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Only have $260 bucks to spend. 2 GTX 465 or 1 6950

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August 6, 2011 7:30:13 PM

I have a set up for SLI so question is what should I get 2 GTX 465 or 1 6950.


2 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any help is appreciated.
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 8:12:00 PM

Don't get GTX 465... I've heard it's a very unstable card. 460s, if at all. Your PSU looks fine, and it should handle 6950 or SLI 460/465s without any problems. I'd say, get a single 6950 or a GTX 560 Ti now and later you can add a second one, if you'll need to.

Can you post the rest of your specs? What resolution will you be playing at?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 8:15:11 PM

How old is the PSU?

The GTX465 SLI is more powerful than a single 6950 but their are many drawbacks.The GTX465 SLI will create a ton of heat and use a lot of power for the small performance gain over a 6950.I would reccomend getting the 6950 for the better DX11 support and the improved crossfire scaling.Some day when you have the money you can always add another 6950 for crossfire which is way more powerful than a GTX465 SLI.

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 9:45:45 PM

Don't buy the 465, i know from my own experience it is a unstable and very unreliable card. After 1,5 years of mostly frustration ( crashes, booting problems etc ) it just died on me ! ( GTX 465 = downgraded unstable 470 )
It is a nice card though ( specially in Sli ) when you want to use your pc as a heater.
Maybe get the 6950 2GB. Or two 6850 and overclock them to 6950.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 10:52:05 PM

That's a really good deal.And i've seen that card in the benchmarks and it does very well at cooling considering it's from HIS.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2011 1:25:48 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

This is a better card for a couple of reasons..

From experience with both, the Sapphire card is cooler and runs quieter. They both come with the free Dirt3 Game, but at lease the Saphire card does not look god awful butt ugly. I mean seriously? What were they thinking putting a color like that.

Go with the sapphire instead and get another down the road when it starts to struggle.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 7, 2011 1:32:08 AM

Yeah, and the sapphire has got copper pipes ; i really loooooooooooooooove copper. Copper in the morning, copper in the evening. COPPER RULES !!!!!!!! :love:  Love copper !
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August 7, 2011 1:59:16 AM

I agree. The GTX465 is quite unstable and it is also not that fast.

For your budget, I'd recommend the GTX560 (non Ti) or 6950
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2011 2:40:26 AM

if you can afford it your on the right track.......instead of those 465's(the gpu that should have never been) go with 2x 460's in sli....they'll smoke a 6950(single anyway) and in most cases perform right on par (and better sometimes) than a single 580!!!
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2011 4:22:14 AM

yeah id have to say the HIS is the best choice right now on the EGG for a 6950...


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August 7, 2011 4:29:03 AM

I use this specific 6950... It is clocked a littler higher than a standard 6950 and runs very cool and quiet. Has been a pleasure to own so far and performs VERY well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They just had a rebate on it for $249 which is what I got it at... Darn looks like it ended.

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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2011 4:53:10 AM

yeah but for 300 its not worth it^
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:34:48 PM

Been 2 days since the OP has posted this question with no replies from him/her.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 3:56:35 PM

^Yes, doing the same as I am off today, then going for a run!
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:09:15 PM

sounds very nice! Ha yeah vegas isnt exactly cool but def not as much humidity as where youre at. Yeah 1.5 miles in the heat with dogs is pretty darn good. Im gonna try to bust out 2-3 outside if I can :)  I'm enjoying no kids :)  have a good one!
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:10:26 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322394-33-what-gtx465...

Same topic from last week. HD 6950 was the conclusion.

GTX 465s are perfectly stable if you can keep them cool and have enough power, I have a palit and an EVGA in SLI and run them both at 830 core 1780 mem and never crash. I still wouldn't recommend them for most people because they are hot, noisy and use alot of power.


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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:22:22 PM

^+1 yeah for the OP the finest 6950 they can find
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:35:18 PM

true but it seems like everyone is crying about not having to 2 gigs of VRAM, "well jeez the gtx 570 is just so slow bc it only has 1.25 GB of vram", what clowns; most of these people don't even own a graphics card anywhere near this performance so how the hell would they know?

You can get a gtx 570 for cheap these days AR and for that matter you can get a gtx 560ti for 220-230 or less
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:36:00 PM

benski said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322394-33-what-gtx465...

Same topic from last week. HD 6950 was the conclusion.

GTX 465s are perfectly stable if you can keep them cool and have enough power, I have a palit and an EVGA in SLI and run them both at 830 core 1780 mem and never crash. I still wouldn't recommend them for most people because they are hot, noisy and use alot of power.


It probably depends on your luck then, i had an 465 with enough power from the psu, temps were doing about 77 and still i had a lot of problems and it died on me after just over one year so . . .
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 4:37:02 PM

^as I understand it they were hit or miss but def not something to buy new at this point in time, there are simply way better options
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 5:11:48 PM

560 Ti or 6950 (which lets you unlock it to 6970, as far as I'm aware)... then add a second one in a year (will probably cost $100, lol) or half a year or upgrade to a totally new card. That's what I did/will do - nothing better for $250 range, IMO.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 5:30:22 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
It probably depends on your luck then, i had an 465 with enough power from the psu, temps were doing about 77 and still i had a lot of problems and it died on me after just over one year so . . .

That sucks, probably not too common though or they would be pulling them all off the shelves as to not have to deal with all the warranty returns. You can find horror stories with any model card, everyone was bitching about the 570s and 580s burning up when they came out, but a few defective cards is not always indicative of the entire product line.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 5:40:21 PM

Quote:
and FYI.
the GTX 465 was and is second rate piece crap from nVidia.
I'm glad 'robjordy' is happy with his but unless you paid LESS for them than a pair of GTX 460's it's a bad move.
the exception to the rule is the GTX 465 that ROM flashes to the GTX 470,
then that would be a winner..
but that's not a 100% guarantee of it flashing..
example:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/180?vs=161


The 465s with 10 chips that can flash to a fully functional 470 are all gone from retail stores. The GTX 465 is a 480 with about 1/3rd of the shaders crippled, as opposed to only 10% being crippled with the 470, so it's definatly second rate, but for $130 bucks you won't find anything faster.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 5:56:07 PM

Quote:
and FYI.
the GTX 465 was and is second rate piece crap from nVidia.
I'm glad 'robjordy' is happy with his but unless you paid LESS for them than a pair of GTX 460's it's a bad move.
the exception to the rule is the GTX 465 that ROM flashes to the GTX 470,
then that would be a winner..
but that's not a 100% guarantee of it flashing..
example:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/180?vs=161


Euh . . . hello malmental, i was NOT happy with it. It died after one year so . . . ? If you quote me do it right then please.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 6:22:12 PM

For clarification I'm the one that is happy with his 465s, but I still wouldn't recommend them.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 7:56:59 PM

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I do apologize...
I'm off work today and smoking some good green.... :whistle: 
Really, my bad.

You're Dutch, where do you live, I was just in Amsterdam.?


No problem, it's only that i really hate ( kill it, kill it ! ) that card so i wouldn't anyone like to think i like it, that's all. ( it was fast though, but i think because of all the frustration, it did cost me one or two years from my life )
And, probably because i'm Dutch, i know the good greenfields yeah, they're lovely, aint they.
I live in Oost-Souburg, a small town near Vlissingen ( Flushing ), far, far away from Amsterdam ( nothing in Holland is really far away but still.)
Bet you had a nice time with the Dutchies in A'dam then.
Green dreams 4ever ! :bounce: 
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August 29, 2011 7:18:47 PM

jjb8675309 said:
yeah but for 300 its not worth it^


Agreed if it was $300, but it is $259 and the rebate came back really fast :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 8:59:29 PM

^still too high (price wise) :)  nuggets
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