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GTX 460 or GTX 480... GTX 285 Questions

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August 12, 2010 2:16:06 PM

Hey Everyone, I find myself in a dilemma at the moment. Im looking to purchase a new graphics card today and some concerns came up.

Should I buy 2 GTX 460's or a GTX 480

Benchmarks state that im better off buying the 2 460's as they overpower the 480.

Issue is, I have been told that 2 gtx 285's compete with 2 gtx 460's, is that true??? I don't want to sink 500 bucks into something that last gen gear can compete with.

Any recommendations on what I should do, ATI is not an option im considering.

I realize that the 460's have tessellation and all the good stuff, which the 285's do not, but is that the primary advantage of the 460's?

Also, if i do get the 460's im looking at the 1gb MSI version, any suggestions?
August 12, 2010 2:55:16 PM

Whats your specs? PSU specs? Games you play? (2) 460's are basically good for everything you will ever play and run cooler than the gtx 480.
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2010 2:59:08 PM

Its right gtx (2)460 will be a great deal for you so you should go for it....also if an single gtx 460 is overclocked it can reach nearby to the gtx 480 ..by this you can imagine the power of gtx 460....so think what 2 of them will do...
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August 12, 2010 3:13:57 PM

I have a Asus p7p55d premium with an i5 750 4gb gskill ripjaw

If I got the 460's should i get MSI cyclones, EVGA, or Gigabyte???
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2010 3:17:17 PM

There is not much performance difference in the above brands you have mentioned.Go with the cheaper or the one which gives you an better warranty period.
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2010 3:26:22 PM

rocky41 said:
Its right gtx (2)460 will be a great deal for you so you should go for it....also if an single gtx 460 is overclocked it can reach nearby to the gtx 480 ..by this you can imagine the power of gtx 460....so think what 2 of them will do...


There is no way that the single (overclocked) GTX 460 will reach GTX 480 performance, it will be more along the lines of a 5850 from ATI. Please read below for proof...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-sli-revie...

@ OP, Consider how long you will end up keeping the new video card or cards, if you plan to keep it/them for at least 1 and 1/2 years then leave the 285's out of the question. Now, since the 285 is roughly the same in performance to the 460 and the 460 is cheaper, i would definitely consider the 2 x 460 option. It will perform better than the GTX 480 in almost every title while consuming less power, less heat and overclocks very well, all while being cheaper than the GTX 480.

As for brands, that is all preference but i would suggest, that since the 460's are smaller cards, that you go with the MSI's as the cooling is great on those things.
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August 12, 2010 4:09:03 PM

Thanks everyone. I ended up getting 2x gtx 460 from MSI(1gb version)
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August 12, 2010 4:09:11 PM

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August 12, 2010 5:16:20 PM

The current deal on newegg at $269 makes twin 470's worthy of consideration....Instant rebate of $60 + $20 MIR

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

For $540 you get more performance than the $700 5970

The 285 performans a notch above the 460/465...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rad...

But, with no DX11 compatabiity, I don't see a reason for the 285's continued existence when the 470 is cheaper. And with the Asus MoBo, I'd take the Asus GFX card .... at the very least, MoBo / GFX tech support can't get you off the phone by "blaming the other guy".
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December 28, 2010 6:32:57 AM

what games actually use DX11, not support it, but actually use it?
just asking cause I'm debating also to upgrade to 2-way or 3-way GTX 580 570 sli to replace my 3 GTX 285's, but my games look and play great now, and I have a lifetime warranty on my 285's
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December 28, 2010 10:43:00 AM

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