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2x GeForce GTX 460 SE vs. 1x Radeon HD 6870

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June 27, 2011 11:47:52 PM

Building a new rig primarily for gaming. Want to support two screens. Haven't quite decided in between an i3 2100 and i5 2400 as far as CPU goes, but with GTX 460 SE on sale for $100, was wondering if anyone had an opinion on going with two of those in SLI for $200 versus one Radeon 6870 for $160. Obviously I'm okay with the price difference, but included as a reference as far as bang for buck goes. Thanks in advance.
June 28, 2011 12:24:29 AM

id get the i5 2400 if your not overclocking, around here alot of people love the i5 2500k. also link to the 460 se for that price?
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June 28, 2011 12:45:47 AM

Yeah, if I shell out the extra for the i5, might as well go for the 2500k, it's just going to take another hour or two until I resign myself to spending the extra money. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-...

Via a rebate, but for that price, I'm not opposed to waiting/bugging them to actually send it.
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June 28, 2011 1:55:49 AM

I'm in a similar debate with myself. The i5 unlocked offers an insane amount of value given how far it can overclock over stock. 30% - 50% performance increase for no extra money on a chip that already screams at stock is nothing to sneeze at.
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June 28, 2011 2:08:17 AM

i would get the i5 with the 6870. you then have the opportunity to add another 6870 later, with 2 460 se's you cant just add in another later.
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June 28, 2011 2:28:43 AM

That is, in fact, what I ended up doing as I realized that the 460s were energy guzzlers and two of them would have forced me to find a more expensive PSU as well. Thanks for the advice!
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June 28, 2011 4:15:07 AM

I'd like to hear more opinions on this and your results. I had the exact same question and I ended up going with the twin 460's. I wouldn't be able to afford a second 6870 anytime soon anyways and I couldn't get an answer about what would give me better performance so i went with a gut feeling. I'll have my rig up and running on Friday and give my impressions here.


What would be a good way for both of us to benchmark our systems?
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this Superclocked version was only $10 more so I went for 2.

Obviously the builds will differ but what is the closest way to directly compare the two different GPU setups>?
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June 28, 2011 5:27:27 AM

GTX 460s in SLi equal a 580. The SEs are probably about a 570. You can overclock the 460 SEs to 580 levels in SLi.

A single SE can be overclocked to ~5850/6870 according to HWC.

The 460 draws about as much power as the 6870 max load.

I wouldn't pay $150 even for an overclocked SE. There's the Palit for $130 on the egg.
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June 28, 2011 8:42:33 AM

Standard 460(1gb) is $119 at Newegg....

No reason to choose the memory bus crippled SE to save only $20.....
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June 28, 2011 8:49:52 AM

mdd1963 said:
Standard 460(1gb) is $119 at Newegg....

No reason to choose the memory bus crippled SE to save only $20.....

The memory bus is not crippled. It is also a 256 bit interface though the RAM runs slightly slower. The RAM can be clocked to the same speed or even faster than the standard 460. There are 48 less processor cores in the SE version. For $130 shipped before rebates it is a better deal than the regular 1GB which is $150 plus shipping before rebates.
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June 28, 2011 2:50:11 PM

if you are looking at 1 GPU vs 2 for similar performance, always go with 1 as you will have less chances to have SLI/Crossfire issues with games,,,also less power draw and you can always add another card later

as for CPU i would say 2400 is good for your setup with 2 screens, i doubt you are going to game on both at the same time though as the center of your screen would always be in the bezel,,, otherwise i would opt to go with a 3 screen setup and the 2500K with z68 board if you are looking to game on multiple screens. you are opening a whole can of worms when gaming on multiple screens as you should be looking with most powerful setup you can. --- your best bet may just be to purchase a large screen 1080p tv and game on there,, you won't need to spend as much on equipment and you'll have the big tv to boot.

also in regards to the 460 line,,,, it is the 768 that has the crippled memory bus,, SE has less shaders,, tradeoff is the 768 is better at lower resolutions and SE at the upper end, but i would go with 768 as i doubt you are going to rock a 30" screen with 460's anyways
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June 28, 2011 6:21:32 PM

monkeysweat said:
if you are looking at 1 GPU vs 2 for similar performance, always go with 1 as you will have less chances to have SLI/Crossfire issues with games,,,also less power draw and you can always add another card later


The 460 SEs crush the 6870.
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June 28, 2011 6:32:17 PM

browsingtheworld said:
The 460 SEs crush the 6870.

they would, for sure,,, however for the CPU horsepower being considered may be quite a mismatch i3 2100 is good, but don't think that good.
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