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Thinking of SLI'ed GTX460 768

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October 22, 2010 2:06:06 PM

I'm leaning towards getting a couple of these in the next couple of weeks(not sure which brand...probably EVGA). Waited for the new AMD launch and now that it's done and over with, still thinking 2 GTX 460 provide a better bang for my buck than the new AMD cards in my price range. Aside from EVGA, I'm also looking as this GTX 460 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Not too sure about the brand...any good. Might go with Gigabyte. Which is the better card/brand.
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 2:11:18 PM

Based on that Galaxy card, I assume the fan is easy to take off. That really doesn't do much for you, but it's not a bad feature to have. I haven't used a Galaxy card though, so I don't know that much about them.
Only cards Ive used for Nvidia are from MSI and EVGA. I would go with EVGA~
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October 22, 2010 2:19:00 PM

I didn't notice the fan, lol. The price is th reason I noticed it...$140 after rebate. If it performs on pair with more reputable brands such as EVGA, then it's a pretty decent deal.
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October 22, 2010 2:19:02 PM

What's your price range? Since the prices of the HD 6850s are so low, I'm guessing your price range is around $300. If you can stretch the range, there is no doubt that the HD 6850s are by far the best bang for the buck, even more so than the GTX 460 1GB. But if you're firm on buying the GTX 460 768MB, I would not buy a Galaxy card for $160. Look around more and you'll find prices around $140 before any rebates.

Also, look at this deal for the 1GB versions:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 22, 2010 2:21:43 PM

I would go with Skolp's reccomendation, that 460 combo deal is a very good price per performance.
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October 22, 2010 2:30:01 PM

I might be able to stretch it a bit. Between $300-$350 is what I was thinking. I am selling off my AMD set-up in order to do this. Was gonna keep my GTX 260 and put it in my kiddies' pc but have sinced scrapped that idea since we really don't have the room for another desktop and my wife just got a laptop. Probably could ebay the GTX 260 as well. No sense in letting it just sit and collect dust.

SO then the question is 2x GTX 460 or 2x 6850
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October 22, 2010 2:36:06 PM

If those are your options, two 6850s is a no brainer to me, but the newegg deal I linked to is damn tempting for someone in your position.
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October 22, 2010 2:39:58 PM

skolpo said:
What's your price range? Since the prices of the HD 6850s are so low, I'm guessing your price range is around $300. If you can stretch the range, there is no doubt that the HD 6850s are by far the best bang for the buck, even more so than the GTX 460 1GB. But if you're firm on buying the GTX 460 768MB, I would not buy a Galaxy card for $160. Look around more and you'll find prices around $140 before any rebates.

Also, look at this deal for the 1GB versions:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Hopefully that combo is still available when I finally decide to buy
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October 22, 2010 2:51:29 PM

skolpo said:
If those are your options, two 6850s is a no brainer to me, but the newegg deal I linked to is damn tempting for someone in your position.


I've only owned Nvidia/EVGA so making the switch to AMD has been a tough sell for me. Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to AMD at all. For me, the reason I've stayed with Nvidia is because of how great EVGA's CS is. I've had to RMA my GTX 260 twice now(not including the first one back to Newegg) and EVGA is the best I've ever dealt with when it comes to that. Maybe it is time to make the switch?? I've got some time to think about it before I do buy.
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October 22, 2010 2:54:37 PM

mywifehas36DD said:
I've only owned Nvidia/EVGA so making the switch to AMD has been a tough sell for me. Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to AMD at all. For me, the reason I've stayed with Nvidia is because of how great EVGA's CS is. I've had to RMA my GTX 260 twice now(not including the first one back to Newegg) and EVGA is the best I've ever dealt with when it comes to that. Maybe it is time to make the switch?? I've got some time to think about it before I do buy.



Well, if you're going to wait it out till the holidays, the 6900 series might be worth a look also (releases in November). There's a good chance that one of the cards will fall around your price range.
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October 22, 2010 2:59:23 PM

skolpo said:
Well, if you're going to wait it out till the holidays, the 6900 series might be worth a look also (releases in November). There's a good chance that one of the cards will fall around your price range.

Well, Deals on newegg end at the end of each month, and may come back right? So he might not get the chance for that combo deal later on anyway.
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October 22, 2010 3:03:39 PM

dalta centauri said:
Well, Deals on newegg end at the end of each month, and may come back right? So he might not get the chance for that combo deal later on anyway.


I'm pretty sure holiday deals will be very similar and in some cases better than the deal mentioned. Also, I doubt nVidia will keep their GTX 460 1GB at $200 now that the 6800 prices are revealed, even though the price drop occurred only a few days ago. Also, the release of the 6900 means more price cuts, albeit higher end cards, but the cuts can possibly trickle down.
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October 22, 2010 3:10:42 PM

At resolutions where you need the power of two GTX 460s the 768mb of memory is going to limit things. If you are using a normal resolution(1920x1200 and below) it is a better idea to just buy the best single card you can afford. The HD6950 will probably be right in your $300-350 price range if I had to guess and could be the best choice.
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October 22, 2010 3:18:37 PM

skolpo said:
Well, if you're going to wait it out till the holidays, the 6900 series might be worth a look also (releases in November). There's a good chance that one of the cards will fall around your price range.

For a single card $250 is the absolute most I can rationalize spending(and thats pushing), since I will probably SLI or crossfire. I'm more concerned about performance than power usage. Not a very green guy I guess. What I like about the GTX 460's is that in sli the compare favorably to a GTX 480 for quite a bit less $$$. Not really sure how they compare to a 5970 though...better worse the same???
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October 22, 2010 3:22:21 PM

jyjjy said:
At resolutions where you need the power of two GTX 460s the 768mb of memory is going to limit things. If you are using a normal resolution(1920x1200 and below) it is a better idea to just buy the best single card you can afford. The HD6950 will probably be right in your $300-350 price range if I had to guess and could be the best choice.



On most occasions my pc is hooked up to my Acer 22" which has a max res of 1680X1050. However, I do most of my gaming on my 37" 1080p tv on the weekends.
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October 22, 2010 3:28:12 PM

Single card solution is always better than a dual-card setup. Granted that in some situations, GTX 460s in SLI will scale 90% increase in performance, stability of a single card is a better choice, imo. Don't get me wrong, I actually have two GTX 460s in SLI right now and I love it, but if I can get a single card that is about 95% of the performance of two GTX 460s in SLI for the same price (which many project the 6900 series will be), I'd rather get the single card instead. And don't compare anything to the GTX 480 since they are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to looking at setups that are the best bang for the buck.
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October 22, 2010 3:33:56 PM

Yeah, for that you really don't need a dual card setup. The best value for the money would be overclocking a single HD6850(or GTX 460 1gb.) At stock they would perform well at 1080p but either can usually OC about 30% which should put their performance on par with an HD5870 for about $150+ less. Of course you can always add another at some point in the future. Overclocking a video card is very simple but if you don't want to do so then the HD6870 is a good buy or wait for the HD6950 or perhaps the full GF104 card Nvidia may be rushing to the market to compete with the HD6000 cards.
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October 22, 2010 3:49:45 PM

What price slot will the 6950 fall in($300-$350???)? Also what part of November is AMD planning to release? I really don't want to base my decision on overclocking since I see that as an added bonus there's no guarantee I will get card that oc's well.
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October 22, 2010 4:05:58 PM

mywifehas36DD said:
What price slot will the 6950 fall in($300-$350???)? Also what part of November is AMD planning to release? I really don't want to base my decision on overclocking since I see that as an added bonus there's no guarantee I will get card that oc's well.

$300-350 is a very good guess and it will likely be released in about a month, give or take a week.
While cards do OC to different degrees if you buy a model with good cooling it shouldn't vary that much, maybe roughly 50mhz. An Asus DirectCU card would be a good choice. Considering your plan was already 2 GTX 460s buying one instead(or an HD6850 which is the better value right now IMO), overclocking it and trying it out for a while to decide if you really need another could be a way to go.
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October 29, 2010 11:16:16 AM

Best answer selected by mywifehas36dd.
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October 29, 2010 11:21:52 AM

You all were a great help to me. Now I just gotta wait for the HD 6900 series to be released...Thanks
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October 29, 2010 7:42:06 PM

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