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Geforce gtx 550ti vs Galaxy gtx 460 768

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October 29, 2011 9:02:42 PM

Hello,
I need a new video card. I have a Dell studio xps 435MT i7-920 2.66 GHz computer with 12GB ddr3 sdram.

I am looking at best buy and I think its between the Geforce GTX 550ti from Nvidia part#900-1105-2500-000
and a Galaxy geforce gtx460 with 768mb.

I bought them both stuck them in the machine and right now I run wow and star craft. I am not sure but I expected the 460 to wow me over the 550ti but it doesn't seem to. I know that i have read on this web site it seems people like the 460 over the 550ti. is there something I might be missing? I have a 600ps so I know that's not an issue. Is there another care you all would recommend over those two? I plan on playing diablo III as well when that comes out. I would like all three games on the highest setting.
October 29, 2011 9:06:48 PM

I don't know how to really check frame rates and things like that but it seems the 550ti is getting a higher frame rate than the 460 768 in the game world of warcraft. but I could just be checking that on the game mecu at differnt times and its not very scientific the way I am spot checking frame rates.
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October 29, 2011 9:07:36 PM

GTX 460 786mb > GTX 550 Ti.
Overclock that GTX 460 and you'll see the difference.
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October 29, 2011 9:16:23 PM

A 768mb GTX 460 should be approximately 20% faster than the GTX 550 Ti at high resolutions if both cards are at reference speeds. Both cards are often sold with factory overclocks which could affect things.
SC2 is very CPU dependent and WoW can be so as well depending on what is going on in the game at a particular moment. Especially if you are using a low resolution you may not see much of a difference between the two cards you are talking about in those games.
Here are some numbers for SC2 on a GTX 480 for an idea of the best you can expect in that game from that processor;
http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan...
I'd say to OC the CPU but on a Dell that isn't possible. Overclocking the cards is possible though and recommended.
BTW Best Buy usually has pretty terrible prices. I recommend ordering from Newegg instead.
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October 29, 2011 9:33:08 PM

yummerzzz said:
GTX 460 786mb > GTX 550 Ti.
Overclock that GTX 460 and you'll see the difference.



is it easy for an oldman to do something like that? The box says its factory overclocked. When I am running wow on max settings I was seeing alot of 60fps alot more often on the 550ti then I am seeing on the 460 768. though to be fair I am just spot checking fps from time to time.
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October 29, 2011 9:37:34 PM

I would assume that who made the cards have nothing to do with it. they are all pretty much the same? the 550ti made by nvidia words as well as joe blow's 550ti card and same goes with the 460 768.
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October 29, 2011 9:45:25 PM

the only difference I can see so far in sc2 is that texture quality wants to be set at high not ultra because the card only has 768 and not 1m of video ram. I would assume diablo III would have the same issue with the 768.
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October 29, 2011 10:27:50 PM

Use FRAPS to check frame rates.

As the other two said, the 460 is a better card.

I'm just curious, if you had enough money to buy a 550 Ti and a 460 768MB, why didn't you just buy something like a Radeon HD 6950/6970 or a GTX 570?

Or buy two 550s or two 460s run them in SLI?

...Or send one to me :p 
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October 30, 2011 12:37:32 AM

drop your settings related to the graphics in the game then push it back up. Do you see a major fps difference?
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October 30, 2011 12:56:53 AM

ojas said:
Use FRAPS to check frame rates.

As the other two said, the 460 is a better card.

I'm just curious, if you had enough money to buy a 550 Ti and a 460 768MB, why didn't you just buy something like a Radeon HD 6950/6970 or a GTX 570?

Or buy two 550s or two 460s run them in SLI?

...Or send one to me :p 



lol I am taking one back for sure! I just wanted to see if I could figure out which one was better. I really went back to buy the 460 768mb only because of what I have read here on this site. I made a mistake getting a dell cause there is NO expansion in it at all. only one slot for a video card as it is. The only reason I am doing this is my old video card died. figured I should get one that could run wow, sc2 and diablo III at thier highest setting. If I really had money to blow I think that 570 would be the one to get that would solve all my debating.
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October 30, 2011 5:34:26 AM

What resolution are you using?
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October 30, 2011 6:21:10 AM

^+1
At what resolution are you playing at?
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October 30, 2011 10:36:37 AM

ahh i see. exactly, i was like, just pop in a 570! lol.

^+1 then, what's the reso?!

and one more thing. you say "it'" is overclocked. WHICH one is?

if the 550's clocked up and the 460 is on reference clocks...i don't think you should see a difference then (again resolution and quality will have a role to play) unless you OC the 460, since Nvidia intended the 550 to replace the 460 junior.
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October 30, 2011 12:20:46 PM

I am running wow and sc2 at the highest setting I can pick from in the menu. both are at 1920x1080.

I have another question if yes the 460 is faster and a better card overall. Will the 768 memory on the card bite me later? In StartCraft one of the settings of texture quality wants to be set at high not ultra because the card only has 768 and not 1m of video ram.

Is that an issue at all as I look towards Diablo III?


I have all the settings in wow set to ultra, the highest setting. If I hang my mouse over each of the settings it recommeds a one lower setting instead of the ultra setting I have picked.

I guess I should put my monitor on here... its a dell S2409W 24 inches but I guess the max resulotion is only 1920x1080. maybe I need a better monitor as well.
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October 30, 2011 8:17:14 PM

The lesser video memory isn't as likely to be an issue as the weaker gpu in the other card.
Your monitor is fine.
Don't go by the recommendations. Try it and see.
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October 31, 2011 3:08:40 AM

Your monitor is good. You don't need to upgrade that.
More VRAM only comes useful when you're playing at really high resolutions.
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