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2 GTX 295 in Quad SLI Vs 2 GTX 460GTX SLI

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May 31, 2012 10:10:22 PM

I did some freelance work over the weekend and got a PC as part of my pay it is running redhat EVGA X58 I7-950 and Dual GTX 295's in QUad SLI I have had a single 295 before I know they are HOT I was considering tossing W7 u64 on it and calling it a Media Room computer / Lan Machine for my gamming nights when the wife just has to join the fun do you think a paid of 460 in SLI would be a worthwhile swap or should I just toss new fans on the 295's and call it good?

and just for Giggles anyone got a WEI score for 2 295's in Quad SLI (Yes I know a wei score and a 1.29 will get you a small coffee at arby's but I was just wondering)

a c 291 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 10:26:44 PM

You'll probably get max WEI score (7.9). I would not upgrade to dual 460s. Check the temperatures before getting fans - they might be running reasonably okay :) .
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a c 87 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 10:34:02 PM

Two GTX 295s in quad SLI should be a lot faster than two GTX 460s in SLI.
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a c 255 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 10:35:46 PM

A single GTX 295 is quite a bit more powerful than a single GTX 460. So 2 should maintain at least most of that lead over 2 GTX 460s in Sli although I would imagine the 460s scale better overall.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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May 31, 2012 11:03:46 PM

Was only asking because I have little cash in the system, and even know 295's are selling used on ebay for the cost of a new 460 refurb was looking toward future proofing this machine for a year or two.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 11:16:49 PM

You could sell your 295s and get a Radeon 7850. Those can be overclocking monsters if you get the right brand and model. You'll save a lot of money from the reduced power usage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This can be bought for about as much money as you would make by selling two GTX 295s on Ebay. It is one of the good overclockers, is almost silent, comes with two free game copies totaling $110 in free games, and could save you as much as $150 to $250 per year on electricity compared to two GTX 295s, possibly even more if you game a lot and/or overclocked those 295s. Overclocked to meet the quad SLI GTX 295s in performance, the power savings isn't quite as high, but it's still huge. This also leaves room for Crossfire later on.
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May 31, 2012 11:24:32 PM

I am Green to the core but I guess I could get a refurbed GTX 580 would even that be an upgrade (Not so much worried about the power bill)
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a c 87 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 11:27:48 PM

That's a little unfortunate... Now is not a good time to buy Nvidia unless you're willing to buy a GTX 670. I'd wait until Nvidia gets mid-range Kepler cards out before upgrading. I personally own two GTX 295s and recommend the Radeon 7850 OCed over them, but if you want Nvidia, then the GTX 670 is the best option. You might not care about power draw, but it can be surprisingly expensive.
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May 31, 2012 11:28:18 PM

belezeebub said:
Was only asking because I have little cash in the system, and even know 295's are selling used on ebay for the cost of a new 460 refurb was looking toward future proofing this machine for a year or two.

Even a single 295 is sufficient for any single monitor gaming. If you are not too heavy on it, you can sell 1 of the 295 & save the cash for a purchase 2 year down the road. That will cut the heat caused by GPU in half while addressing your future proofing concern. 2 years from now, whatever card in the market at the 460 price range today should be more powerful. So I think that is better futureproofing than giving up both 295 altoghether & buying 2x460.
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May 31, 2012 11:30:29 PM

two 580s? yea i assume your PSU is a 850 or better correct?

If yes then: two 580's and temps won't be bad either

If no: then keep the 295 until able to upgrade
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May 31, 2012 11:40:58 PM

blazorthon said:
You might not care about power draw, but it can be surprisingly expensive.


Trust me I know,

I have a 1320 Gallon Salt Water Reef tank in my Living room that is the vast majority of my 400 a month Power bill.





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May 31, 2012 11:51:10 PM

Rockdpm said:
two 580s? yea i assume your PSU is a 850 or better correct?

If yes then: two 580's and temps won't be bad either

If no: then keep the 295 until able to upgrade



I can get 300 for the pair so it would be a single 580 GTX I don't have any real cash into this system like I said I got it as part payment for my time for a weekend I spent freelancing for a Local shop that needed some work done, its a pretty good system 12g ram I7-950 ecga X58 MB and dual 295's not bad for 20 hours work and I got 400 bucks cash under the table to boot.

my deal with my wife is as lone as it isn't money our of our budget I can spend what ever I want on my "other girlfriend" (My computers and Fish) she is pretty good about it wouldn't trade her for all the IB in HIllsboro.
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June 1, 2012 6:11:59 PM

Best answer selected by belezeebub.
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