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    Default Which cards should I SLI?

    I need to get a new GPU for my machine. currently has a GTX295 in it. 750 watt psu(will upgrade if need be).

    I want to know if i should get the "GTX 570 1.5gb SLI" vs "GTX 580 1.5gb SLI" or the "GTX 580 3gb SLI"

    As of now I have this monitor -
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    http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VS248H/
    and plan on sticking with it for a good few years. I plan to do some heavy gaming and want to max out games like BF3 and Metro 2033.

    i hear the 580 3gb ones come in handy in huger screens like 30 inches. so will the 580 1.5gb models do it for me? or can I get away with the 570 1.5 gb SLI???
    Yes i do plan on overclocking the cards. And I plan on buying one now and getting the second one to SLI it later.

    sorry if this is a really noobish thread and i sounds silly.....but i couldn't find specifically what i wanted to know....

    Right now I am leaning towards the GTX 580 3gb
    Last edited by dtayl173; 07-18-2011 at 08:35 PM.

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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    What brand/model is your motherboard and cpu? How much memory does your system have.
    The best review sites sometimes include benchmarks and quality of play results with very high resolution monitors and/or multi-monitor setups.
    TechPowerUp and HardOCP are two of the better sites.

    Keep in mind that it's best for your psu to run at 80% (or lower) of rated continuous power output at 40 -50O (C) with a high end gaming system.
    You should upgrade to a higher power 80+Plus gold or platinum psu, because with your overclocked SLI setup, you will save a significant amount of money over time on your electrical bills.

    Your current 750 watt psu is probably OK for an overclocked, high end single card setup.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
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    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
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    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    What brand/model is your motherboard and cpu? How much memory does your system have.
    The best review sites sometimes include benchmarks and quality of play results with very high resolution monitors and/or multi-monitor setups.
    TechPowerUp and HardOCP are two of the better sites.

    Keep in mind that it's best for your psu to run at 80% (or lower) of rated continuous power output at 40 -50O (C) with a high end gaming system.
    You should upgrade to a higher power 80+Plus gold or platinum psu, because with your overclocked SLI setup, you will save a significant amount of money over time on your electrical bills.

    Your current 750 watt psu is probably OK for an overclocked, high end single card setup.
    Gigabyte EX58-UD3R
    i7 920
    woops just realised my PSU is the "coolermaster UCP ultimate 700w PSU" one not a 750w.... :S. what would you reccomend for when I setup the SLI?
    Last edited by dtayl173; 07-18-2011 at 09:04 PM.

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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    between the 3Gb and 1.5Gb, the prices aren't really different yet the performances are totally different. grab the 3Gb dude!
    I'm an AMD-minded but never hate Intel

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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    It's a 24" hd monitor? I think one 580 3gb or two 570 1.5gb will be more than enough to run anygame,metro 2033 in dx11 mode is a real card killer even in sli,anything above 60fps is a waste imo plus don't forget the extra heat with an sli setup
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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    Quote Originally Posted by fate View Post
    between the 3Gb and 1.5Gb, the prices aren't really different yet the performances are totally different. grab the 3Gb dude!
    how much of a difference are we talking??

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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    If you are in the U.K., check out Scan.co.uk: NVIDIA GTX: 570, 580 and 590 Video Cards.
    An interesting comparison: Introduction - AMD 6970/6950 CFX and NVIDIA 580/570 SLI Review | [H]ard|OCP
    note: HardOCP is using a 1200 watt psu in their comparison tests.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    Reading that review on hardocp,the 6970 xfire looks good value/performance for money
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    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
    Fractal Arc Midi Case

    http://i38.tinypic.com/14myvfa.jpg x58 ud5 <=3.8ghz + 4.2ghz Overclock Template!!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/warren304#p/u Visit Me On Youtube

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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    from Scan.co (UK)

    HD 6950 1.0GB 186 - 188 (1024 cores)
    HD 6950 2.0GB 198 - 220 (1024 cores)
    HD 6970 2.0GB 252 - 290 (1536 cores)
    HD 6990 4.0GB 496 - 572 (3172 cores)

    GTX 570 1.280GB 227 - 317 (480 cores)
    GTX 580 1.536GB 348 - 436 (512 cores)
    GTX 580 3.000GB 455 - 516 (512 cores)
    GTX 590 3.000GB 584 - 644 (1024 cores)
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: So a few different paths to go down...

    Sorry to bring thisback up..... but I have been too busy with daily things to keep up with this. I did some readings and found people saying things like the CF 6970 are better than the 580 SLI , but I am wondering if they are talking about the 1.5gb 580's or the 3gb 580's......

    THoughts anyone?

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