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December 28, 2010 6:46:30 AM

My current card is an xfx radeon hd 4890 so is an upgrade to a gtx 460 768mb woth it.the only games I cannot max out are crysis and metro 2033 in which I have to play crysis at very high with no AA and metro 2033 at high for fluent 40 fps so if I upgrade to a gtx 460 will it allow me to ramp up the settings even more or will I have to play on the same settings with the gtx 460 768mb.Also in just cause 2 I have to play with object detail on high and ssao off.will the gtx 460768mb enable me to enable these options?Thanks in advance for ur help.My resolution is 1680X1050 the rest of the rig is
AMD Phenom2X6 1090t
6gb ddr3 ram

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December 28, 2010 6:51:11 AM

no sir, the gtx460 768mb nor the 1gb version wont play crysis/metro2033 maxed out. start with a gtx570/6950 for smoother gameplay and improved visuals.
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December 28, 2010 6:55:46 AM

wh3resmycar said:
no sir, the gtx460 768mb nor the 1gb version wont play crysis/metro2033 maxed out. start with a gtx570/6950 for smoother gameplay and improved visuals.

what I meant was in games such as just cause 2 I had to lower object detail to high and ssao off to get 45 plus fps so if I purchase the 460 768mb will it allow me to enable ssao and object detail very high.
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December 28, 2010 7:01:01 AM

The GTX 460 is only very slightly faster than the HD4890(about 5%) on average. It is not a worthwhile upgrade unless you give it a high overclock and really want to be able to use DX11. Specifically for Metro 2033 the GTX 460 768mb will actually perform worse when maxed out because the game needs a lot of memory when using higher settings and the DX11 features will cause a large performance hit.
Just Cause 2 has several Nvidia(CUDA) specific features, namely enhanced water effects and the "bokeh" filter but these will also give you a further performance hit.
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December 28, 2010 7:08:49 AM

what I meant was in games such as just cause 2 I had to lower object detail to high and ssao off to get 45 plus fps so if I purchase the 460 768mb will it allow me to enable ssao and object detail very high. said:
what I meant was in games such as just cause 2 I had to lower object detail to high and ssao off to get 45 plus fps so if I purchase the 460 768mb will it allow me to enable ssao and object detail very high.



what i meant by what i said too was for the actual upgrade to make the best sense, start with a 570/6950, and i thought you want to ramp up settings with crysis/metro2033 as well?

the good thing about the 460 though is it's overclockability.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/07/21/overclocking-nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-460/2

faster than a stock gtx470 when properly overlocked. good thing about this article is that the results is at the resolution you're playing at.

its a worthwhile upgrade from a 4890 if overclocked.
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December 28, 2010 7:11:02 AM

Rule of thumb for GPU upgrades....jump at least 2 tiers for an upgrade or you are going to feel like you didn't get much bang for you buck, and you will not be very happy with your purchase. If you have a 4890, I agree with everyone else here that a 460 is not a worthwhile upgrade for you. It's a great card for the money, but then, it doesn't cost a whole lot either, does it?
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December 28, 2010 6:27:26 PM

Worthwhile? We're talking about spending over 200 dollars for a 5-10% increase in framerates. Spend the money on another 4890 and crossfire that!
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