if you rock 1920x1080 and you crank everything up you may need to put a second card in your system, especially with insanely demanding games or newer ones. I have to rock 2 of those cards to max out metro 2033, i just bought my first 7970 ghz edition and will be getting a second as my upgrade from those.
As of now, I'm playing Sleeping dogs, Batman Arkham City, and Final Fantasy XIV beta.
Those are really the main games I'm playing atm.
I've noticed games on max settings, Sleeping dogs for example, when I'm playing the camera gets a little choppy, body movements can't keep up with the backgrounds and I notice the frame rates drop, I haven't tested to see how many it drops, but I even dropped down the settings to mid and Noticing it still doesn't flow smoothly.
I know Final Fantasy XIV beta is a beta and lots can be done to improve the game but I just notice lots of FPS dropping when lots of things going on. I know I'm way beyond those recommended settings and I still get some minor issues.
And Batman, well, When I see the whole city, same things happen like Sleeping dogs, I start losing FPS, it's noticeable... I just expected to Run those games on max.
Heck even CLOSE to max....
I do play on 1920x1080 btw. would I need a bigger PSU if I was to put another GPU also, can my CPU/Mobo handle it? I don't know what kind of Hardware is needed to run dual GPU's
I'm a little rusty on my Computer lingo, please bare with me ^_^
sorry i meant all settings on max (ultra) @1080 and above 60fps, a 660Ti can do this although it dips below 60 sometimes and a 660Ti > 580 somewhat.
I've got a GTX 660 OC'd and BF3 runs perfect at 1080p on Ultra. The 580 should be quite comparable. It sounds like the draw distance is holding your card back though, if you reduced that your performance should increase.
Might sound dumb, but when was the last time you updated your 580?
I have a 560ti and had a similar issue to your sleeping dogs one. I updated my card and it went away..I think this was around the 20th of feb. that it happened to me. my last update was the beginning of feb/end of jan.
The update wont solve your issues, but it might alleviate them slightly.