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30-45 in Metro 2033(highest res). Thats very big for Metro.

65-94 in Battlefield BC2. Big because if you add more AA and whatnot.

101-140 in Dirt 2

103-136 in FC2

170-171 in MW2, obviously not important in that game.

88-114 in Anno 1404

57-71 in Crysis Warhead. Only Gamer settings, so crank it up to Enthusiast.

135-135. Resident Evil. No change there.

 

Really very little gains in most games? If your going Tri-Sli you won't be playing 1920x1200 or less, 2560x1600 or more is what you will be playing.

 

 

true, there is a gain in performance but it is not as dramatic as the jump from 1X to 2X, but its still a decent gain. if the OP does not have a 2560x1600 or a multi-monitor setup, it just seems more logical to get a single card

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Few people that i know have more than fullhd/x1200 single screen and also 2560x1600 screens are expensive if he wants to upgrade. If he would go for multi setup or 3d or have such a large resolution, sure 3 sli is not so bad, but very few people have that kind of money and if they do they should go GTX580 SLI instead IMHO...(or of couse wait a few days to see what happens)

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+1 for the 580, tri-sli would be too much of a hassle and once you commit, you are pretty much fully-upgraded. A 580 would be a much better future-proofing option.

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I was never saying he should go Tri-SLI, I was just stating that it is not as bad as everyone says it is. Medbor, if you had $1500 for GPU's(going that they are GTX580's/480's) I think you would have multiple monitors or 1 huge one right?....

 

Anyways @ OP, just go with the GTX 580, or wait until December 13th when the new ATI cards come out to see what they are like.

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Id say either wait till the new AMD cards come out , they should have competitive prices to the GTX580 and may even beat it in performance.

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go for 2x gtx 460 1 gb sli

 

Really now?

 

It was only better in Metro 2033, and barely or so they said. Now we conlcuded he probably does not play @ 2560x1600 so the GTX 580 is most likely the best choice. GTX 460 sli there is no future.

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Really now?

 

It was only better in Metro 2033, and barely or so they said. Now we conlcuded he probably does not play @ 2560x1600 so the GTX 580 is most likely the best choice. GTX 460 sli there is no future.

Those are also reference clocked GTX 460 1GB's in SLI at 700/1848/1400.

 

My overclocked GTX 460 1GB's in SLI is at 895/2140/1790 (SpeedwayNative's is higher than mine). That's almost a 200MHz increase in Core Clock without a Voltage mod. Meanwhile, the ASUS GTX 580 has only been able to get up to around 962MHz from a reference clock of 772, which is roughly 190MHz with the maximum allowable voltage of 1.213v (so a lot more power consumption). Plus, the ASUS GTX 580 priced at $525 and two GTX 460 1GB's priced at $170 (PNY's from Superbiiz on the day after Cyber Monday, they're $175, now) with a $30 MIR, that comes to $280.

 

Is that worth a $245 difference? I'd say not. :P

 

P.S. That still doesn't mean I wouldn't want a GTX 580. If only they didn't mark the price up so much! If I found a deal at $400, I might be tempted, but at $525, the thing's going to be outdated in a few months by something more powerful at the same price it is now (the GTX 480 was released about 8 months ago). Someone around my area is selling two EVGA GTX 480's for $650, that's a more tempting buy than a single GTX 580 at $525.

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And again 2 GTX 460's can't get any better anymore, except maybe a 3rd. Now a GTX 580 can get better, you can add another and wreck the GTX 460's. Oh and did you look through the review? GTX 580 allowed higher settings in some games and had better MINIMUM FPS, meaning less really low FPS jumps. And the GTX 580 was just released, you gotta wait a little till high OC'ers come out. And 190mhz OC on the core is very impressive, considering it does more than on the GTX 460's.

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And again 2 GTX 460's can't get any better anymore, except maybe a 3rd. Now a GTX 580 can get better, you can add another and wreck the GTX 460's. Oh and did you look through the review? GTX 580 allowed higher settings in some games and had better MINIMUM FPS, meaning less really low FPS jumps. And the GTX 580 was just released, you gotta wait a little till high OC'ers come out. And 190mhz OC on the core is very impressive, considering it does more than on the GTX 460's.

You can only dual SLI GTX 460's, you can't tri-SLI GTX 460's. Yeah, you can better the GTX 580, but for $525 more. It's overkill if you ask me. They also tested in 2560 x 1600 resolutions, which gives the advantage to the GTX 580. If you get down to 1920 x 1200 resolutions, you won't see as much minimum FPS spikes, though the higher settings in some games will still be an issue.

 

I'm not disagreeing with the GTX 580 being badass, but unless you want to spend that much money on a card, I'd go with the dual GTX 460 1GB solution.

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