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Good evening everyone!
I am working on my next build and found a deal on Neweg for:

"EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card"

at $99.99 after Mail in rebate.

I was planning on getting a 500 series but am still in the process of researching. The budget for vid card was going to be $400 max but would prefer below $300. The 460 in sli seems like a good deal but how does it stack up to a 500 series single card for the same price in performance. Something like a GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB or a 570.

I have seen some complain about poer bills for having multiple cards and this is of no concern. I will also be water cooling so heat will only be a temporary issue until the loop is setup.

Thanks everyone in advance.
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I would actually go with one of my cards, the 6950 Twin Frozr III or the 6950 Direct Cu. They overclock really well, and there's a chance (with the Twin Frozr III) that you will be able to unlock it to a 6970 biggrin.gif
    
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the 460s are one of the best price/perf cards right now. they match a 580.
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personally i would wait for kepler,i made a mistake buying my 480 coz i just heard last night that kepler was gonna be a new line of nvidia cards,so if i were u i would just pick up 1 460 and use that until kepler is released,or if u have a buttload of money get the 460's and get kepler when it comes out (only if u want to ofcourse tongue.gif)
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Thaks for the quick responses.
I also wanted to notee this is for a multiple monitor setup and would eventually like to go suround(currently have two monitors picking up the third with the build)
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I was confused about upgrading but then got 2nd GTX470 and am extremely happy with the performance, I say for for SLI.
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Originally Posted by Vulkan He'stan;13923590 
Good evening everyone!
I am working on my next build and found a deal on Neweg for:

"EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card"

at $99.99 after Mail in rebate.

I was planning on getting a 500 series but am still in the process of researching. The budget for vid card was going to be $400 max but would prefer below $300. The 460 in sli seems like a good deal but how does it stack up to a 500 series single card for the same price in performance. Something like a GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB or a 570.

I have seen some complain about poer bills for having multiple cards and this is of no concern. I will also be water cooling so heat will only be a temporary issue until the loop is setup.

Thanks everyone in advance.

If your price range is $400 and you don't mind ATI ... go with Crossfire 6870. I have that set up and if you look at reviews ... it is on par and usually better than one GTX 580. In some ATI driven games it can keep up with the GTX 590.
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Those are 460 SE, a bit slower than the "regular" 460.

I wouldn't buy any of the 400 series right now. The improvements made in the 500s are significant.

Buy the best 500 series you can afford, and add another one later. If you go two 460s, you'll be ditching both of them at the next upgrade.
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Originally Posted by 2thAche;13924724 
Those are 460 SE, a bit slower than the "regular" 460.

I wouldn't buy any of the 400 series right now. The improvements made in the 500s are significant.

Buy the best 500 series you can afford, and add another one later. If you go two 460s, you'll be ditching both of them at the next upgrade.

actually once the se ones are overclocked to 850mhz on the core they beat the regular ones by alot i saw a benchmark ages ago so i cant find it now,i even own a 460 se and let me tell u its pretty beast biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by mcc21;13924683 
If your price range is $400 and you don't mind ATI ... go with Crossfire 6870. I have that set up and if you look at reviews ... it is on par and usually better than one GTX 580. In some ATI driven games it can keep up with the GTX 590.

I agree two 6870's are on par and at times better than one GTX 580 but not even close to a 590 dual gpu. No way can it come close to the GTX 590 which is basically two water downed GTX 580's. wth.gif
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Originally Posted by Vulkan He'stan;13923590 
Good evening everyone!
I am working on my next build and found a deal on Neweg for:

"EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card"

at $99.99 after Mail in rebate.

I was planning on getting a 500 series but am still in the process of researching. The budget for vid card was going to be $400 max but would prefer below $300. The 460 in sli seems like a good deal but how does it stack up to a 500 series single card for the same price in performance. Something like a GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB or a 570.

I have seen some complain about poer bills for having multiple cards and this is of no concern. I will also be water cooling so heat will only be a temporary issue until the loop is setup.

Thanks everyone in advance.


Two 460 SLI which is on par or in some cases better than one GTX 580 and you'll be good for a couple or more years. You can bypass Keplar first run on 28nm fabrication. Wait it out while they iron out bugs on the new boards which if history repeats itself most likely happen.

Another choice is one GTX 570, not as powerful as the two SLI option but won't come with any possible issues that might arise in SLI. It's really trouble free all the way around for a powerful single card solution. One GTX 570 is about 15% less performance at 70% of the GTX 580's cost.

Will be good again for two or three years. You also won't have to put two cards under water and just one. With the extra money you'd spend to put two under water you can buy a GTX 580 over a GTX 570 possibly.

Side note: FERMI architecture was redesigned by Nvidia to run more efficently for greater performance, lower power consumption, and in turn less heat dissipation then the 400 series. It's basically FERMI fianlly matured. The 580 is all 512 cuda processing cores unlocked and functional, it's what the GTX 480 should have been but better.

AMD did the same with their BART and Cayman architecture and improved ATI's 5000 series in the same way. It's also matured nicely.

So bottom line if not the 460's SLI go one GTX 570 for less headache than older FERMI or if you can swing it, one GTX 580 under water would be great.

Good luck and let us know what you decided. typer.gif
     
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