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HEY, i'm looking for a new GPU, and i currently have a 460 1gb. It's really bottlenecking my 2600k at 4.7, and i'm wondering..... should I:
1) SLI my 460
2) Get a 580 now
3) wait to see how kepler will do

I just dont want to buy a 460 to see that kepler is going to be AWESOME, but then again, BF3 is going to RAAAAPE my 460. and i really want to play BF3 on max so give me your thoughts on when kepler will finally make it to the shelves, and whether or not its worth the awful wait.
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If you want to play BF3, upgrade now. It may be 6 months or more before the 600 series comes out.
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I'm not sure if it's "bottlenecking" or just running into it's limits. 2 460's is serious horsepower, especially in 1080. I'd think that you'd be good for a while, going this route. Also, it's very inexpensive to pick up 460's right now... brand new ones for 130 and less. EXCELLENT fps-vs-$'s spent.
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Originally Posted by kobekramer1 View Post
HEY, i'm looking for a new GPU, and i currently have a 460 1gb. It's really bottlenecking my 2600k at 4.7, and i'm wondering..... should I:
1) SLI my 460
2) Get a 580 now
3) wait to see how kepler will do

I just dont want to buy a 460 to see that kepler is going to be AWESOME, but then again, BF3 is going to RAAAAPE my 460. and i really want to play BF3 on max so give me your thoughts on when kepler will finally make it to the shelves, and whether or not its worth the awful wait.
Well, you just stated you didnt want another 460, so that leaves the option 2 and 3...

Im not sure anyone knows with any certainty when Kelper will land, so that leaves option 2...

What brand 580 did you want?
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You have a pretty big time buffer for kepler. I'd SLI your 460 since that's the most cost effective route while you wait it out for the 600 cards. Plus 2 460 > 1 580 I think.
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Ask yourself differently.

Do I want to be able to play at decent settings now or later?

It sucks playing the waiting game...so if you have the money...it'd be best to get what you want now and enjoy. Just a heads up though...when you look into an SLI/Crossfire setup...you end up having to wait a really long time for a stronger single GPU setup to arrive unless you're willing to upgrade straight to another SLI/Crossfire setup.
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sli gtx 460

it's cheap, and it'll give you gtx580 performance
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460s are cheap cheap cheap. Buy another one now and if Kepler is that good, you can sell both and snatch one of those.
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Well your options are if you can wait or not. Next gen cards are speculating between 15-25% performance boost and the big deal is it will take 50% less power consumption to produce it.

They have been delayed due to slow production of 28nm chips to both AMD and Nvidia. AMD is going to be cutting some corners to get it out but no set date yet. Your looking at late December absolute best and most likely with AMD only. Realistically January for Nvidia.

Big question is for that extra performance and lower power consumption will it be as over clockable and will it be able to handle any extra voltage? It's all speculation of course. It may end up not being that much better than current cards where most of them can be heavily over clocked or even unlockable shaders etc...

Now the normal upgrade progression is if your in current cards now, when next gen cards come out, you SLI/Crossfire your current gen card. Get more performance as opposed to buying a single new gen card, if your on a budget.

If your in last years cards 400/5000 series, and you can wait till next gen, then you'll buy one now and double up when the following gen comes out after next gen. Etc.....

Example - Let's say you have a 560Ti/6950 now, would it be more wise to get a single next gen 660/7950 card? or double up and SLI/Crossfire your current card? For the most performance boost one would double up on current gen card.

So if you should decide to buy one now, I'm going to bet your not going to buy a single next gen cards in a few months. It wouldn't be the end of the world because your still going to have one rocking system SLI/Crossfire anyway down the road.

So logically, it's up to you if you can wait.

I'd stay away from buying a second GTX 460 for $150 right now and then have to put down more money later IMO.
     
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I say find a cheap used 460 and SLI like i did makes it a beast with a second one... especially with it OC to basically a 560 stock

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