Which is better? GTX 460 SLI or GTX 580

I have a chance at a good deal on a GTX 580 and I currently run GeForce GTX 460 SLI. Here are links to both please tell me which would be better and how much. Thank You.

GeForce GTX 460 SLI
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=01G-P3-1363-KR&family=GeForce%20400%20Series%20Family&sw=

GeForce GTX 580
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=015-P3-1580-AR&family=GeForce%20500%20Series%20Family&sw=
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  1. Quote:
    depends.

    power consumption / power supply
    heat
    motherboard
    case

    on pure performance wise the SLi GTX 460's are slightly better than the single GTX 580.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/314?vs=305
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Enthusiast-Index,2674.html

    some complain about SLi and micro-stuttering.
    when actually it's a non issue especially with both identical GPU's..


    PSU: 700W Silent Pro Cooler Master
    Mobo: Sabertooth 990FX
    Case: NZXT Phantom
    CPU: AMD FX 8120 OC 4.5Ghz
    Ram: 8g Corsair Vengeance 1600spd
  2. Performance wise, as the article i link states, the 460 SLI is better. However, they are also louder, hotter, and more power hungry, so you will need to consider that.

    EDIT: i see that MALMENTAL touched on this a little also.
  3. it's a no brainer. the 580. although benchmarks might give similar numbers there's more to games than fps and some people seem not to want to admit it.

    and if you were in a position to spend that money on a 580 why not just go for the 680 ?
  4. 2x460's smash a single 580 in frame rate.

    But on some games you will be forced to drop to a single 460 in order to play it smoothly, as poor SLI support is quite common (Skyrim is a prime example - get ready for stuttering and bad scaling).

    Also as the other have mentioned it requires more power and cooling - a 700w PSU is pushing it for a SLI set up with those 4th generation cards.


    So, in conclusion 2x460's are better but sometimes you might regret it.
  5. If you already have 460's up and running a 580 won't boost performance much. If you want a single card get a 680 or whatever Nvidia comes up with.
    That's what I'm waiting on. My SLI'ed 460's are just fine for now at 1920x1080
  6. kelthic said:
    Performance wise, as the article i link states, the 460 SLI is better. However, they are also louder, hotter, and more power hungry, so you will need to consider that.

    EDIT: i see that MALMENTAL touched on this a little also.

    Actually GTX 460 are not loud and hot at all in fact they are among Nvidias most cool and quite cards ever.
  7. Quote:
    well I have and I can't complain...

    965BE @ 4.0GHz (usually 3.8GHz)
    GA-990XA-UD3
    8GB DDR3 1600MHz
    SLi N460GTX Hawks
    700-watt power supply
    Antec 300 Illusion (3x120mm, 140mm fans)
    dual 1080p monitors

    would I trade them for a GTX 580, probably yes for an EVEN TRADE.
    (1.5-2GB) version GTX 580 in-particular.

    I don't experience 'micro-stuttering' and I actually scale quite well.
    the thing is however, this isn't my gaming unit and just my main box.
    and that too (gaming unit) is an SLi unit...

    http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m529/malmental/IMG-20120319-00022.jpg

    How silent are you GTX 460s and how many frames do you get in BF3 and Crysis 1 ?
  8. Quote:
    Actually GTX 460 are not loud and hot at all in fact they are among Nvidias most cool and quite cards ever.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4008/nvidias-geforce-gtx-580/17 I stand corrected, i was comparring them with the 470/480 sli configs I've seen. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-sli-geforce-gtx-480,2694-10.html

    sorry about that!
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