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Hey everyone. I love my GTX460, but I want to be fully prepared for upcoming games like BF3 and Skyrim (+ mods!).

According to benchmarks, two GTX460 1GB in SLI is better than a GTX570, with nearly the same noise level. I could add another GTX460 for $125-150, or sell my current one and get a GTX570 ($300-$100 for my GTX460) for $200.

Seems silly to pay more for less, no? But my worry is the amount of memory. Is 1GB going to be enough moving forward? I see a bunch of 1.3GB, 1.5GB, and 2GB cards out there, and I know SLI doesn't stack memory so I'd still have 1GB.

Thoughts?

(I'm getting a new mobo/case/psu so I don't think space/power is an issue)
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At 1080p, it shouldn't be a problem...if your worried, two GTX 560 Ti's with 2Gb would handle more textures.
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
At 1080p, it shouldn't be a problem...if your worried, two GTX 560 Ti's with 2Gb would handle more textures.
If only VRAM doubled in SLI/CF...

I too am worried about the mods for skyrim being consuming as hell.
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Crysis Warhead maxed used about 820MB of VRAM when I benched.
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if you are going to be playing at 1080p then you are not going to have any issues with the 1GB of VRAM. Now think about this tho....GTX570 now.......and you can add another one later on down the road and of your mobo supports it hell a 3rd one too

Maybe you wont go 3way with the GTX570s but my point is future proofing your choice. If you get another 460 then thats it untill you upgrade both cards for the bigger better cards. And the SLI GTX460s perform on par with the GTX580 not the GTX570

here are some charts of the SLI GTX460 vs the GTX580 at 2560X1600

http://www.pakgamers.com/forums/f24/...460-sli-76127/
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1 GB is enough for 1080p. Getting a GTX 570 for ~300MB more memory in sacrifice for the power of GTX 460 SLI is definitely not worth it. I don't think that I need to mention that the reference GTX 570s like blowing up.
    
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I think the 460 SLI would last me quite a while. I don't see many games on the horizon that it won't run pretty flawlessly. I'd be perfectly fine with upgrading to a single card at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 if there's games that require it (STALKER 2? )

Now I just gotta find a proper mid tower that'll fit 'em!
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There's a handful of games that goes above 1GB at 1080p. If you wish to be future proof 1GB cards is not the way to go.

Of course this can be avoided by changing settings.
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There's a handful of games that goes above 1GB at 1080p. If you wish to be future proof 1GB cards is not the way to go.

Of course this can be avoided by changing settings.
Well I'm not exactly trying to future proof. This would just be a cheap upgrade to make sure BF3/Skyrim run smooth as butter on high/max. If there's games that come out late next year that need more power I could just sell the pair of 460's for like $150 and shop for a new single card.
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i really doubt SLI 460s will run BF3 butter smooth on high/max settings lol

but we wont really know! I would wait for some benchmarks of the games that you want then make your desicion after that
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