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Oh god, my jaw is almost broken, im sick and its 1 AM. My head was spinning after reading your plan and i still dont understand it. Just sell ur cards and buy a better one.
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^ but only for applications that take advantage of sli. Just a small caveat.
 
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Thanks a ton, guys. I installed the new 280.19 Nvidia drivers (clean install) and downloaded the EVGA SLI Enhancement. 3dmark 11 gave me a Graphics Score of 3503, Physics Score of 8341, and a combined score of 3752. Both the 460's temps increased, showing they were both working. For some reason the Crysis Benchmark tool isn't working, so I can't do that.
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Your cards are getting little better. I scored 4912 combined, 7645 graphics, and 5101 physics. I don't why intel CPU performs better than AMD on physics test.
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Originally Posted by RawrNate View Post
Thanks a ton, guys. I installed the new 280.19 Nvidia drivers (clean install) and downloaded the EVGA SLI Enhancement. 3dmark 11 gave me a Graphics Score of 3503, Physics Score of 8341, and a combined score of 3752. Both the 460's temps increased, showing they were both working. For some reason the Crysis Benchmark tool isn't working, so I can't do that.
Whoa ... yeah. You've got a problem. That's in 'Performance' mode? 3503 is barely what a single 460 should get in Perf mode

You should activate the onscreen display in Afterburner, have it show all your stats while running tests/gaming, etc.

Make sure not only are temps going up on both, but clocks are properly kicking up to full 3d clocks when gaming (675 core iirc on a 460), and that your gpu usage is up around 90% plus (esp. when running benchies).

Also make sure v-sync isn't capping you at 60fps when you're doing testing (personally I always use it to game, but it can severely hobble you on benchmarks). In fact, make sure everything in NVCP is restored to default values.

Try/check all those things, and do another run on 3dMark11. Something is amiss somewhere, and there's a good chance that somewhere in the AB graphs you're going to find the answer. Before you do the run, detach the graphs window from the AB app, and stretch it to full height of the screen, and make sure EVERYTHING is 'enabled' ... so you can 'see' ALL the stats being generated. Then take a screenie with the graphs right after running 3dMark11 and post it.

We want to see core clocks, gpu usage, and temps (all these on both cards) in particular.

Or, if you're running Extreme mode ... then that score might be perfectly alright ... dunno cause I don't have full version

I could see having an issue w/running Metro maxed out at 1920x1200, at least w/lag in certain parts of the game. At 1920x1200 maxed out Metro will eat up upwards of 1GB of vram very easily. I used to have 5850's in Crossfire (very comparable to 460's) and I ended up having to play Metro on High w/no AA if I didn't want to ever have any noticeable lag (i.e. never dropping below about 50fps).

One thing you should DEFINITELY turn off in Metro is ADoF. It's a HUGE frame killer, and doesn't even look that cool. You could likely get away w/Very High as long as you turn off ADoF (and advanced physX off might be needed as well ... and forget 4xMSAA cause that uses mad vram).

EDIT: In general you'll want to keep an eye on vram usage with those cards. 1920x1200 is a lot of pixels to push with only 1GB capacity.
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Well, it was Performance Mode at 1920x1200. I used a faulty code to run the Advanced version of 3DMark 11 Guess I can't upload the stats. I've unregistered it and here are the results of the Performance test at 1280x720 on the Basic Edition. Apparently 4.2Ghz wasn't stable for the test, so I turned it down to 3.8Ghz (weird, it runs fine on everything else). I'll have to go back and set my overclock later today.

http://3dmark.com/3dm11/1638949?show...W6Kv3ewZ5QcRKN

Are these scores what I should be getting? MSI Afterburner showed that everything was running as it should be.
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Nvidia just said that Kepler won't be coming out in 2011, if that changes anything.

RawrNate, if you have MEtro2033, compare your scores to these: http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-official.html
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I guess I'll stick with these until the new cards come out next year. Better to save my money than waste it Thank you all again for the information. This was my first experience on the forum and I'm thankful for the warm and informative welcome!



...I'm still going through with the cooler and memory upgrades, though. That needs to be done! Can't be running 4gb dual-channel memory on an i7 x58, now can I? If you're wondering, it's left over from when I had an AMD machine. The 460's made me switch over.
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I got a 990FX motherboard to use my 460s in, but I'm still waiting around for Bulldozer.
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Other members are saying my motherboard's VREG and NB will overheat if I get rid of the Noctua NH-D14 (EVGA X58 SLI LE is apparently really bad at cooling itself). Might just have to upgrade to the Asus Sabertooth anyway.
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