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July 13, 2010 9:32:21 PM

I want to upgrade my gpu and it's down to these cards what are the pros and cons of each card so I get my moneys worth

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July 13, 2010 9:34:14 PM

what are your system specs? include the monitor, PSU, CPU, etc...
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July 13, 2010 9:36:13 PM

Is there a reason you left out the GTX 470?
The GTX 480 isn't a very good deal for the money imo. I would go for the 460 or 470 depending on how much you want to spend/how much performance you want from your card.
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July 13, 2010 9:53:54 PM

For starters I'm using my a 42inch 120hz HDTV, my CPU is the intel i7 930 I have it overclocked to 3.8 ghz my psu is 850w single rail stonesliver( have to double check the brand) 6gigs of ddr3 ram overclocked 8-8-8-24 let me know if I missed anything this all off the top of my head
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July 13, 2010 9:57:51 PM

That's a good system and PSU. It basically comes down to what you want to spend and how much performance you want.
Honestly I would probably just OC the hell out of a GTX 460 myself but the GTX 470 can OC a ton as well and is also a good deal at its price.
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July 13, 2010 10:09:26 PM

If you have the cash for a 480 and a board that supports SLI you will want dual 460's and pocket the extra cash for any other upgrades you might need.

If not a single 470 will do the job just fine, especially when overclocked.
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July 14, 2010 12:00:12 AM

I was thinking of going the route of the 460 but will I lose out on future games let's say 3 or 4 yrs from now
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July 14, 2010 12:34:33 AM

3-4 years is not a reasonable amount of time to expect a graphics card to last. 3 years ago it was the 8800GT that was high end and $300-400. These days it is a low end card and really that is one of the best aging cards that has been put out. I would highly recommend getting a card that is reasonably priced and appropriate for your current situation. With such a fast moving technology buying high end tech is only for those who have enough money and the desire to keep up with the latest tech. If you spend a huge amount on the card you are going to have regrets later when it is outdated in a year or two. With a reasonably priced card you just replace it and it is no big deal.
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July 14, 2010 3:29:58 AM

jyjjy, I thought about what you wrote and it does make sense, I currently have an XFX 5770 and ever since i updated the drivers to 10.6 i've been having crashing problems but at least today I have not had one problem and im now thinking of getting a second XFX 5770 on newegg for 159.99 and just cross fire my rig, i dont know too much about dual gpu other than higer frame rate(i already hit 70FPS with my single card) and a hotter system. oh and my card is over clocked too, i have it set on 960MHz gpu clock and 1400MHz Memory Clock and set my fan control to 60%
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July 14, 2010 5:48:12 AM

If you have the money, then SLI 2 GTX 460s 1gb.It will perform better than a single GTX 480.
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July 14, 2010 2:17:34 PM

Frank87 said:
jyjjy, I thought about what you wrote and it does make sense, I currently have an XFX 5770 and ever since i updated the drivers to 10.6 i've been having crashing problems but at least today I have not had one problem and im now thinking of getting a second XFX 5770 on newegg for 159.99 and just cross fire my rig, i dont know too much about dual gpu other than higer frame rate(i already hit 70FPS with my single card) and a hotter system. oh and my card is over clocked too, i have it set on 960MHz gpu clock and 1400MHz Memory Clock and set my fan control to 60%


Remove the 10.6's and install the 10.4's, I had the same exact issue and so far my PC has not crashed once.

http://downloads.guru3d.com/ATI-Catalyst-10.4-WHQL-Wind...|-Vista-64-bit-download-2530.html


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July 14, 2010 7:16:01 PM

Well, the GTX 460 is better, OCs better and SLI scales better than crossfire so if cost isn't a concern then that would be the way to go. However you may want to wait a bit until more versions of the 1gb/256 bit card are released, especially if you are overclocking in SLI. I'm not certain but I would suspect the cards from Palit don't allow for voltage modification for the best OC and there will be cards with better cooling than the stock cooling shortly I believe.
Anyone know for certain if the Palit cards can raise the voltage or not?
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July 14, 2010 7:43:47 PM

Yea but that is the Galaxy model and its overpriced, especially when TD charges 17.00$ in tax alone. You end up paying more than the XFX 5850 at that price.
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July 14, 2010 9:48:48 PM

Why would anyone spend $300 on a GTX 465 when the 1gb/256 is slightly better, uses less power and costs $230?
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July 14, 2010 9:56:30 PM

Dunno? I was just giving out an option. The 465 card is pretty much obsolete now with the 1gb 460's.
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July 14, 2010 10:01:14 PM

carnedude said:
Maybe consider the new MSI 470 and 465 Twin Frozr II or the 460 Cyclone. I am grabbing 2 of the 470's myself.

470- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

465- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

460- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The frozr's are supposed to run 16c cooler and also quieter that other brands.


The 465 and 470 are not priced right price/performance-wise so there would be no point in spending that much cash when you can get dual 460's for a fraction of the cost w/o sacrificing performance.

The Frozr's are great when it comes to the 5770/5830's but the 5850 Frozr is a huge FAIL ATM. So don't go buying the card just cause it has a sweet cooler attached to the GPU ;) 

Wait for the Asus TOP 460 before you buy your cards, it might surprise you :D 
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July 15, 2010 12:09:47 AM

do you know when the Asus will be out? and do you know if they plan on a 470 version?
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July 15, 2010 12:13:42 AM

NO!

Get another 5770, you will get ~5870 performance and you will be able to overclock well too. Realistically, there is no other solution that is even close to as cost effective. You may be able to sell the 5770 for $100 on ebay, but $250 only nets you a single GTX 460 which can't touch 2 5770s for the same price. Then save up until Northern Islands and nVidia's refresh come out, by which time your 5770s will still be doing alright I guarantee.



Two 5770s should be just shy of a 5870, so you will get getting 25-30% more performance at your resolution.
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July 15, 2010 12:33:39 AM

thanks. i guess no word on a 470 version though. :( 
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July 15, 2010 12:43:25 AM

OvrClkr said:
should be out soon...

http://event.asus.com/vga/2010/engtx460/

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Voltage Tweak to drive performance 50% higher than reference.

Now that is an interesting claim. A 50% OC would be 1012.5 mhz.
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July 15, 2010 12:43:54 AM

carnedude said:
thanks. i guess no word on a 470 version though. :( 


For now I don't see Asus making a DirectCU for a 470 or 480. Maybe in the future they will come up with some sort of aftermarket cooler and give it a name but who knows..

Is there a specific reason you need a 470?
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July 15, 2010 12:45:45 AM

i would agree if you already have a 5770 why drop it off, when you can save some cash and get another 5770 for crossfire, even though i'm pretty much in love with the 460, if you've already got a 5770 which is pretty much as good price performance as the 460, but for 150 bucks, you can get performance better then one 460, and honestly it should last you at least, until the next gpu generation.

Unless of course you really need a high power multi-monitor display or 3d. if your gaming at 1920x1080 or less, don't bother on anything besides another 5770 to CF them up
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July 15, 2010 1:00:23 AM

jyjjy said:
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Voltage Tweak to drive performance 50% higher than reference.

Now that is an interesting claim. A 50% OC would be 1012.5 mhz.


I assume they mean across the board, not core or mem wise.

On the other hand when Asus says that you get a nice boost they don't lie :D 




Here is a chart that puts an OC'ed 1Gb right between the 470 and 480 :




http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1360/14/
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July 15, 2010 1:27:04 AM

I am doing a new build in about a month and am going to go with 2 470's in sli. The reason is I have 700 bucks for gpu budget and would like 3d and cuda because I do CAD for work...so pc maybe a write off lol. I just can't decide on what version of the 470 to go with EVGA, MSI, FrozrII, Palit? This is my 1st build and I am stressing about this too much probably.
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July 15, 2010 1:52:36 AM

So Palit is a good brand? or should I wait for a frozr II review?
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July 20, 2010 3:51:06 PM

I replaced 5770's xfired with single 460. in games the max fps has stayed within 10% higher or lower depending on game, min fps have increased in all games i play. With AA added 460 is between 10% to 40% faster max fps or min fps
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November 19, 2010 1:02:56 AM

Another option between the 460 and 480 is the Gigabyte 470 Super Overclock Series. It comes with a hefty factory overclock and 3 fans to keep it nice n cool. I think its $300? Give or take 10 bucks.
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November 20, 2010 5:02:47 AM

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