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Is my new gts 450 better than a 5 month old 460 gtx?

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December 8, 2010 1:23:03 AM

ok i had a hd 4850 1g, for christmas my mom got me a new card evga gts 450 01g-p3-1450-tr at a local computer store for $170. i looked around a little online about the gts 450 and people were saying to just get the gtx 460 for $20-$30 more, because its better for not much more money. i found a evga gtx 460 768-p3-1360-tr on newegg for $140 after rebate. the gts 450 was just released 2-3 weeks ago and the gtx 460 was 4 1/2 months ago. sooooo should i return the gts 450 and get the older gtx 460?

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a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2010 2:37:59 AM

Here is a Tom's chart if it helps:

CHART :) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2010 3:00:22 AM

The rule of thumb for that chart is you want to move up 2 levels to see a big improvement. Though 1 level can be okay too (close inspection).

Edit: this is wrong, see ct1615 below
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a c 235 U Graphics card
December 8, 2010 3:35:59 AM

EXT64 said:
The rule of thumb for that chart is you want to move up 2 levels to see a big improvement. Though 1 level can be okay too (close inspection).


you mean that is your rule thumb and a minority one since the chart's author states otherwise

"You can use this hierarchy to compare the pricing between two cards, to see which one is a better deal, and also to determine if an upgrade is worthwhile. I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance."
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a b U Graphics card
December 8, 2010 3:46:09 AM

That would just be me forgetting the rule of thumb :lol: 

Though in my defense, I do think a GTX460 1GB (two tiers up) is a very good replacement for a 4850, especially when OC'ed.

When I upgraded I did 4850 -> 5850/470, which was a superb improvement.

My apologies for the error, it has been a long semester.
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