better than a single 580 card?

2 HD 7850 = HD 7970
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December 3, 2012 10:03:59 PM

fritzjim_03 said:
I am planning to run multi-monitor set-up though, I believe the 2 gb on 7850 will be helpful.

If you are only comparing the two then 2 x 7850s in CF on a multi-monitor setup would be much better than a 580. The 580 won't support more than two displays at once anyway. So if you're going multi-monitor at least stick with the 7850. If you are serious about it, you should consider selling the 7850 and going with a 7970 3gb and adding another when you can afford it. The 7970 is better suited overall for multi-monitor setups. But to get back to your comparison - 2 x 7850s is much better than one GTX 580.
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December 3, 2012 10:46:36 PM

Yes . Im still with my first post. Keep that 7850 or maybe sell it :p  and get 7970.

Or if not CF them.
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December 4, 2012 10:37:50 PM

Best answer selected by fritzjim_03.
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