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GTX 460, 192 bit, 256 bit, 512 bit?!?!? AHHH!

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November 5, 2012 4:20:53 PM

So I was shopping around for a gtx 460 for my new build for a friend and I noticed some gtx 460's are 192 bit, 256 bit, and 512 bit, (however I think the only 512 bit was the 2win, and the only 192 bit was the 768MB version.) So what does this all mean and is it even relevant to performance?? Thanks!
November 5, 2012 4:26:20 PM

The 512 bit is actually a lie since it is two cards in one meaning it is actually a 256 bit bus and can only ever go at 256 bit since it has to match the other 460 in the 4602win.

I would honestly go with a 660 ti since that has better performance/cost/heat/power than the 460 2win.
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November 5, 2012 4:33:01 PM

I would not go with a 460 GTX... What is your price range?
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November 5, 2012 4:57:36 PM

I've got 2 in SLI (a lil overclocked too) and they run great, albeit with a custom fan curve, which doesn't bother me. I wonder how the single board SLI 2Win version compares to my setup, but I tend to agree with the other posters above...

try to put the newest technology card you can afford in the build
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November 5, 2012 5:21:48 PM

FYI if you are going to buy a 460, i have the 192 bit version that is 768 MB, it is pretty good, and would be between a 550 and 560 for performance, but the 256 bit with 1GB is faster and closer to a 560 in performance.

Both overclock well and are pretty good. -- of course there are other cards on the market that are newer/faster,, but I'm still not looking to replace my card,, I haven't played a game that I play that it won't run maxxed out (but I don't have too many new FPS,, but I'm sure it will still hold its own with some of the settings lowered, depending on resolution,, if you play on a 720p TV, like me, I'm sure most settings would still be maxxed)
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November 5, 2012 6:11:52 PM

My budget is $100 and in the past I've been an Nvidia fan but idk if you guys have better ideas lemme know.
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November 6, 2012 1:24:17 AM

maybe you can look for 7770. btw what is the cost for 460 that you able to find?
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November 6, 2012 2:11:01 AM

The gtx 460 is 100 bucks for a 1gb card. I heard the 460 is better than a 7770 and like 20 bucks cheaper from what I've seen
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November 6, 2012 2:16:12 AM

ArcticWonder said:
My budget is $100 and in the past I've been an Nvidia fan but idk if you guys have better ideas lemme know.


Brand is your if you have a preference. The companies are pretty even right now. If you watch sales closely you should be able to get either a AMD 7770 or a GTX 650 for about $100.

Here is a GTX that was on sale today listed on techbargains (but you will probably miss this). More sales will appear shortly if you watch for them.
EVGA Geforce GTX650 1GB Video Card $84.99AR Free Shipping after rebate. Tax in CA, NJ, TN. This is about $25 less than the next reputable vendor. 384 CUDA cores clocked @ 1058MHz; PCI-Express 3.0(x16); (1) mini-HDMI; (2) DVI $10 rebate Exp 11/30/12
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November 6, 2012 2:18:57 AM

ArcticWonder said:
The gtx 460 is 100 bucks for a 1gb card. I heard the 460 is better than a 7770 and like 20 bucks cheaper from what I've seen


Nope. Did you look at the article I linked above? 7770 is a step above the 460.

Also I just realized that the card I posted above is the nerfed 650. Still probably a good deal though.
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November 6, 2012 2:49:10 AM

7770 is better than 650 but perform below 650 Ti. 7770 are mote like 6850/460 in performance
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November 6, 2012 4:00:55 AM

shell out some more money & buy 7850 or gtx 660 would be better for future
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November 6, 2012 4:11:15 AM

renz496 said:
7770 is better than 650 but perform below 650 Ti. 7770 are mote like 6850/460 in performance


650 Ti is about as little future-resistant as a card can get for its price. Pump up the detail a little and it's only slightly faster than the reference 7770 (not enough to see the difference). If someone wants to go Nvidia, then they might as well shell out for the 660. At least it's a more balanced card.
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November 7, 2012 2:33:32 AM

I'm not trying to "shell out", I have a budget I have to meet. If the 7770 is better than the 460, I'll definitely consider it. But on my budget even the $25 difference is big.
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November 7, 2012 4:00:07 AM

ArcticWonder said:
I'm not trying to "shell out", I have a budget I have to meet. If the 7770 is better than the 460, I'll definitely consider it. But on my budget even the $25 difference is big.


The 7770 should be cheaper than the 460 while being the better card for you right now. Do you have odd pricing where you're looking or something like that?
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November 7, 2012 1:16:08 PM

Hey there Arctic!

Yes we are all in agreement! 7770 is the sweet spot at this price point.

This is a great deal:
XFX 7770 Core edition for $99 after MIR with 2 free games.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Te...

XFX is a great brand. I can vouch for their customer service - last time they honored a rebate I sent in 2 weeks late.
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November 7, 2012 1:17:52 PM

blazorthon said:
The 7770 should be cheaper than the 460 while being the better card for you right now. Do you have odd pricing where you're looking or something like that?

@ Scan.co.uk the cheapest 460 is £10 cheaper than the cheapest 7770, so your statement does not hold true across the entire planet that the internet encompasses.
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November 7, 2012 2:00:41 PM

Mousemonkey said:
@ Scan.co.uk the cheapest 460 is £10 cheaper than the cheapest 7770, so your statement does not hold true across the entire planet that the internet encompasses.


That's why I asked...
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November 7, 2012 2:17:00 PM

blazorthon said:
That's why I asked...

It was the assumption that it should be cheaper that I question, aside from the fact that it isn't why should it be?
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November 7, 2012 2:39:01 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It was the assumption that it should be cheaper that I question, aside from the fact that it isn't why should it be?


Of course I assume that it should be cheaper because it has the lower MSRP AFAIK and it's cheaper everywhere that I've looked myself (granted that's not much). I accounted for the possibility of it being different by asking if OP had odd pricing. There's nothing wrong with what I said to address beyond giving proof of some places having such odd pricing.
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November 7, 2012 2:46:19 PM

http://www.overclock.net/t/1268889/which-140-gpu-gtx-46...

Doesn't appear that the 7770 is any better than than the 1gb 460. It does consume less power if that's important to you. If you do get a 460 I would stay away from the crippled 768mb model unless it's under 80 bucks and you really need to save the money.


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November 7, 2012 2:51:13 PM

benski said:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1268889/which-140-gpu-gtx-46...

Doesn't appear that the 7770 is any better than than the 1gb 460. It does consume less power if that's important to you. If you do get a 460 I would stay away from the crippled 768mb model unless it's under 80 bucks and you really need to save the money.


It's not that simple. There are 192 bit 1GB models too, not just 192 bit 768MB models. Any 192 bit model is a little crippled in memory bandwidth compared to the 256 bit models, not just the 768 MB models.

EDIT: Also, those are some old benchmarks. I wouldn't count on using them unless they're all that we have available. I'll take a quick look and see if I can find any current tests (with current drivers, of course) have any of the GTX 460 models.
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November 7, 2012 2:55:43 PM

Oh yeah I forgot about the SE's. Yeah make sure it's not one of those.
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November 7, 2012 8:52:01 PM

Good point on pricing disparities between countries/resellers. I made a USA assumption that was probably premature.

7770 doesnt have any of those bit and memory distinctions though. Another reason its easier to recommend and buy. :-)
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November 7, 2012 9:03:22 PM

deadlockedworld said:
Good point on pricing disparities between countries/resellers. I made a USA assumption that was probably premature.

7770 doesnt have any of those bit and memory distinctions though. Another reason its easier to recommend and buy. :-)

Fair point,well made. ;) 
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November 9, 2012 10:41:26 PM

-_- alright I'll probably go with a 7770, but the question is does it use more or less power than the gtx 460?
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November 9, 2012 10:53:03 PM

it use less.
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November 10, 2012 1:36:13 AM

The 7770 uses far less power than the 460.
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