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post #11 of 34
another vote for the sli 285's here.
It will outperform the 460 except for the dx11 deal but thats not too much of a deal-breaker says the guy with sli 295's

Plus 2 cards looks way cooler even if its actually hotter heh

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Edited by bob808 - 5/4/11 at 11:41pm
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with my new experience with sli... i recommend getting a single high end card over dual or more medium range cards. I found that i am extremely sensitive to micro stuttering and it's just something that's painful for my eyes to watch.

It will be inevitable with multi gpu configs :\ get that single 460
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post #13 of 34
Considering the five games with DirectX 11 support and the fact that any new games are going to have DirectX 10 regardless of if they have 11 or not, the 285's will offer considerably more bang for the buck (not to mention performance). The Fermi's are heat and watt monsters too, too inefficient.
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post #14 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by 8-Ball;13387551 
DX11 is kinda overrated right now.

Minimal difference.

Only some games support it.

Get the dual 285s.

Yet it IS nice to have.

Personally I say get two of the 5850 Xtreme cards on Newegg. biggrin.gif

I wouldn't buy a pair of two generation old cards unless the prices were super low. Like, for instance, $100 or less as the 768MB GTX 460 model matches the GTX 285 without a problem.

I know this is the Nvidia portion of the forum but wherever I can potentially help someone save money, I will do such. Due to this, I recommend the 5850s on sale for $140 new with warranties. CrossfireX with two of those will yield results in excess of any SLI configuration for the same prices with the same benefits.
     
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post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by tweaker123;13387563 
nope. forget the gtx 285's. much more heat, much more noise, much more power comsumption. not worth it. go with the single gtx 460, and in the future you can pair it up with another gtx 460.

power isnt everything people. heat, power comsump, noise matters also. and future upgradability also matters. i would much rather have 2 gtx 460's in the future, than 2 gtx 285's at the moment. getting the gtx 460 is the smarter choice.



The amount of heat that builds up in your case is a result of how good you cool your PC so in this case it is irrevalent.

Yes the dual cards are louder on idle and at load but after all you are getting about a GTX570 range of power..

As for upgrdability.. the fermi is only 1 generation ahead of the 200... And if all go as plan we should be seeing the 600 series in less then a year.. And since DX11 hasnt gone mainstream i think he will be fine with the 285s for a while..

As for SLI its not perfect but its still good.
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post #16 of 34
2xGTX 285 will be faster since 1x285 = 1x460 so I guess your best bet would be SLI.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by badatgames18;13387965 
with my new experience with sli... i recommend getting a single high end card over dual or more medium range cards. I found that i am extremely sensitive to micro stuttering and it's just something that's painful for my eyes to watch.

It will be inevitable with multi gpu configs :\ get that single 460

I am the owner of the rig mentioned first in this thread, adamxatomic, is doing some research for me.

I have a core2 quad q9550 (stock 2.83ghz) with 4gb (2x2) ocz 1200mhz ddr2, and a gigabyt3 EP45-DS3R mobo.

As far as I can tell my mobo does not support SLI. I am going to be building an i7 rig with a proc i got from a friend, a i7 960 or 965, idr. And prob spend about 200-240 on the mobo and 120 on ram (3x4gb 1600). And at that point i could buy another gtx 460 for about 100. (in like 3 months).

Currently in my rig i have a 9800gtx+ 512mb. And am mostly satisfied with 30 fps average on 2nd to highest settings in games, doesnt do AA of AF very well though frown.gif

I am more interested in future proofing my rig, I care about the little stuff in game effects, such as dust, light, smooth edges, fine details, water physics. DX11 is all about the little effects. I am happy with 40+ fps in 1080p (I play on a 52" plasma tv (please no tv comments or discussion)).

I am looking forward to playing duke nukem forever and mass effect 3 and diablo 3 in dx11. As for games coming with DX11 support at launch, most of them are not, however within a month almost all new games come out with patches for the game to support DX11. for example, crysis 2.

Any aditional info? If I get the two gtx 285s, i will put them in a lanboy air case. with my q9550 setup.
Edited by Jrageddes - 5/6/11 at 12:00pm
post #19 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jrageddes;13406285 
If I get the two gtx 285s, i will put them in a lanboy air case. with my q9550 setup.

yup, my mobo for my current setup does not support SLI.. And I will not be building my i7 rig for a lil bit so there is really no point in having a single gtx285 in my q9550 rig that doesnt do dx11 support later on, i would use the other gtx285 in my secondary computer (medium end core2 duo 4gb setup, used for daily computing and light gaming.) I only use my q9550 rig in my living room right now for gaming, and my secondary for light gaming and online work (95% of my computer time).

So any more points to sway me to or from the gtx285s?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jrageddes;13406285 
As for games coming with DX11 support at launch, most of them are not, however within a month almost all new games come out with patches for the game to support DX11. for example, crysis 2.

Just to make sure you have a clear understanding, if in fact Crysis 2 comes out w/DX11 patch, it will actually be the ONLY game to have ever done so (that I'm aware of, and I'm pretty aware of what goes on in the PC gaming world wink.gif). It's definitely NOT the case that games regularly get DX11 support patches after they come out.

I'm too confused about your plans to make a good recommendation about what to get, but 2x285's for $150 is one hell of a deal, and obviously in SLI will crush a single 460.
    
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