I was looking to purchase a Gtx 460 1gb since the prices have steeply dropped lately. I have until 12/31/10 to decide what one to buy. I just recently realized that the new gtx560 will be comin out soon and I'm so confused on way to do.
I don't need a gfx card until the new sandy bridge comes out because that is when I will be building a new computer.
The question is:
Should I purchase a Gtx 460 now because of the deals, or wait until the Gtx 560 comes out? (and if I should get a 460, which is the best price/performance/warranty)
My friend picked up a Palit 1gb GTX460 the other day for about $130 after rebates from the Microcenter here in NY. 2 months ago or so they dropped the price on it to about $170 after I'd gotten my GTS250 for about $120.
I'm currently putting together parts for my upcoming build and depending on how much it releases for I'm gonna probably skip the 460 and go straight to the 560. From what I've read it seems like it'll probably be in the $225 - 250 or so range. Depending on Tax returns I might get 2 of them
Graphics cards are getting very competitive; you mostly get what you pay for.
1) Is a GTX460 class card going to be what you need for your resolution? If it is not, then you paid too much.
2) GTX560 is rumored to launch Jan 20. Will you be bothered if you have to wait two weeks after the sandy bridge launch on Jan 9?
3) I think I would get a GTX460-1gb version now if it will suit you and you get a good deal. Get one from EVGA. They have a 90 day "step up" program that lets you trade in your purchase later at full value on a better card. That way, you lock in your option to go either way. Read the details on the EVGA web site.
Thanks for the replies so far. Are any of the 460 gfx cards listed on the step up page good? Just curious
If you think you might want to use the step up program, read all the details carefully first. Check the FAQ and forums.
1) You need to register your card to be eligible. 30 days I think.
2) Eligible cards need to be of the lifetime warranty kind. I think these are the TR suffix models.
From a cooling point of view, I would not get anything but the EE (external exhaust) versions.
Other vendors may have fancy coolers, but they just dump heat back into the case where case coling has to deal with it. That causes increased temperatures for both the graphics card AND the cpu.
I feel like a noob, but pretty much any EVGA Lifetime Card will work with the Step-Up program?
It really is a hard choice. Build my computer and then send the 460 in or wait until the 560 is out and use my 6 year old gfx for 16 days? Conundrum >.<
Read the fine print carefully. I know about the program, but I have not used it. There may be a limitation on high demand new products. You can ask a question in the forums for a more authoratative answer.
I am in somewhat of the same situation. My PC gets shipped off to my son who needs one now, and I am left with a laptop, and a GTX580 waiting for the new build.
In your case, go ahead and build, using your old graphics card. You can then make an informed decision about a GTX560 or whatever. Deals on current GTX460 will not go away that soon. You might even take your time and look for something like a GTX480 on e-bay; there should be some sellers who are upgrading to GTX580.
if the gtx560 performs on par or better than the 460, you can expect the price to be much higher. The gtx460 is still a very good card for the price and isnt that old. i bet the 560 will be a rebadged version of the 460.
GeForce GTX 560 being prepped
By Hilbert Hagedoorn, December 22, 2010 - 10:33 PM via tpu
It seems that NVIDIA has been sitting and waiting on AMD to release the 6900 series cards and now will introduce a GTX 560 to target the Radeon HD 6950. According to expreview the GTX 560 is a GF104 chip, it is redesigned to allow high-clock speeds with lower power draw. And we all know that one shader cluster (SM) was left inactive on that series. The screenshot suggest a GF110 by the way.
The GeForce GTX 560 would 384 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface that connects to 1 GB of memory. The new GPU has bolstered high GPU clock speeds, with 820 MHz core, 1640 MHz CUDA cores, and 4000 MHz (GDDR5 effective) memory, churning out 128 GB/s memory bandwidth. The GTX 560 is expected in January, 2011, all this is speculation, of course.
i doubt that the gtx 560 will be faster than hd 6950... i think gtx 560 will be priced competitively against hd 6870 while still perform behind but closer to hd 6950... if gtx 560 is going to be faster than hd 6950 which is perform on par with hd 5870... that means gtx 560 will not be sell cheaper at what hd 6950 price can offer... and ultimately... even a full fat gf104 can beat cypress xt gpu... its very impressing....