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Which is better? GTX 460 SLI or GTX 580

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April 1, 2012 10:41:09 PM

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-P3-136...

GeForce GTX 580
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=015-P3-158...

More about : gtx 460 sli gtx 580

April 1, 2012 11:04:23 PM

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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...

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
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April 1, 2012 11:07:29 PM

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.
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April 1, 2012 11:07:54 PM

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 ?
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April 1, 2012 11:18:32 PM

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.
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April 2, 2012 2:20:09 AM

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
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April 2, 2012 2:34:21 AM

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.
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April 2, 2012 2:37:49 AM

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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 ?
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