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Sli gtx 460 vs. a New card

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April 6, 2011 8:36:47 PM

I recently posted a thread on whether gtx 460's 768mb would be good for a nvidia surround. If I were to do this I would have to upgrade my psu which would cost etleast $70 on top of the price of the card. Could I sell my gtx 460 keep my power supply (585w) and buy a much better card not necessarily for surround or eyefinity (but it would be nice)

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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 8:42:05 PM

What exactly are you asking?

What type of PSU do you have?(name/model)
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 8:43:18 PM

What power supply unit are you speaking of? 768MB really isn't very good for nVidia Surround, are you to play games?
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April 6, 2011 8:43:59 PM

I am asking if for about the same price of getting another gtx 460 and a new power supply could i get a single card that is or almost as powerful as the 2 gtx 460's.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 8:51:38 PM

You can run dual GTX460's with that PSU.Your fine...
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April 6, 2011 8:53:23 PM

Oh... well that makes the decision easier. Thanks for the info.
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April 6, 2011 8:53:32 PM

Best answer selected by g8orboy11.
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 9:06:16 PM

Still, 768mb of vRAM is very small for nVidia Surround technology.
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April 6, 2011 9:16:14 PM

I was just going to go with a couple 1440 x 900 monitors just for the fun of it which they wouldn't have that much trouble with considering that resolution is close to 2560x1600 which works with most games with reduced settings. Otherwise I will just use it on one monitor.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:12:27 PM

For anything over 1600x900 you will need a 1G card.You will drasticly loose performance because of it.

Are you planning on gaming with the 3 monitors or just other stuff?
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April 6, 2011 10:18:22 PM

I am going to use them mostly to multitask but I am expecting to play older games on them. I will try it out and the games I can play, I will play, the games I can't, I won't. Do you have any better suggestions?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:29:49 PM

No,thats what i would mostly do if i had a eyefinity setup.My single 6870 can't handle such high resoultions.Even with corssfire it still takes a toll.You need some serious hardware to play new games at that resoultion.I was getting really good FPS in Battlefield 2,that is definitly doable with a sli gtx460,infact i think you can manage COD Black Ops with that SLI setup.
I find it dizzing to play RTS with a multi monitior setup.I would avoid it,just a warning.

Even if you did manage to sell your GTX460 and go for a single card like the GTX560 or so the GTX460 sli would still beat a single card.

I'm not sure if it's the clocks or the RAM that gets decreased when you SLI the same cards with more RAM.I know for sure the clocks of the higher card will be decreased to meet the slower card but i'm not sure about the RAM.You should ask a question about it.Anyway look into getting the 2G GTX460 when it is time to buy the other GTX460.The extra RAM will certainly help out a lot.
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April 6, 2011 10:33:14 PM

Yah the performance jump is close to double with the gtx 460 which is worth the upgrade for me in one screen.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:34:49 PM

Minimal decrease in clocks if any at all.

Which version gtx460 do you have?
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April 6, 2011 10:36:52 PM

"I'm not sure if it's the clocks or the RAM that gets decreased when you SLI the same cards with more RAM.I know for sure the clocks of the higher card will be decreased to meet the slower card but i'm not sure about the RAM.You should ask a question about it.Anyway look into getting the 2G GTX460 when it is time to buy the other GTX460.The extra RAM will certainly help out a lot."

I am pretty sure the two cards are not even compatible but i will start a thread about it later and see if anyone can answer it.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:39:09 PM

Not sure about Nvidia as much as ATI but i've always thought cards from the same series you can crossfire.With the Nvidia cards isn't it the same card only?Only difference between them is the amount of RAM.

Definitly start a post about that to get it clarified.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:46:07 PM

Thats a really good version.

The deal they have going on $120 after MIR and free shipping.I would get that if i was you.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:47:50 PM

Have you started O.C.ing it yet? The Direct CU should allow you to get a high O.C.
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April 6, 2011 10:48:10 PM

I know and I am really scared that with the 560 non-ti coming out they are going to stop manufacturing gtx 460 all together so I know I have to buy one soon.
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April 6, 2011 10:52:18 PM

Yah the overclocking is insane on those things. I get at least a 10-20% increase in performance when overclocking.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 10:55:11 PM

On the other hand they may not stop produicing them and the prices could drop even more.The GTX460 is still a really good card i don't see why they would stop making them.Some companies still make the 4850 and thats ancient.
Is the GTX560 no ti going to be more powerful or less?
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a c 271 U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 11:18:09 PM

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