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460 gtx in sli vs the 470gtx in sli

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October 25, 2010 2:37:08 PM

Hello,
I just upgraded my rig to a i7 950. Got a new motherboard a gigabyte mother board that supports ati and nivdia. I have a 1000 watt coolermaster power supply And 6gigs of ram. I am currently running 2 9800gtx cards. I am looking to upgrade the video cards to either 460gtx in sli or 470 gtx in sli. I would even consider ati cards in crossfire. I have been researching this for days and can't make up my mind. My budget is around 500 dollars. So what do you all suggest? And is there a disadvantage if I switch to ati? I use my pc primarily for gaming. My goal is to run at max settings. In games like masseffect 2, bbc2 modernwarfare 4, dc online, crysis. And crysis 2 when it launches. And what ever else comes out. Lol.

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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 3:21:26 PM

2 GTX460's are pretty decent but if you go GTX470's, its obviously better. BTW - have picked the cheapest GTX470, its a stardard, non factory overclocked model. But these are pretty awesome cards.

GTX 470 ($259.99) and free shipping (this comes with Mafia 2 downlaod free, and "lifetime" warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the ASUS reference cards (Very similar to the above, just different logo on the card) and they run everything very well at the highest settings.
Mafia 2, Medal Of Honor, Just Cause 2, Fallout New Vegas, Sigularity, Wolfenstien, Assassins Creed II - etc etc etc, so many games, so little time :( 
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October 25, 2010 5:54:51 PM

I was leaning more towards the 470s in sli. But what makes me a bit nervous are the temps and the power draw. How have the been for you?
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 6:04:11 PM

Cooling isnt a problem mate, they are ment to run hot and that they do, nothing to be worried about, UNLESS they hit the 100oC mark, mine are standard and never have, 92Oc is the highest i think ive ever seen them..

Have a HAF 922 case :) 
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October 25, 2010 6:32:58 PM

Thank you guys for all the good advice.
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October 25, 2010 6:35:51 PM

470s it is. One more question have you oced them yet? If so how far have you go e and kept them stable?
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 7:00:45 PM

Core Clock: 703
Shader Clock: 1406
Mem Clock: 1746

Ran all day on Fallout New Vegas, Medal Of Honor fine.. Back to desktop, played DJ Hero on Miniclips and crashed on me lol , wasnt over heating or anything.. So put it back at stock for now
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 7:21:23 PM

Its interesting how much of a temperature difference there is between two HD5850s and two GTX470s. Your GTX470s are hitting 92C Max where as my HD5850s are hitting 62C Max. And they have similar maximum temperature allowances.
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 7:36:44 PM

deweycd said:
Its interesting how much of a temperature difference there is between two HD5850s and two GTX470s. Your GTX470s are hitting 92C Max where as my HD5850s are hitting 62C Max. And they have similar maximum temperature allowances.


BTW, that was once @ 92oC, mine runs at 75-85oC on average, depending what game.. But would still prefer a GTX470 over a 5850 any day though...

The 470's are ment to run hot, i allow what Nvidia have manufacturered to stand and do its job.. Nothing wrong with 92oC temps on the 470's at all..
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 7:57:57 PM

I'm not saying that it is incorrect or even bad that they run at that temperatures. It just seemed like quite a variance. I would agree that a 470 is a bit nicer card then a 5850 but when I got the 5850s the 470 wasn't released. NVidia's features would have been nice, expecially cuda.
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October 25, 2010 7:59:47 PM

The 5850's were £30/40 dearer in price then the GTX470, not sure why, plus i got retail price for my GTX470's rather than consumer (Saved £70 overall on these, hense why i opted for these)
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a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 8:03:54 PM

Nice, makes the choice that much easier to make.
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October 25, 2010 9:11:05 PM

For that price, 470s for sure. It sucks the huge 470 sale is only in US, here they are 40$ more than 5850 on average :( 
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October 28, 2010 2:55:24 PM

Thank you all again for the help. I got my 470gtxs yesterday and put them in my rig sli. I feel kinda silly worrying about the temps while I was deciding. They run around 40c at idle and while running heaven bench only got up to 70c max. These things are awesome big Improvement over my 9800gtx cards. Will over clock tonight.
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November 8, 2010 12:41:50 AM

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November 8, 2010 1:09:00 AM

Best answer selected by Morphose7777.

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