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.
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.
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.