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Hi everyone. Just built a new rig (2600k on p8p67 deluxe) with a new psu corsair ax850. On my old rig I only had a 400w so i stuck with the 460 768mb but as i now have a 30" monitor (2560x1600) and i'm looking for a third monitor (27" for photo editing) I'm wondering if I should go SLI or sell the 460 and buy a 580+cheap single slot fanless card.

The reason i ask is because I also have a pci-x1 raid card in slot one on the P8P67 and a PCI sound card in slot 6.
I measured it and I COULD fit the sound card in between two MSI 460 cyclones but it'd be tight.
Case if fortress FT-02B and i have the fans tuned down to 500rpm because noise is an issue. If i got a 580 it'd be the galaxy model with accelero attatched and take up 3 slots.

I don't do a LOT of gaming and actually mostly just team fortress 2 and minecraft occupy my time but i do like to play the generic military big dumb shooters sometimes because they're fun.

I know the numbers are close but i'm just wondering what everyone's opinion is on power consumption/noise/ futurability of such a rig I know 460 is starting to become an 'old' video card by now.
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Hi everyone. Just built a new rig (2600k on p8p67 deluxe) with a new psu corsair ax850. On my old rig I only had a 400w so i stuck with the 460 768mb but as i now have a 30" monitor (2560x1600) and i'm looking for a third monitor (27" for photo editing) I'm wondering if I should go SLI or sell the 460 and buy a 580+cheap single slot fanless card.

The reason i ask is because I also have a pci-x1 raid card in slot one on the P8P67 and a PCI sound card in slot 6.
I measured it and I COULD fit the sound card in between two MSI 460 cyclones but it'd be tight.
Case if fortress FT-02B and i have the fans tuned down to 500rpm because noise is an issue. If i got a 580 it'd be the galaxy model with accelero attatched and take up 3 slots.

I don't do a LOT of gaming and actually mostly just team fortress 2 and minecraft occupy my time but i do like to play the generic military big dumb shooters sometimes because they're fun.

I know the numbers are close but i'm just wondering what everyone's opinion is on power consumption/noise/ futurability of such a rig I know 460 is starting to become an 'old' video card by now.
850w is plenty for even 580 sli.

the 460 sli will outperform the 580, with the scaling being almost exactly 2x in some games:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...0-sli-review/6
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This is a no-brainer. 768MB is not (consistently) adequate for 2560x1600, and putting cards in SLI doesn't increase the effective memory capacity because the same data has to be mirrored into the memory of both cards.

For this scenario you should sell the 460 and get one of the following, depending on budget: GTX470/570/480/580. The HD6950 and HD6970 are also very worthy options for 30" monitor resolution.
    
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This is a no-brainer. 768MB is not (consistently) adequate for 2560x1600, and putting cards in SLI doesn't increase the effective memory capacity because the same data has to be mirrored into the memory of both cards.

For this scenario you should sell the 460 and get one of the following, depending on budget: GTX470/570/480/580. The HD6950 and HD6970 are also very worthy options for 30" monitor resolution.
Yes, but it depends on how much performance per dollar he wants. Now, if you SLI'd two 2gb 460's..........that would be insane.
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Yes, but it depends on how much performance per dollar he wants. Now, if you SLI'd two 2gb 460's..........that would be insane.
Agreed, SLI 460 (or 560) 2GB models is also a very viable option for 30" monitor resolution
    
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6970 CF all the way! 768MB gets eaten up quickly at 1080p.
Edited by Anthraxinsoup - 5/7/11 at 1:39pm
    
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My one problem with 460 2GB would be noise. My Msi cyclone is modded to run @ 30% and i find that to be silent but anything 40% and above is not that tolerable at least at idle.
Yeah the only game i can run reasonably with the 460 right now is team fortress 2 which is a very old game these days.

Would 2 1GB 460 models be fine? Msi sells cyclone models of those that are on sale often. They're easy to bios mod and are very quiet, i'm sure much quieter than the wind tunnel stock heatsinks.

Other option is 580 and some single slot card. Downside would be that'd be even more expensive than 2 460s and take up 3 slots +more room in case+ likely more heat. Or ati but I haven't had an ati card in a while and there doesn't seem to be many alternative coolers around.

asus 6970 triple slot directcu ii looks nice though
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My one problem with 460 2GB would be noise. My Msi cyclone is modded to run @ 30% and i find that to be silent but anything 40% and above is not that tolerable at least at idle.
Yeah the only game i can run reasonably with the 460 right now is team fortress 2 which is a very old game these days.

Would 2 1GB 460 models be fine? Msi sells cyclone models of those that are on sale often. They're easy to bios mod and are very quiet, i'm sure much quieter than the wind tunnel stock heatsinks.

Other option is 580 and some single slot card. Downside would be that'd be even more expensive than 2 460s and take up 3 slots +more room in case+ likely more heat. Or ati but I haven't had an ati card in a while and there doesn't seem to be many alternative coolers around.
AMD cards are great now. 6970s scale better than 580s now. The 460 1GB would be great and max everything out with ease. The 6970s are sexy and I don't want to go back.
    
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AMD cards are great now. 6970s scale better than 580s now. The 460 1GB would be great and max everything out with ease. The 6970s are sexy and I don't want to go back.
Proof of that please
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AMD cards are great now. 6970s scale better than 580s now. The 460 1GB would be great and max everything out with ease. The 6970s are sexy and I don't want to go back.
Even with better scaling two AMD 6970's isn't better performance than two GTX 580's. Drivers also improved for scaling on the GTX 580 with the last update. The price is lower for the AMD 6970's however, so it's up to the OP if the extra money is worth the extra performance. It was and is for me.
     
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