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  • 22% (4)
    Two Unlocked 465s ($260)
  • 77% (14)
    Two Unlocked 6950s ($538)
  • 0% (0)
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What's a better value right now? SLI EVGA 465s for $130 each or CFX Sapphire Toxic 6950s for $269 each?
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Considering the GTX465s are WAY hotter than the 6950s, come with half the VRAM, eat more power, are a generation behind, perform around a 25% slower and scale a 15% worse than the HD6950s...


I say get the 6950s.
   
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post #3 of 9
Better value would more than likely be the GTX 465's.

However, if you're going for the best bang/buck combination in the higher end cards, then the 6950's would be the way to go.

Hope I helped.

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Considering the GTX465s are WAY hotter than the 6950s, come with half the VRAM, eat more power, are a generation behind, perform around a 25% slower and scale a 15% worse than the HD6950s...


I say get the 6950s.
That is also a really good point.
 
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post #4 of 9
id rather go with the 6950s

the 465s make way too much heat and consume too much power for what they can do, if they were 460s at that price, this would be a different story
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post #5 of 9
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Considering the GTX465s are WAY hotter than the 6950s, come with half the VRAM, eat more power, are a generation behind, perform around a 25% slower and scale a 15% worse than the HD6950s...


I say get the 6950s.
Even with both unlocked?

Man the 400 series has a lot of problems. If I knew how power hungry my 480s were I wouldve got something different.
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What's a better value right now? SLI EVGA 465s for $130 each or CFX Sapphire Toxic 6950s for $269 each?
Thinking practically if you already own two GTX 480's I'm assuming your running them just fine in SLI. Your killing games with them so I'm not sure why your looking for a different set up? Can you elaborate?

Regardless of heat - they've already proven themselves after almost two years shown they can handle it and it's not a factor. Built strong.

Your getting two 6950's/465's (even unlocked) is more of an expensive side grade than an upgrade more than anything. Those 480's SLI are running like 570's SLI. The 6950's unlocked or heavily over clocked compare to the performance of 570/6970 cards.

If your really looking for a real upgrade, wait until the next gen cards come out because you'll find better performance (15%-25%) than current cards. The big hype is they will use 50% less power consumption and in turn will dissipate less heat than current gen cards.

I think you'll be happier with two 670's or 7970's instead. They're speculated to start trickling out the end of December.
     
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You can't beat unlocked 465s for value.

I got my PNY 465 for $107 and it unlocked to a full GTX 470. It clocks up to 880 MHz core, but I usually run it at 800-825. At those speeds, it's as fast as a GTX 480.

...for $107.

With the 6950, you aren't gaining much in the way of performance, but you do get a cooler and less power hungry card. If that's worth double the price to you, go for it.

Also, it must be noted that in certain situations, even a stock GTX 470 running @ 608 MHz core clock will edge out a 6950 due to AMD's poor driver optimization when AA is enabled:


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I love how bad performance in just one game is shown as proof of poor anti aliasing optimization.

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480's come with 1.5GB VRAM and on a single monitor the extra 500MB VRAM will not give him any more performance on a single monitor. Already proven that there is 1 FPS difference between 1.5GB vs 3.0GB VRAM on single monitor.

The 480's he already owns compare to 6970/570 cards. He won't see any GPU perfomance gains either.

That's a side grade and a total waste of money on his part.

Whether the 480's use more power or not, why would it matter if he already has enough to run it?

Maybe the OP can elaborate why he's wanting to get rid of his 480's for a side grade?

Or are the 480's already gone and you just haven't updated your specs.

Am I missing something here?
     
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