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VRAM is a memory buffer . So if you crank up AA/AF and such in games, you increase the VRAM being used. If this number is maxed out, you will get stuttering and gameplay will be terrible - but of course you can reduce AA and such to decrease VRAM usage but then things won't look as good.
There are some games that easily max out 1GB of VRAM which the 460 provides.
would a 1.5 gb gtx 580 handle better instead?
post #12 of 17
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would a 1.5 gb gtx 580 handle better instead?

Yeah 1.5GB would be much better. The 580 is also on par with a pair of 460's, plus you have less overall power consumption + heat and you don't need to deal with SLI. It also leaves a nice upgrade path so you can add another GTX 580 later.

If you look around you should be able to get one for anywhere from $280 - $320 shipped. I picked mine up for $300 shipped a few weeks ago (switched from 460's), and it has over 800 days warranty too.


Another option is to grab a GTX 480. They go for $180 - $200 shipped and perform about 10 - 15% worse than a GTX 580, but they also have 1.5GB VRAM and would offer a better upgrade path compared to getting SLI 460's now.
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They are on par with a GTX 580. They don't have the same VRAM though, so you'll be VRAM limited with two. They are also no where near a GTX 680.

460 SLI beats 580 single in 90% of tests.
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460 SLI beats 580 single in 90% of tests.

By like 2%.

I previously had SLI 460's and had them OC'd. I can tell you from experience that my 580 OC'd is better and games are more fluid.
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460 SLI beats 580 single in 90% of tests.

By like 2%.

Still does it. smile.gif
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post #16 of 17
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haha i love how people argue over 2% performance increase =]

with the 670's just released and for only $400 offering such good specs i think ill save some cash and get that.
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I have two ASUS ENGTX480s 1.5GB that I will be getting rid of in two days when my Gigabyte GTX670 comes in.

I am more than willing to clean one up and use the anti-static packing from the 680 to ship you a 480 for $160. I have original packaging and all components/accessories/install CD/etc. They're in great condition and only been stressed once in FurMark (Had fans locked at 55% by accident and took the cards to 105c but the cards are fine). Cards pack a wallop but my PSU is failing and I can't run both 100% in SLI as my PSU cuts out after they run too hard for too long.

If you would also like, I'll sell both to you for $145 each and throw in a SLI bridge if you don't have one.

Note: Prices adjusted based off EVGA's GTX480 for $229.99. Shipping not included.

Will provide very detailed pictures of the cards to ensure quality and can do some benches to show performance.

If not. I would save up and get that 670. By the time you can grab one, I'm sure the 4GBs will be out and handsomely priced.
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