Closed Second 460 vs. single 6950? Tags: Graphics Cards Gtx PCI Express Graphics Last response: December 27, 2011 9:21 PM in Graphics & Displays Share KirkR December 27, 2011 10:45:28 AM So, I currently have an msi GTX 460 Hawk. I was wondering which configuration would show better performance: SLI GTX 460 1GB x2 OR Radeon 6950 1GB x1 Also, will a PCI-E x16 2.1 card work with a PCI-E x16 2.0 slot? Thanks! ~Kirk More about : 460 single 6950 refillable a c 169 U Graphics card December 27, 2011 10:50:46 AM Comparison here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/314?vs=331 There you can see GTX 460 SLI is faster, so when you add another GTX 460 you will get a faster performance than changing your card to a single 6950. Just make sure you get the exact same card (to make sure that the SLI works) and also be sure that your motherboard support SLI (recommended ar 8x/8x, 16x/4x is fine, but will decrease performance). So at the end of the words SLIing is better than changing to a single 6950. Hope this helps and as always have a good day . KirkR December 27, 2011 10:52:33 AM The same exact card as mine has been out of stock for months, but isn't it alright to mix and match manufacturers as long as the GPU is the same? My motherboard will be fine, it runs x16/x16 Thanks for the speedy response! Related resources 460 sli vs 6950 - Forum GTX 460 768 MB SLI vs HD 6950 - Forum 6950 vs 2x 460 's - Forum Single card HD 6950 OR SLI nvidia card - Forum 6950 2gb high idle temperature vs 1gb - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer gooseta December 27, 2011 10:53:14 AM Agree with refillable. It's kinda obvious, 2 cards > 1 card, even though the 6950 is a bit more powerful Best solution jyjjy a c 377 U Graphics card December 27, 2011 10:56:09 AM refillable said:Just make sure you get the exact same card (to make sure that the SLI works) and also be sure that your motherboard support SLI (recommended ar 8x/8x, 16x/4x is fine, but will decrease performance) You don't need the same "exact" card to SLI, just the same card. There are no 16x/4x SLI boards. Nvidia requires both slots to be x8 for certification. @OP: SLIed GTX 460s easily beat a single HD6950 and especially so if they have a high OC like you should have with the MSI Hawk. KirkR December 27, 2011 10:58:41 AM Thank you all, very useful information. Looks like I'm buying a second 460. Have a nice day everybody :3 KirkR December 27, 2011 10:59:11 AM Best answer selected by Kirkr. jyjjy a c 377 U Graphics card December 27, 2011 11:17:48 AM While you don't need the same exact model realize you WILL actually want to run the cards at the same speeds on both the gpu and memory for best results. KirkR December 27, 2011 3:39:42 PM I thought the faster card would automatically lower it's clock and memory speeds to match the lower card? That's what I heard at least. I have one more question, too. I was about to order my new card, when I noticed that the memory interfaces were different. My current card has a 256-bit memory interface, and the new EVGA card I'm buying to go with it has a 192-bit memory interface. Will the two cards still be compatible? If so, will I encounter many issues or decreases in performance? n-dru December 27, 2011 4:21:55 PM Not much of a generational difference between then 460 and the 6950, so SLI is your best bet. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumDual EVGA GTX 460 's vs Single GTX580 w/3GB Memory ForumCF 6950 s vs . SLI 560 Ti - Which to choose? Forum460 gtx vs 6870 ForumAti 6870 vs nvidea 460 ? ForumI5-2500K VS . AMD 6950 ForumDual gtx 460 s vs . gtx570 (future sli) ForumAsus gtx560ti directcuII-broken ForumMy second display is black/white ForumGTX 460 SLI Compatability ForumRadeon 6950 Help ForumGTX 460 Sonic Platinum VS GTX 470? ForumNvidia gtx 460's problem (SLI) ForumEVGA GTX 460 2win No signal Forum[Solved] 1gb 6950 HD Radeon ForumSLI Compatibility Question - GTX 460's More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !