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The scaling on 460's and 560's are stellar, to say the least. And, by the time you would want to get a 3rd 470 you should already be looking at the higher mid-range again. The reason I say that is because you will be looking at terrible scaling for three cards and the required PSU will be chugging with a lot of wattage, even at idle. Also, I never count on unlocking (unless you get a Golden Sample, because those seem to be near 100% success), so in actuality, the 465 is a gimped 460.

My suggestion is to get two 560 Ti's or a single 570 , and then wait to add another. I just don't see a very compelling reason to go with last men's best value card, when you could have the newest value card.
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With all cards at their max OC's, 465's in SLI are WAY more powerful than a single 560ti. That choice is a no-brainer. Sure, they suck up more power and generate more heat, but raw performance? It's not even close (I'd say the 465's would be a good 50-60% faster) which is to the point where you are definitely looking at getting higher 'max playable settings' with the 465's. Heck, a single 465 can be OC'd to get very close to a 560ti, and the 560ti doesn't have that much OC'ing headroom. The math there is pretty simple wink.gif

470's vs. 560ti's are a much more interesting comparison. Again, with both cards at max OC's, as Droogie mentioned, the 470 is the faster card (in my comparisons with others on OCN, they are around 10% faster), esp. when tessellation comes into play, as the 470's have considerably more tessellation power.

The fact of the matter is, the 560ti is slightly faster at stock settings, but it is an 'average' overclocker (at best), whereas the 470 is quite possibly the best overclocker ever made (along with the 465 wink.gif), when you consider both the % headroom and scaling. I can literally tack on 30% more performance with these cards via OC'ing ON AIR. With 560's, you'd be lucky to get 15% more perf out of them.

However, the 470's are a bit louder (unless you get something like a TFII 470) and suck up more juice ... so it really depends on your priorities. It's unlikely that the difference between the cards perf is going to be large enough to impact your max playable settings, so the argument that the 560ti is the 'better' card due to efficiency and noise is reasonably compelling.

But then again, the extra memory on the 470's could come in handy in certain situations, too. Games are definitely pushing up over the 1gb mark in memory usage these days, and it's going to go nowhere but up on the average, so ... that's worth thinking about, esp. if you're thinking of getting two, given that the memory capacity isn't additive in SLI.

I've been rocking my 465's-unlocked-to-470's in SLi for about a year now, and honestly I couldn't be happier with this setup .. and trust me, I'm VERY picky.

I admit part of why I like it is the whole 'limited-edition' thing, along with the all-copper cooler which looks sick ... but aside from that, SLI 470's are pretty much perfect for playing at 1920 res w/everything maxed in every game (except Metro, where I have to make a very small compromise, and of course Witcher 2 ... no ubersampling).

I can honestly say I've never felt the slightest urge to replace this setup, which for me is really saying something, esp. after an entire year tongue.gif
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