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First time switching from AMD to Nvidia. I have a HD 6950 right now and am selling and moving to Nvidia for multiple reasons. Have some questions.

1. Is this card alot better than my 6950 or hardly a diff?

2. Do dual GPU cards work for folding@home?

3. Does Nvidia have any big known issues while trying to game on dual GPU?

4. Is this a good card?

this seems like best price performance for my budget of $380, but learned to always ask on OCN first.
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Dual gpu cards typically aren't worth it for F@H, and many [gtx 590] [gtx 295] have had a myriad of issues with long term folding, but yes the card will "work".

The card doesn't seem like a worthwile upgrade IMO. IIRC, the 460 is locked to 2-way sli, so you don't have any upgrade option whereas you could tri/quadfire those 6950s if you ever wanted to, or do a 6990/6950 trifire..

I don't know off the top of my head, but if the card is 2 full fledged 460 gpus, then it will surely outperform the 6950, but the 6950 runs for around 270.. lol.

if folding is a primary concern, why not get 2 560tis? after rebate you'll have spent around 400 if you buy evga, and you'll get over gtx 580 performance and great folding capability!

edit: didn't read that you're going nvidia. Regardless, I would say the card isn't worth it. 2x 560ti will run you like 50-60 more before rebate and after it's almost the same in price, but in performance it's waaaay ahead. 560tis can't do tri/quad sli either though.. :s

also, is vram an issue? if not NBD but if you need the 2gb of 6950 vram, going down to 1gb may hurt high res gaming if you're above 1080p
    
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1. The dual GTX 460 will offer more performance than the HD 6950.

2. Yes they work, but it takes some extra configuration to work correctly with multi-gpu setups.

3. Just the usual imperfect scaling and whether or not games have proper SLI profiles. No real glaring issues over Crossfire.

4. It's a good card but I would go with the GTX 570 instead. You'll get slightly better performance, no headaches of SLI or dual gpu configurations (!!!), and it is a bit cheaper ($350). In addition the GTX 570 will run cooler and quieter if that matters to you.

Also if you are willing to send in rebates and wait on deals, you could grab two GTX 560 Ti's for $400 which will give probably a ~10 - 15% performance boost over dual 460's and ~5 - 10% over the GTX 570.
Edited by Talon95 - 6/18/11 at 9:22am
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1. The dual GTX 460 will offer more performance than the HD 6950.

2. Yes they work, but it takes some extra configuration to work correctly with multi-gpu setups.

3. Just the usual imperfect scaling and whether or not games have proper SLI profiles. No real glaring issues over Crossfire.

4. It's a good card but I would go with the GTX 570 instead. You'll get slightly better performance, no headaches of SLI or dual gpu configurations (!!!), and it is a bit cheaper ($350). In addition the GTX 570 will run cooler and quieter if that matters to you.

Also if you are willing to send in rebates and wait on deals, you could grab two GTX 560 Ti's for $400 which will give probably a ~15% performance boost over dual 460's and ~5% over the GTX 570.
5% over a 570? lol wut?

2 560tis at stock outperform a 580. you can overclock a single 560 to pass up a 570, and it's not fair to say "you can OC a 570" because unless you get an aftermarket pcb/vrm solution [570 lightning] you can barely oc the card safely. Where are you getting 5-10% over a single 570 from? lol

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...s-gtx-580.html

the 560sli doesn't just beat the 580 by a bit, it handly mops the floor with it in many benches.
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Barely OC the card safely? That's why I've ran it up to 880MHz safely... The VRM issue is massively overblown until you attempt to get higher clocks on water cooling by pushing 1.1 - 1.2v. Then it certainly is a HUGE issue.

But yeah you're right, two 560 Ti outperform a 580, for whatever reason I thought they were equal. I just never think that dual gpu cards are worth the headache... Myaswell spend the extra $100 and go with a 580 to avoid driver and SLI problems.
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Barely OC the card safely? That's why I've ran it up to 880MHz safely... The VRM issue is massively overblown.

But yeah you're right, two 560 Ti outperform a 580, for whatever reason I thought they were equal. I just never think that dual gpu cards are worth the headache... Myaswell spend the extra $100 and go with a 580 to avoid driver and SLI problems.
^^ this is also an option, although I wouldn't say it's worth it.

@OP, a single 560ti is within a few percent and sometimes better than a single 6950, is there any reason why you could go single 560ti or single 570 if you wanted?
    
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I agree. Single 560 Ti is pretty much equal to the 6950, maybe a bit better. For his suggested budget it's pretty much two 560 Ti's for $400 and get massive performance with a drawback of compatibility headaches, or get one 570 for a bit less performance than two 560 Ti but cheaper and no compatibility headaches.
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Single gpu cards are always better (imo), even though they might offer slightly less brute horsepower.

I'd say go for a 560, 570, or 580, depending on budget.
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I agree. Single 560 Ti is pretty much equal to the 6950, maybe a bit better. For his suggested budget it's pretty much two 560 Ti's for $400 and get massive performance with a drawback of compatibility headaches, or get one 570 for a bit less performance than two 560 Ti but cheaper and no compatibility headaches.
There aren't many headaches of 560ti sli that I've heard of, but I do prefer single card setups as well.

Your money, your choice OP.
    
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There aren't many headaches of 560ti sli that I've heard of, but I do prefer single card setups as well.

Your money, your choice OP.
My 560 sli has been flawless. Actually one issue I had was the cards not downclocking with dual monitors so they hot. I got around this by disabling sli when I'm not gaming.
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