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post #1 of 36
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Looking at possible adding in another GTX470 for SLI, but my question is, is it worth it @ 1680x1050?

I won't be getting a new monitor anytime soon since my E207WFP is doing just fine and I am very content with it.

Games I play are:

BF3
BC2
MW2
BO
MW3 (soon)
MOH
Crysis 1/2
Dead Space 2

I might look at getting another AC Accelero Xtreme Plus for it to quiet it down a bit.

But is it worth it at my resolution? Or should I be looking at some other card? (preferably Nvidia)
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post #2 of 36
Get a better monitor. I have no problem maxing games (no AA) with my 460s at 1200p.

Edit: if you're not getting a new monitor then yeah, purchasing the AXP cooler might sound good. 470 SLI is totally overkill for 1050p.
Edited by goldbranch - 11/1/11 at 6:28am
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post #3 of 36
I would say no. You should be good with out it. If anything I would save the monies or look at one larger card like a 570 or 580 if you want big.
post #4 of 36
Yeah, these cards scale well. Two beat a 580 marginally;

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/305?vs=311

and that there's more to gain from OC'ing them. Since 600 is a low stock clock, upping it to 800 will get you in 480 range. They're built on a GPU that gives solid performance per-clock. They're loud and kinda hot above %80, but that wouldn't be much of an issue (well, wasn't for me at least). If you want, you might as well put them under water.


Edited by Johnny Doe - 11/1/11 at 6:31am
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post #5 of 36
Are you having fps issues now? If yes, yes, if no, no.

At 1080p there isn't a game out there I can't max out at 60+ fps, except Metro 2033, which gives me about 58fps with DOF, and The Witcher II which nets slightly less than Metro 2033 with Uber Samp.

If you need more power, SLI would be your best bet. However it's not worth it if you're already maxing just about everything out now.

The worst part about the reference 470's is the cooler, if you can "fix" that problem, there really is nothing on the market worth upgrading to until you reach a vram limitation.
    
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I tend to get 55-60FPS in BF3 outdoors, 45-50FPS indoors.
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post #7 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluedevil View Post
I tend to get 55-60FPS in BF3 outdoors, 45-50FPS indoors.
Are you planning to get a new or used card?

If you can snag one for $150 or less, while probably not "worth it" it wouldn't be a bad deal either... But in SLI you'll have more heat/noise issues than you are currently, assuming both are reference cards.

If you're folding them it's another 15-17k ppd...

If you had a higher res I'd jump all over it, but even at 1080p it's more an enthusiast thing than a "need" thing.
    
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post #8 of 36
Not worth it, only games it maybe worthwhile on would be Crysis and BF3. How often do you even replay Crysis? So probably only BF3.

Just look at your GPU usage while playing those games, if it pegs 90-100% often you will see gains over the current FPS.
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Not worth it, only games it maybe worthwhile on would be Crysis and BF3. How often do you even replay Crysis? So probably only BF3.

Just look at your GPU usage while playing those games, if it pegs 90-100% often you will see gains over the current FPS.
Usage is pretty high IMO ~ 97%, memory usage ~ 945mb.
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My 460s don't cut it for BF3 maxed @ 1920x1080. I would go more with something more powerful than 470s.
Edited by huhh - 11/1/11 at 7:16am
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