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Used EVGA GTX 460 768 MB vs. New XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB?

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Hey everybody,

The title says it all haha. My EVGA 8800GT just died on me (*tears*) and I'm looking for a replacement. I found the XFX 6770 on Amazon for $89.99 after rebate and I thought that was a pretty good deal. According to graphics hierarchy charts around the web, it looks like the 6770 is a considerable upgrade from my 8800GT. So I thought that was great and then....

My friend offered me an EVGA GTX 460 768 MB for the same price. The only thing is that that card has been used for a year in SLi with another EVGA GTX 460 768 MB. I bring this up because I'm concerned with the life of my graphics card. I want one that will last me quite a while, so I'm also taking into consideration that year of use of the 460.

Can people offer their opinions on this? Namely, is my concern over the 1 year of use unfounded? Should I get the GTX 460? I'm not a heavy gamer; I play only occasionally, and the resolution on my monitor isn't extremely amazing (which is why I used the 8800GT up until now). Which one would be more future proof?

Thanks all, in advance!!thumb.gif
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First, what res are you playing at. Second, if you friend takes good care of his parts go with the gtx 460 as it is faster by a pretty good margin compared to the 6770.
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The GTX 460 768mb is a better choice. And don't worry about the ram difference. You will hit a processing bottleneck with the 6770 (which is just a 5770) before the VRAM starts to matter at super-high resolutions.
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was the gtx 460 the 1st or 2nd card in his SLI setup? I've heard that the 1st cards run hotter because of restricted airflow, but this varies by setup and spacing. Could that shorten the lifespan of the GPU because of higher temps? I'd take the GTX 460 any day over the 6770, so long as it's in good condition.
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First, what res are you playing at. Second, if you friend takes good care of his parts go with the gtx 460 as it is faster by a pretty good margin compared to the 6770.

I think he took pretty good care of it. It looks like my screen resolution is 1280 x 1024..
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The GTX 460 768mb is a better choice. And don't worry about the ram difference. You will hit a processing bottleneck with the 6770 (which is just a 5770) before the VRAM starts to matter at super-high resolutions.

Right, it looks like most people feel GTX 460 is much better. Is there a diff between the 768 version and the 1 GB version?
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was the gtx 460 the 1st or 2nd card in his SLI setup? I've heard that the 1st cards run hotter because of restricted airflow, but this varies by setup and spacing. Could that shorten the lifespan of the GPU because of higher temps? I'd take the GTX 460 any day over the 6770, so long as it's in good condition.

mmm.. I think it was his second card. It looks to be in good condition haha. So GTX 460 it is?
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the GTX460 is faster by a good margin, but if its out of warranty, i'd choose the 6770.
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Welcome to OCN smile.gif

This is HD5770 which is basically same as HD6770 vs. GTX 460 768 MB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=315

GTX 460 768 MB vs. GTX 460 1 GB

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/313?vs=315

I would personally get the GTX 460. They are beasts especially overclocked. Those can reach GTX 470s stock speeds. and with only 1280x1024 they will be overkill.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 12/11/11 at 3:58am
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the GTX460 is faster by a good margin, but if its out of warranty, i'd choose the 6770.

Haha that warranty stuff is killing me. It looks like there's 2 more years of warranty left on his.
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Welcome to OCN smile.gif
This is HD5770 which is basically same as HD6770 vs. GTX 460 768 MB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=315
GTX 460 768 MB vs. GTX 460 1 GB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/313?vs=315
I would personally get the GTX 460. They are beasts especially overclocked. Those can reach GTX 470s stock speeds. and with only 1280x1024 they will be overkill.

Yeah that's what I was thinking too haha. The 460 is a bit of overkill, but it looks to be more future proof? The other problem is that I'll have to buy a new power supply to use the 460 (I only have one 6 pin and my power supply is only 405 watts). Thanks for the charts though! And thanks for welcoming me to this forum thumb.gif
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Yeah that's what I was thinking too haha. The 460 is a bit of overkill, but it looks to be more future proof? The other problem is that I'll have to buy a new power supply to use the 460 (I only have one 6 pin and my power supply is only 405 watts). Thanks for the charts though! And thanks for welcoming me to this forum thumb.gif

Yes. I actually will get the GTX 460 even if it is overkill . Currently my GTX 470 is an overkill for me too, as I don't have enough time to game those days, I am very busy with my study.
If upgrading the PSU doesn't bother you. I think the GTX 460 is the best choice for you to get since it will take more time to upgrade than the HD6770.
Otherwise if you are concerned with the warranty & PSU then get the HD6770 and it won't be overkill . It may be pushed to the limit easier than the GTX 460 which forces you to upgrade much earlier.
GTX 460 has better tessellation performance than the HD6770 which means it will perform better in directX11 games. Not to mention how awesome its overclockabilty. It can track higher-end cards like GTX 470 & 560 & go beyond their stock settings especially using better cooler than reference thumb.gif.
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