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Is a single 660ti better than two 460s?

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August 20, 2012 9:34:00 PM

I am currently running two 768mb (the 1gb were sold out way back when I ordered them) gtx 460s in SLI. They have treated me very well, being able to run almost every game I play on max settings with AA turned low or off. Mainly was playing WOW, BF3, and now GW2.

The reason I event went SLI in the first place was because my monitor is a 28 inch 1080p monitor running at 1920 x 1200 res.

My question is, would it be an upgrade to get a GTX 660ti single card as a replacement?

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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:07:12 PM

The only way to compare the two is to not compare the two in the same banchmark.

GTX 460 1GB SLI
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/314
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/25498-zotac-gefo...
GTX 660 Ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/43865-gigabyte-g...

Metro 2033 - 1920 x 1200 - DX11 Very High Quality + Analytical AA/16xAF
GTX 460 1GB SLI 40 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS
Crysis: Warhead - 1920 x 1200 - Frost Bench - Gamer Quality + Enthusiast Shaders + 4xAA
GTX 460 1GB SLI 61.9 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS 38.8 FPS
Aliens vs. Predator 1080p 1920 x 1200
GTX 460 1GB SLI 54 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS 45.4 FPS
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:11:19 PM

They are the 768 mb models, maybe 25-30 % ?
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:21:10 PM

Simple Logic:
2x GTX 460 in SLi >= GTX 580 but limited to 1 GB VRAM
GTX 660 Ti > GTX 580 with more VRAM
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:23:46 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
They are the 768 mb models, maybe 25-30 % ?
Yeah maybe i can't find anything trying to find benchmarks with 460's in SLi and then benchmarks for 660 Ti, and could find hardly any for the same games.
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a b U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:40:55 PM

I think they will perform about the same, (I myself used to 768mb 460's for quite a while) You will be able to bump the AA up a bit more with the 660 though.
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a b U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 10:52:38 PM

bigcyco1 said:
The only way to compare the two is to not compare the two in the same banchmark.

GTX 460 1GB SLI
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/314
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/25498-zotac-gefo...
GTX 660 Ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/43865-gigabyte-g...

Metro 2033 - 1920 x 1200 - DX11 Very High Quality + Analytical AA/16xAF
GTX 460 1GB SLI 40 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS
Crysis: Warhead - 1920 x 1200 - Frost Bench - Gamer Quality + Enthusiast Shaders + 4xAA
GTX 460 1GB SLI 61.9 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS 38.8 FPS
Aliens vs. Predator 1080p 1920 x 1200
GTX 460 1GB SLI 54 FPS
GTX 660 Ti 47.5 FPS 45.4 FPS


Actually GTX 660 Ti runs Crysis Warhead in full Enthusiast, not only the shaders, through the comparative between GTX 460 Sli and GTX 660 Ti isn't valid.
Alien vs Predator runs at 4xAA/16xAF in GTX 660 Ti and 2xAA/8XAF in GTX 460 SLI.

I'm just pointing all this to say that the GTX 660 Ti it's stronger than it looks in these results you posted.
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a b U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 11:00:44 PM

rule of thumb I ran with is that 460 / 560 (non ti) in sli are close to a gtx 580 overall. The 660 ti is a bit better than a 580 but not worth an upgrade if you have a 580 imo. Where they (SLI 460s) fall down is in AA. I would not move from a 460 sli to a 660 ti. I would go with a 7950 card from where you sit tho. It will not suffer from the bandwith gimp of the 660ti as new games come out.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 11:02:14 PM

vitornob said:
Actually GTX 660 Ti runs Crysis Warhead in full Enthusiast, not only the shaders, through the comparative between GTX 460 Sli and GTX 660 Ti isn't valid.
Alien vs Predator runs at 4xAA/16xAF in GTX 660 Ti and 2xAA/8XAF in GTX 460 SLI.

I'm just pointing all this to say that the GTX 660 Ti it's stronger than it looks in these results you posted.
good point i missed that
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 11:55:10 AM

I made this upgrade. Except it was 2 1gb 460's in sli. It is Definatly worth it. Beside the GTx 660 getting better frame rates in every one of my games, there is also many other benifits. The 660 has the ability to run higher resolution and use higher AA. Also TXAA which was not available on te 460's. Beside that, much better heat. That was an unbelievable change I noticed. The 669 overclockd like a beast, better even than the 460s. Finally, the 2gb VRAM. And it is faster. Much faster across the board. Block speed and ram. Honestly, the lower bandwidth on the 660 has not been an issue. And u can easily overclock the memory to 7000 ghz EASILY.
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