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no i am not thinking about folding. I just trust evga.

I will go for the 460 then. my friend has it in an old ddr1 dual core athlon 2.2GHz hook up and he runs Crysis at highest settings at 75+ fps. 1600 x 900 res. its pretty awesome.

actually more like 50+ in heavy combat. still aweosme
Edited by Darqside - 5/15/11 at 11:38pm
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Nope. Multi card setups share memory in a way similar to HD Raid setups. Data is mirrored on each card's VRAM. So with 2x 2GB cards, you'd only have 2GB of addressable VRAM in any given application.
so one cards vram is made useless?
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460 is way better in performance.
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The GTX460 is a decent amount faster than the GTX550 Ti (it is after all 336 shaders vs 192 shaders). I wouldn't bother with a 2GB version in this segment. You are paying more money for no real performance benefit. Does your motherboard support both Crossfire and SLI, or only SLI. Personally you would probably have a hard time finding a second new card, one or two years down the road. I'd just get the fastest card you can afford now.
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doesnt more ram mean less load times? i want to cut down on load times. i dont really care for having more than a smooth 60-70 fps with one card at high settings. i am going for 1920 x 1080 resolution screens.
The GPU has nothing to do with load times. That's mostly a hard drive or DVD drive limitation. If you want faster load times, get an SSD.
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doesnt more ram mean less load times? i want to cut down on load times. i dont really care for having more than a smooth 60-70 fps with one card at high settings. i am going for 1920 x 1080 resolution screens.
No, it doesn't help at any of that. At 1920x1080, 1GB of VRAM is definitely enough. I'd recommend you get the Radeon HD 6870 instead. It's 15% faster than the stock GTX 460 and costs $200. If you want NVIDIA, get the EVGA GTX 460 SSC+. It's the same speed as the stock Radeon HD 6870 and costs $10 less.
    
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The GTX460 is a decent amount faster than the GTX550 Ti (it is after all 336 shaders vs 192 shaders). I wouldn't bother with a 2GB version in this segment. You are paying more money for no real performance benefit. What is the native resolution of your monitor? Also does you motherboard support both Crossfire and SLI, or only SLI. With that information I might be able to make a better recommendation. Personally you would probably have a hard time find a second new card one or two years down the road. I'd just get the fastest card you can afford.
I just want the 2GB. I hear it cuts down on load times, not really an FPS issue. I said the monitors I will buy along with the card are 1920x1080 NR, and my motherboard supports both crossfire and SLI
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I just want the 2GB. I hear it cuts down on load times, not really an FPS issue. I said the monitors I will buy along with the card are 1920x1080 NR, and my motherboard supports both crossfire and SLI
No. 2GB of VRAM does not cut down on loading times. If you want lower loading times you need to get either a faster HDD or an SSD. VRAM is the card's frame buffer, and for 1920x1080 1GB of VRAM is enough. Don't bother with 2GB cards.
    
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I just want the 2GB. I hear it cuts down on load times, not really an FPS issue. I said the monitors I will buy along with the card are 1920x1080 NR, and my motherboard supports both crossfire and SLI
Then get the GTX 460 then. I dont know where you are hearing these things about load times but its not correct (for the third time).
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so one cards vram is made useless?
Technically, no... each card stores all of the data needed to draw each frame in its own memory. It's still being used, just not additively.
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