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post #1 of 11
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i may possibly be acquiring a gtx 295 off a friend for free and i really have no idea on what i should do with it.

Should i use my gtx 460 with the gtx 295 processing the physx
or should i do it vice versa and used the gtx 460 for physx?

if not, what else should i use it for? is the 295 good for folding?
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The 295's are beasts for folding. I'd do that.

You could use it as PhysX, but it'd only use one core to process it, so it'd be a bit of a waste. Don't use it as a primary card.

Be warned though, if it's dual PCB they are very hot, and very loud.
    
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post #3 of 11
A 295 will be more powerful than your 460. They're ~=480 in terms of raw processing power.

Unless you play a lot of DX11 titles, you'd be better off using the 295 as your main card and the 460 as a physx card.
post #4 of 11
I'd sell it. Use the money for a single GPU physx card or whatever you'd like.

Maybe even sell both and get a 570-580 depending on what you get for those cards.
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yeah i was considering on selling it, the only way i could use it for folding was if i got a pci-e extender cable, as my 2 pci-e ports are right next to each other, and my current gfx card is a dual slot card.
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post #6 of 11
This question has been asked before here:
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/923969-gtx-460-vs-gtx-295-a.html

GTX295 will perform better than GTX460:
http://www.hwcompare.com/8252/geforce-gtx-295-vs-geforce-gtx-460-1gb/
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/168?vs=180

But this performance advantage comes at the expense of noise, heat, power consumption and lack of DX11.

Since you will have the card for free, I say use it as the main card for a while to see if you like it, comparing with your experience of the GTX460 as the main card.

If you do not like it, just sell it and use the money to get another GTX460 to do SLI.

Edit 1:
I just look at your motherboard Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H. Its two PCIe slots are right next to each other, meaning a dual-slot card (GTX460 and GTX295) will occupy both and so you cannot use two dual slot cards on your motherboard!
So, I have to take back my advice of getting another GTX460 to do SLI. Instead, with the money from selling the GTX295, sell the GTX460 as well and get a GTX570/580 as suggested by Xenthos.
Edited by windfire - 5/20/11 at 2:25am
post #7 of 11
GTX295 is a very nice card. I would consider using it as something. Maybe have a folding rig or back up gaming rig?
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post #8 of 11
my 295 OC'd like crazy too... I would keep it with the 460 for physx... for now then get sell both next Gen.
 
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post #9 of 11
PhysX is so overrated, and 1 fast card can run physx perfectly next to a game.
How many games are you going to notice PhysX in to justify the extra heat, noise, power usage?
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The 295's are beasts for folding. I'd do that.

You could use it as PhysX, but it'd only use one core to process it, so it'd be a bit of a waste. Don't use it as a primary card.

Be warned though, if it's dual PCB they are very hot, and very loud.

I had two before, and relatively speaking, they're not beast for folding. Also, dual pcb version/single pcb version, no real difference in sound/heat. For physx, it's not the best use for it. Maybe use it as your main card and sell the 460.
    
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