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Is GTX 460 price gap worth it?

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October 14, 2010 3:53:30 AM

I've seen a lot of positive reviews about the gtx 460 and how tom's hardware is impressed with it. I put my mind on purchasing this card as soon as I got the money for it, and decided that the 30 dollar gap for the 1 gb model was well worth it, but now the cheapest 1gb in newegg is going for 220, while the cheapest 768 mb is going for 165. That's a 55 dollar difference... and... is it worth it?

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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 4:05:55 AM

Hmm, normally i would say yes. though at 55 dollars that is a pretty large jump. I'd be less convinced.

you can actually get a 5850 for that price 9after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so tbh, i'd say no. i do love the GTX460. but that's a pretty steep price hike, and the 5 series cards dropping (and soon to be dropping more with the 6 series release) it just not worth it.

either stick with the 786 version, or get the 5850.

better yet, wait til the 6 series are released next month.
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a c 107 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 4:11:43 AM

What games do you play and at what resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 4:41:56 AM

the 768mb is good up to 1920x1200. skeptics would say that the 1gb is better @ higher resolutions, now that would be 2560x1600 which to be honest the 1gb itself wouldn't provide butter smooth gameplay (it is faster yes but @ framerates lower than 30fps, thats moot point).

the 1gb shines when you go sli and multi-display.
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a c 107 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 4:52:40 AM

wh3resmycar said:
the 768mb is good up to 1920x1200. skeptics would say that the 1gb is better @ higher resolutions, now that would be 2560x1600 which to be honest the 1gb itself wouldn't provide butter smooth gameplay (it is faster yes but @ framerates lower than 30fps, thats moot point).

the 1gb shines when you go sli and multi-display.


Dude I own "75" cards. 768mb is NOT any good for playing games at that resolution. 19x12. Especially if you're playing in DX10/11. Those weigh heavier than DX9.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 5:10:36 AM

Its going to depend on the game. Most will be fine up to 1080P. Won't be able to max them out, but should look pretty enough. Look at the reviews on Hardocp to see what they can do, even in DX10/11. If you can "only" get the 768MB model I wouldn't worry to much. I wouldn't get the 1GB model if the 5850 is cheaper/same price. The 5850 is the better card, at least if there is only one of them.
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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 5:28:37 AM

Dude I own "75" cards. 768mb is NOT any good for playing games at that resolution. 19x12. Especially if you're playing in DX10/11. Those weigh heavier than DX9. said:
Dude I own "75" cards. 768mb is NOT any good for playing games at that resolution. 19x12. Especially if you're playing in DX10/11. Those weigh heavier than DX9.


and you think the 1gb variant would do well in dx11 @ that resolution? no no buddy.

i dunno about you folks here but i bought my gtx460 with the full knowledge, it being a first gen dx-x (where x is series number) card that it'll struggle with it, the same way the riva tnt, fx5700ultra, and my 9600gt (which cost the same as my 768mb when i bought it) struggled. i can only vouch for mainstream cards though.

gtx460s (both variants) are also very very overclockable, mines running @ 850/1700 with a minor volt bump.

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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 5:53:30 AM

I would vote for the GTX 460 1GB @ 1080p or higher (1920x1080).

First off, the GTX 460 768MB version is slightly crippled to begin with on the chipset end of things. So it's literally slower. Plus, with higher resolutions come larger texture sizes, etc. Not to mention DX10/11 stuff.

Quite frankly however, the DX11 issue is a moot point, because a GTX 460 @ 1920x1080 with DX11 & Tesselation turned on is pointless to begin with.

Still, I always recommend the 1GB version for 1080p.
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October 14, 2010 7:13:21 PM

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a c 273 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 8:16:43 PM

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