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GeForce GTX 550ti or GTX 460

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May 12, 2012 4:41:30 PM

Hi guys. so i wanted to know why is the GTX 460 better than the geforce 550ti. I can see a higher core clock and memory clock on the 550ti and it matches the clocks on a superclocked GTX 460. the only thing i found is that the 550ti has a 192bit memory BUS and the 460 has a 256bit memory BUS. please tell me what did i miss that makes the 460 a better card
May 12, 2012 5:14:13 PM

In order to determine the power of a card, you cannot look solely at the clocks. The clocks tell yo how fast each core int he graphics card is running, so if a card had 100 graphics cores at 800 mhz, it would be more powerful than a card with 50 cores at 600 mhz. In this case, the 550ti has 192 cores running at 900mhz, versus the 460 with 336 cores running at 810mhz. Without taking the shaders and other factors into account you can calculate the relative core power by multiplying the # of cores, by the core clock.

460: 336 x 810 = 272160
550ti: 192 x 900 = 172800

(This is not an exact nor precise representation of power, it is simple a visual aid)

That explains why the 460 is more powerful, if you have any more questions, I would be happy to answer them :) 
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May 12, 2012 5:27:27 PM

holykalo said:
In order to determine the power of a card, you cannot look solely at the clocks. The clocks tell yo how fast each core int he graphics card is running, so if a card had 100 graphics cores at 800 mhz, it would be more powerful than a card with 50 cores at 600 mhz. In this case, the 550ti has 192 cores running at 900mhz, versus the 460 with 336 cores running at 810mhz. Without taking the shaders and other factors into account you can calculate the relative core power by multiplying the # of cores, by the core clock.

460: 336 x 810 = 272160
550ti: 192 x 900 = 172800

(This is not an exact nor precise representation of power, it is simple a visual aid)

That explains why the 460 is more powerful, if you have any more questions, I would be happy to answer them :) 


Yes. your message for very useful to me. and i'm also sure that it will be selected as the best answer on this thread
May 12, 2012 5:38:50 PM

bigcyco1 said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-... The GTX 550 is meant to fill the gap between GTS 450 and GTX 460, which is does. Based on what I read in that review, and the small price difference, I'd go with a 460. ;) 


is the R 6850 worth getting instead of the GTX 460?
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May 12, 2012 6:12:17 PM

Lazar_99 said:
tnx :D  it will help me in my quest to find a decent gaming card
No problem my pleasure your very welcome! ;) 
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May 12, 2012 6:13:21 PM

Don't forget to select me as best answer lol kidding it's up to you.
May 12, 2012 6:13:50 PM

its more about witch games u prefer more both the rad 6850 and the gtx 460 are great cards but keep in mind only the nvidia one will let u use physx .... in any case for that price range both are great bang for buck as for the gtx 550 ti i rly don't like that card its sub par in price/performance compared to the otter two ... so if u wanna go 5x nvidia route got for at least a 560 or 560TI it cost more but u get more out of it ... in any case both the r 6850 and the gtx 460 are good deals oh and by the way if ur going to go for the 460 try to get a 256 bit version not the 192 bit one
May 12, 2012 6:22:28 PM

as33 said:
its more about witch games u prefer more both the rad 6850 and the gtx 460 are great cards but keep in mind only the nvidia one will let u use physx .... in any case for that price range both are great bang for buck as for the gtx 550 ti i rly don't like that card its sub par in price/performance compared to the otter two ... so if u wanna go 5x nvidia route got for at least a 560 or 560TI it cost more but u get more out of it ... in any case both the r 6850 and the gtx 460 are good deals oh and by the way if ur going to go for the 460 try to get a 256 bit version not the 192 bit one


Yes i'm aware that there is a 460 SE which has a 192bit memory BUS. My opinion on that and the 560 SE: stay away from them. oh and the only 460 worth buying now is the 1gig version
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May 12, 2012 7:33:01 PM

Just to help you out a bit. I have had my GTX 460 1GB since the week they were released over a year and a half ago and it still lets me max just about every game I play ay 1920 x 1080. Skyrim, Deus Ex, Far Cry / 2 Fallout 3 / NV, Dragon Age Origins / 2 ect. I orignally had this card paired with an E8400 overclocked to 4Ghz and it was great with that setup as well.

My card is overclocked to 840-1680-2000. I believe this is the same as a reference GTX 560. The GTX 560 is just a rebadged and highly overclocked GTX 460 1GB. It has been fine at these clock speeds since day 1.

I will probably upgrade when the GTX 660 / 660Ti is released.
May 12, 2012 7:37:32 PM

anort3 said:
Just to help you out a bit. I have had my GTX 460 1GB since the week they were released over a year and a half ago and it still lets me max just about every game I play ay 1920 x 1080. Skyrim, Deus Ex, Far Cry / 2 Fallout 3 / NV, Dragon Age Origins / 2 ect. I orignally had this card paired with an E8400 overclocked to 4Ghz and it was great with that setup as well.

My card is overclocked to 840-1680-2000. I believe this is the same as a reference GTX 560. The GTX 560 is just a rebadged and highly overclocked GTX 460 1GB. It has been fine at these clock speeds since day 1.

I will probably upgrade when the GTX 660 / 660Ti is released.


well i'm gonna buy either the 460 or the 6870 since i don't want to spend 200$ or more on a gtx 560 or when the 660 comes out
May 12, 2012 7:38:37 PM

anort3 said:
Just to help you out a bit. I have had my GTX 460 1GB since the week they were released over a year and a half ago and it still lets me max just about every game I play ay 1920 x 1080. Skyrim, Deus Ex, Far Cry / 2 Fallout 3 / NV, Dragon Age Origins / 2 ect. I orignally had this card paired with an E8400 overclocked to 4Ghz and it was great with that setup as well.

My card is overclocked to 840-1680-2000. I believe this is the same as a reference GTX 560. The GTX 560 is just a rebadged and highly overclocked GTX 460 1GB. It has been fine at these clock speeds since day 1.

I will probably upgrade when the GTX 660 / 660Ti is released.


well i'm gonna buy either the 460 or the 6870 since i don't want to spend 200$ or more on a gtx 560 or when the 660 comes out. i forgot to mention that right now i have a GT 240 1gb gddr5
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May 12, 2012 7:54:30 PM

Based on how good the GTX 670 that was just released is the GTX 660/660 Ti should be a very good cards. Much like the GTX 460 1GB and the 8800GT were amazing values for the price/performance they offered when new. I would guess that the 660 will be in the ~$200 range and the 660 Ti about ~$300. It might be 5 or 6 months before they come out though.
May 12, 2012 8:14:35 PM

anort3 said:
Based on how good the GTX 670 that was just released is the GTX 660/660 Ti should be a very good cards. Much like the GTX 460 1GB and the 8800GT were amazing values for the price/performance they offered when new. I would guess that the 660 will be in the ~$200 range and the 660 Ti about ~$300. It might be 5 or 6 months before they come out though.


might be but its over the limit i want to spend on a graphics card
May 12, 2012 9:31:01 PM

The 6870 is in my opinion, THE best bang for your buck graphics card wise. I can ahndle bf3 on ultra with my 6850, and the 6870 is substantially more powerful. If you are going to spend about 200$, that would be the best way to go. It all depends on what you are to be doing with your card. If you find the 6870 is overkill for what you are doing (watching movies, reading artcicles, homework, facebook etc.) then go with a cheaper card like the gt 460, and save your money. (Though it makes no difference, I shudder at the idea of being 2 generations behind)
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May 12, 2012 10:01:42 PM



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May 13, 2012 2:57:20 AM

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May 13, 2012 8:08:48 AM

bigcyco1 said:
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yes but i can't buy it from newegg
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May 13, 2012 10:12:36 AM

Lazar_99 said:
yes but i can't buy it from newegg
:hello:  Oh i apologize about that i didn't know so where can you buy from bud
May 13, 2012 11:18:16 AM

bigcyco1 said:
:hello:  Oh i apologize about that i didn't know so where can you buy from bud


well in my country its hard to find a GTX 560 let alone for 170$ you can find a HD 6850 here for 160$ not to mention that a 560TI costs 220$
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May 13, 2012 12:55:50 PM

Lazar_99 said:
well in my country its hard to find a GTX 560 let alone for 170$ you can find a HD 6850 here for 160$ not to mention that a 560TI costs 220$
well that sucks :(  but given your options i would get a HD 6850 ;) 
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