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So I recently got GTX 460, specifically a EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR. Currently I have a Radeon 5870, and was considering getting a second 460 for a little more performance.

There seem to be a million different version of EVGA 460s. I assume the perform pretty much the same (except the superclocked) so would it be best to get another of the exact same model or something else?
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A lot of EVGA's "different models" just have different warranties (f it ends with -AR it gets lifetime warranty etc.).

Just go with the cheapest stock 460(1GB ofc) you can find and you'll be good for SLI with that.
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If you get a faster second 460 it will downclock to the slower model. Better to get the same or close to same performance.
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post #4 of 11
You could always get the same card, I tried buying a different card for xfire once, and it really sucked.
post #5 of 11
Get the MSI ones with non-ref coolers, they cost arnd the same as the stock 460s where I live. You can put the non ref card at the top where the SLI card usually gets hotter, as the stock cooler doesn't cool as good as the non ref 1s. Just know that if you OC the new card, but not the current card you have, it will downclock itself to fit the stock card.
    
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Originally Posted by Xazen View Post
So I recently got GTX 460, specifically a EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR. Currently I have a Radeon 5870, and was considering getting a second 460 for a little more performance.

There seem to be a million different version of EVGA 460s. I assume the perform pretty much the same (except the superclocked) so would it be best to get another of the exact same model or something else?
a. Getting a 2nd GTX460 will not add 'a little' more performance but 'a lot' more.

b. As already mentioned by a few members above, getting a superclocked version is not preferred. I would just get the exact same model. This will offer the best probability that both cards will attain similar overclocked speed, so wasting nothing or little away.

c. As you do not specify which Seasonic 650W PSU you have, I cannot check it for you. You just make sure it has four 6 (or 6+2) Pin PCIe connectors available as a GTX460 needs two of these.
If the PSU does not have enough natively, then you will need to use 'two-4 pin-Molex-to-one-6 pin-PCIe' adapter cables to make up for it.
Eg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812196870
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So I think I'm going to get the same card from EVGA B Stock. I found a card on there for $110 that seems to be the same as what I have now. But instead of ending in -TR it ends in -RX. I assume that is just means that its a restored card and that everything else should be the same.

How is the EVGA B stock as far as reliability? Their prices are pretty good and I feel that the only better price would be open box on newegg.
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Probably better than openbox since evga re-certifies them. Most ppl don't like the 30 day warranty. The price is right though.
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post #9 of 11
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c. As you do not specify which Seasonic 650W PSU you have, I cannot check it for you. You just make sure it has four 6 (or 6+2) Pin PCIe connectors available as a GTX460 needs two of these.
If the PSU does not have enough natively, then you will need to use 'two-4 pin-Molex-to-one-6 pin-PCIe' adapter cables to make up for it.
Eg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812196870
Thanks for the heads up with the power connectors as I will have to use two of the power adapters to get another 2 6 pin PCIe connectors. Are there any disadvantages to doing this?
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Thanks for the heads up with the power connectors as I will have to use two of the power adapters to get another 2 6 pin PCIe connectors. Are there any disadvantages to doing this?
No, it's completely fine. Your PSU is capable of handling the load of two 460's. Your 460's should comes with them.
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