Originally Posted by drizek;15545335
Ok, then just wait for the better power consumption. Sli 460s use a ton of power.
SLI 460's will run flawlessly off a good quality 550w unit, and they'll hang up there with the GTX580 (beating it in most games). Yeah, they're TOTALLY power hungry.
Originally Posted by drizek;15545470
I dipped down to the 20s in the campaign. I think it's time to upgrade
x3 720, yeah its time to upgrade that CPU. A nice i5 2500k would do your system very nicely.
Originally Posted by Fooxz;15545527
No, YOU need more VRAM. BF3 with everything on high uses around 1G VRAM. Your sig rig shows yours 768mb. That is a HUGE difference.
If he's got a 768MB card, then yeah the 1GB cards are definitely a lot better. His x3 720 is still going to be holding SLI performance back though.
Originally Posted by Mattbag;15546225
I do agree with the vram issue. 1gb is not really enough for 1080p on ultra. I use about 985MB according to afterburner and thats with only 2xMSAA and SSAO not HBAO. but sometimes my gpu only uses about 75% not 100% which is weird.
Also I cannot max out GTA 4 because of my limited VRAM.
No, just no. 1GB is FINE for 1080p, especially when we're talking about $100 budget GPU's.
The reason you get stuttering is because the GPU isn't enough, or SLI isn't functioning correctly. It has nothing to do with VRAM.
I maxed GTA IV out with a 1GB HD4890 just fine, never dropped below 30-35 FPS on it at 1080p. So no again.
BF3 has a memory leak, it'll use however much VRAM that's available. 1GB is enough if you have the GPU horsepower to back it up. You do realize that the recommended card is a 580, that means you should have more than a 580 to max it out. VRAM or not, that takes a HEFTY graphics card (560Ti's in SLI would be a good starting point). It's not a VRAM problem with BF3, its a memory leak issue.
At the OP:
Don't bother waiting. If you've got $100 now, grab another 460 1GB and enjoy your SLI now. There's always going to be something new coming out. No reason to play the waiting game. 460 1GB cards in SLI are still pretty beastly and will handle just about any game out there maxed at 1080p. You won't be able to pickup a new gen card for $100 when they come out, I can promise you that. So I say grab another and enjoy a huge boost in performance. Edited by pioneerisloud - 11/2/11 at 11:06pm