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October 25, 2010 9:03:34 PM

Hi all, can anyone tell me if MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card will fit and work and be better than my gtx 280?
My mobo is p5n-d

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a c 175 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 9:12:37 PM

I don't think so, its more of a sideways upgrade. You'll gain DX11 and save a bunch in heat and power. But it won't be faster.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 9:16:35 PM

Larger difference between the GTX280 and the 1GB GTX460 then I realized. The GTX280 is now a <$200 card. I'm still not sure the $200 is worth spending. But of course its up to the buyer.
October 25, 2010 9:17:27 PM

ok thanks guys. i have about £180-£200 to spend. what would you recommend?
October 25, 2010 9:24:15 PM

can i fit the HD6870 in my system?
a c 1410 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 9:32:59 PM

Yes a single ATI/AMD card is fine even if you have a SLI nvidia board.
October 25, 2010 9:33:59 PM

Asus GeForce GTX 470 V2 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card.
what about this one?
a c 1410 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 9:35:42 PM

Even better upgrade if your PSU can handle it!
October 25, 2010 9:37:35 PM

i got 650 watts. it handles 2 x 280gtx.
i would want to SLi it later
a c 1410 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 9:45:25 PM

650 if it has 38amps on the combined +12 volt rails will handle a single GTX470.
October 25, 2010 9:47:26 PM

ok. thanks for you help
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2011 5:32:04 AM

Let me just get this out there: To compare the newer series GeForce cards with one another, you need to look at the last two digits of the card's name. For example, in the GTX 460, the important numbers are the '60' ones. The '4' indicates the range or series of cards only, whereas the '60' shows you what type of GPU it has on it.

Now, because the GTX 460 is a newer model than the GTX 280, it will outperform in terms of stability and heat dissipation. It will, however, cost you a bit more, and the GTX 280 would still win if you compare FPS in most games.

The newer GTX 460 Cyclone from MSI is an exception. This card comes factory overclocked (thus the OC in the name) from the core GPU speed of 675MHz to 725MHz. This increases its performance dramatically, and makes it one of the most money-efficient cards in the GTX series, in some cases (proven in real-time tests) outperforming even the GTX 480.

Furthermore, the card comes fitted with an aftermarket cooling system (this is the Cyclone cooler), making it run a lot cooler and up to 15.7% quieter than generic GTX 460 cards. Also, as it runs cooler, it allows for further overclocking with the VERY user friendly overclocking software included in the box, called the MSI Afterburner software. This can let you tweak the card to perform as good as a GTX 480 and even better, at the same temperatures.

The card has, however, a few downsides. Firstly, the twin-heatpipe design used to cool the card very well, sticks out to the top of the card fairly far, and will require a bigger sized box. It also asks for two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors, one more than some of the lower class PSU's support. Also, being an overclocked card, it will lose value quicker than the generic, and even more so if you further overclock it with Afterburner. It also only has one HDMI and two DVI outputs, and supports a maximum of (very disappointingly) only two monitors.

On the plus side, I bought mine in South Africa a few days ago, for R1,949. This amounts to about £163. Bargain? I'd say!

So, no, the GTX 460 Cyclone OC probably won't beat a GTX 280 in terms of sheer performance, but if you need to pick between a GTX 280 and a GTX 460 to start off with, I'd go with the GTX 460. And if you can get a bargain like I did, all the better! :D 
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