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August 22, 2010 8:37:08 PM


Is GTX 480 the best video card on the market so far? If so, what are some affordable alternatives (nvidia) that are almost as good.

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August 22, 2010 8:40:20 PM

Actually, the Ares HD5870x2 is the best, followed by the 5970 4gb, and then 5970 2gb, and finally the GTX480.

However you can get a GTX470 that can overclock almost as well as a GTX480 and there is one for 260 on Newegg, but its around 290 on average.

SLI GTX460 1GB is a good option that outperforms GTX480 by a lot and is cheaper.
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August 22, 2010 8:44:10 PM

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Two gtx 460 in sli.It outperforms gtx 480 at 100$ less



Thank you for this tip.

So here's a newb question about this.

With better performance from the duel 460's, are there any features that I don't have?
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August 22, 2010 8:46:13 PM

ggsxt said:
Thank you for this tip.

So here's a newb question about this.

With better performance from the duel 460's, are there any features that I don't have?


You mean in comparison to the 480? No, you won't loose any features, in fact you gain Nvidia Surround.
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August 22, 2010 8:49:03 PM

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All those 5970 are same with different memory size.sli 480 outperform all of them.


And? "All those?", there were only two. He asked what the best CARD, on the market was, and I told him. GTX 480 is NOT the best card.

By that crappy logic there is no point in telling someone to get the GTX 460 1GB instead of the 768mb version.

Btw, CF 5970s outperform TRI SLI 480s, so don't even throw that into the mix.
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August 22, 2010 8:49:17 PM

Helltech said:
You mean in comparison to the 480? No, you won't loose any features, in fact you gain Nvidia Surround.



wow, that is fantastic.



Before I go ahead and choose to do this, is there anything I should realize (being a newb at this and all).


much appreciated for sure.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
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August 22, 2010 8:50:22 PM

ggsxt said:
wow, that is fantastic.



Before I go ahead and choose to do this, is there anything I should realize (being a newb at this and all).


much appreciated for sure.


There is no upgrade path from SLI 460's in the future, meaning you can't get three if you ever want/need another. (This shouldn't be a big problem.) But something you should know regardless.
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August 22, 2010 9:05:10 PM

Helltech said:
There is no upgrade path from SLI 460's in the future, meaning you can't get three if you ever want/need another. (This shouldn't be a big problem.) But something you should know regardless.


hmmmm, am I missing out on a much bigger picture by just focusing on these options?
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August 22, 2010 9:09:47 PM

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Two gtx 460 in sli.It outperforms gtx 480 at 100$ less


where do I find the two 460's for $100 less?
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August 22, 2010 9:17:59 PM

ggsxt said:
where do I find the two 460's for $100 less?


He meant 100 dollars less then the cost a GTX480.

Its not acutally 100 less anymore though, its more like ten dollars.

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

Thats 450 dollars now. But the 460s is still a better deal. (10 dollars cheaper, and out performs by quite a bit.)
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a c 153 U Graphics card
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August 22, 2010 9:20:15 PM

No you are right GGSxT, he just isn't up to date with the current price of the GTX480.
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August 22, 2010 9:30:38 PM

well thank you both for the information on the gx series and the ATI series.

I don't know much about either but trying to learn.

I looked at quad SLI vs Crossfire on youtube for their benchmarks and the videos I saw claimed SLI performed better,

Am I looking at this the wrong way or is this a long standing debate with no clear winner?
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August 23, 2010 12:35:17 AM

So this is my current sucky gaming laptops graphics card



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is it possible to compare this to a desktop's graphics card? I searched the web and some sites but couldn't find a good comparison. I know it's outdated but I would like to know how long ago it was considered a decent-to-ok grphx card to have.

Thanks in advance
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a c 153 U Graphics card
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August 23, 2010 12:51:20 AM

That is equivelant to a 6800GS, or a X800 GTO.
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August 23, 2010 12:55:22 AM

8600GT and 9500GT
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August 23, 2010 12:55:24 AM

I'm searching for a site with a full list of graphics cards for the past 10 years. Since I haven't found one yet, maybe somebody knows of such a site.
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September 5, 2010 3:09:43 PM

So far I know I want to get a I7 930 processor, still deciding on the rest of the parts but I have decided that a GTX 460 is what I want.

How to know which one to buy?

I know that I want to do series gaming.
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September 5, 2010 3:29:55 PM

serious*

Unless you are going to microcenter for your i7 930, you should get the i7 950. I have hear microcenter will be selling the 950 for $250.

It all depends on if you want to overclock your card or not. The Palit Sonic (800mhz), Galaxy Super OC (810mhz), Asus TOP (775mhz), and MSI Hawk (780mhz) all have great factory overclocks.

I would only buy the 1gb version of the 460, they are better than the 768mb versions.

The gigabyte model and msi cyclone are also good but people who buy those usually want to overclock them.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
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September 5, 2010 3:34:00 PM

Does your mobo support SLI/CrossFire?
PSU? brand? model?
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September 5, 2010 3:34:04 PM

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So far I know I want to get a I7 930 processor, still deciding on the rest of the parts but I have decided that a GTX 460 is what I want.

How to know which one to buy?

I know that I want to do series gaming.


if you want to do "series" gaming, don't spend more on the CPU compared to the GPU otherwise you will be "seriesly" disappointed in your FPS compared to similar priced PCs
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September 5, 2010 3:46:49 PM

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serious*

Unless you are going to microcenter for your i7 930, you should get the i7 950. I have hear microcenter will be selling the 950 for $250.

It all depends on if you want to overclock your card or not. The Palit Sonic (800mhz), Galaxy Super OC (810mhz), Asus TOP (775mhz), and MSI Hawk (780mhz) all have great factory overclocks.

I would only buy the 1gb version of the 460, they are better than the 768mb versions.

The gigabyte model and msi cyclone are also good but people who buy those usually want to overclock them.



ya, I was going to buy the 930 from microcenter today. When is the 950 going on sale for 250$?

edit: I don't even see the 950 listed on microcenters website...
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September 5, 2010 4:24:30 PM

I am told the 950 only has a higher bin so it can have the higher clock, but they are based off the same chip technology. They said the 930 at $200 is a better buy than the 950 at $250. I am still going to be getting the 950 anyway >.>

I am just getting it until the i7 990X hits the stores.
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September 6, 2010 10:43:01 AM

So I was looking at a 460 but was told it wasn't going to be good enough.


Any suggestions?
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a c 153 U Graphics card
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September 6, 2010 10:44:28 AM

460 or 480?

Also what resolution do you play at? What is the rest of your system specs?
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September 6, 2010 10:47:30 AM

Your post and title don't match!
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September 6, 2010 10:48:05 AM

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460 or 480?

Also what resolution do you play at? What is the rest of your system specs?


I know I want to get a I7 930


GTX 480 is what I am talking about. Somebody said a 460 wasn't good enough for me.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
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September 6, 2010 10:49:03 AM

Oh ok, I understand now. Well the 460 may be good enough, depends on what resolution you play at\what settings you want to play at.
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September 6, 2010 11:06:51 AM

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Oh ok, I understand now. Well the 460 may be good enough, depends on what resolution you play at\what settings you want to play at.


I'm hoping to play Diablo 3 in 3D :) 
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September 6, 2010 12:00:40 PM

is there new tech about to come out?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
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September 6, 2010 4:19:20 PM

On October, AMD will release the HD6xxx series...

Well, i don't know whether GTX4xx series and HD5xxx series would get a price cut...
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September 6, 2010 4:51:15 PM

@GGSxT, You don't need to have four seperate threads on the same subject.
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September 6, 2010 10:20:47 PM

Mousemonkey said:
@GGSxT, You don't need to have four seperate threads on the same subject.



sry, I posted them late at night when very few people were active.
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