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2 EVGA GTX 460's or 1 Palit GTX 470?

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September 18, 2010 8:26:39 PM

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my video card and I'm wondering which choice would be better. The 2 EVGA GTX 460's or 1 Palit GTX 470? I currently have a Sapphire Radeon HD 5770. Should I add another 5770 or sell it and buy the new Fermi cards?

Motherboard- ASUS Maximus Formula III
Processor- Core I7 870 @ 2.93GHz
Ram- Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 2GB)----Might buy somemore for 8GB total....
Power Supply- ModXtreme 700w Modular PSU
Hard Drive- Western Digital 500gb Caviar Black Edition



Palit GTX 470

Thanks in advance.
a c 1316 U Graphics card
September 18, 2010 8:41:08 PM

Performance wise high to low GTX460 x 2, HD5770 x 2, GTX470.
Cost wise price low to high HD5770 x 2, GTX470, GTX460 x 2.
Your PSU should handle any of those setups. I would be inclined to go with adding the second HD5770.
a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2010 9:04:56 PM

Its good to make upgrades that are sizable jumps in performance. So a o/c gtx 470 should be a consideration for a single card. Out of these 3 , the gigabyte comes at 700mhz vs 607 stock. At that speed its faster than 5770 crossfire. There are reviews testing a stock 470@607 it was 10% slower than 5770 crossfire.
If you can sell your 5770 to regain some cost, I would go for the single card at first. gtx470
second choice would be 5770 crossfire, third would be gtx460 slI
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a c 236 U Graphics card
September 18, 2010 9:42:19 PM

Agree with notty22, if you upgrade your graphics card, make it a jump of several tiers, otherwise you will be disappointed.

In this case, a GTX470 is not that big of a jump over a 5770.

Two GTX460's scale very well, and are close to a GTX 480 if you get the 1gb versions which are more expensive than what you linked.
If you can afford it, I suggest you market your 5770 instead, and get a gtx480.

Look at some benchmarks of the games you play and the resolution and settings you would like to use. In some, nvidia will be better than ati, and vice versa. Also, some games will not scale as well with multiple cards.

A single gpu GTX480 is the safest bet for a good jump across the board.

If you can wait a bit, ati is supposed to launch improved models, and nvidia will be forced to respond.

I assume that your gaming resolution is at least 1920 x 1080 which is where a strong graphics card need begins.

a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2010 10:05:43 PM

@ $139 for another 5770 I would likely go with that on a performance per dollar basis
September 19, 2010 3:30:18 AM



Now possibly able to buy 2 GTX 470's!
September 19, 2010 4:01:00 AM

BTW. for people posting links to oc'ed cards and super oc'ed not buying those. their life just gets decreased.
a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 6:09:25 AM

juicycrapachino said:
BTW. for people posting links to oc'ed cards and super oc'ed not buying those. their life just gets decreased.

Uhh, what?
September 19, 2010 7:24:04 AM

its true their lifespan goes down but by not very much, you have a 5770 which hasnt been out for more than a year yet your already upgrading. buying an overclocked card which you would replace in roughly 2 years time sounds better than getting a stock clocked card
a c 91 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 7:47:47 AM

I just read this a few minutes ago.

These are 768 cards. I'd go for the 1gig versions myself. However, you should look to see benchmarks with 2 5770's in cross fire before adding the extra expense. You should have included what resolution your monitor is native.
September 19, 2010 2:36:48 PM

Alright thanks for the feedback everyone but I just found out ill have to wait till Christmas before anything is bought, so hopefully prices drop some. To the people wondering my monitor resolution, 1440x900... Yes i know it seems rather small but im always thinking about the future. I just might have enought money to buy a whole new monitor for higher resolution... :) 
September 19, 2010 3:11:29 PM

thats kinda overkill the 5770 is enough on all games at max with that rez i have a sapphire 5770 (non vapor) and its a dream i have tryed it on Assasins creed 1 getting 94fps average minimum 60 and cod 4 iam getting 40 fps to 150 max the average is 100 40 fps is in really heavy places id suggest if u do get an hd monitor to get a gtx 480 itll be ok i guess with HD i have never tryed sli or crossfire i think its not worth it unless you already have card at your disposal and an extra pci express slot collecting dust
a c 1316 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 3:20:51 PM

With that resolution and HD5770 you should put your money into a new monitor as the first priority. The best visual upgrade (more real estate) I have ever done is upgrading monitor from 1280x1024 to 1680x1050. Today full 23- 24" HD 1080P monitors can be had for less than $200.
September 19, 2010 3:32:47 PM

Hmm...something to consider. God knows what Christmas deals Newegg is going to bring out for this dying economy...
September 19, 2010 3:44:08 PM

Can anybody recommend me some monitors? HDMI only,
a c 1316 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 4:40:26 PM

The Asus monitors in general get good reviews and are cheap for the size. The Hanns G is great price but only 20" so text is going to be very small at native.

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a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 5:46:39 PM

geofelt said:

In this case, a GTX470 is not that big of a jump over a 5770.

The GTX470 has nearly twice the performance of a 5770.
October 5, 2010 7:30:14 PM

Best answer selected by juicycrapachino.
a b U Graphics card
October 6, 2010 6:34:42 AM

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