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Hello all,

This is my card and clock speeds:



How much more life does this card have in it at 1080p? It can handle Far Cry 3 and Skyrim at Ultra reasonably well, I've also recently finished the Witcher 2 on Ultra which was playable, but I'd like to know whether 2013's scheduled releases will prove too difficult for my little GTX 460 to handle.

I think the GTX 460 is a fairly capable card even today's standards. I'm just looking for an opinion really and maybe some advice on whether to upgrade now to the 6xx series or wait for the 7xx series.

All responses will be appreciated.

Thanks smile.gif
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Well if you are hoping to play games on ultra  100% then gtx460 wont last for long.But remember  1-2 graphic option lowering can incrase preformance alot without any visual defects.

Example-just cause 2  -turning shadows from high to medium made me go from 30fps to 60fps+

 

As long you turn off moust demanding setting in game you should be fine till 7xx series comes out.

 

AMD cards i dont trust but 6xx series from Nvidia could have been better bang for buck than it is.

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I originally had 2 460's in my sig rig when I built the system in 2011.

Honestly couldn't handle many games on "ultra" aa just kills them.

I had them at 875 each I believe.

As far as far cry 3 on ultra I'm gonna say that's going to be totally unplayable.

Waiting for the 700 series or getting the 600 series is your call. Just remember your looking at June 13' for reference cards to drop and a little longer for some nice non-ref cards to come out.

Personally, I would look into getting a 660ti or even a 670 and keep your 460 for a physx card.
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Personally, I would look into getting a 660ti or even a 670 and keep your 460 for a physx card.
Thanks for the comments. smile.gif

I should have said that I turn off AA or set it very low otherwise it is unplayable. Would Physx require a dedicated GPU like a 460 if I went for the 670? I'm just thinking of power draw with my 700w PSU. How much headroom would I be left with?
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If you can find another cheap 460 1GB and SLI it you will see your fps double in most games.

But god turn off the AA or any setting that chews off vRAM as thats the only thing that kills a 460 SLI setup. I've seen too many threads where people have been dissatisfied with SLI 460's simply because they couldent handle the jaggies and "needed" AA.

If you have the cash and want a powerful single GPU then your PSU will be able to handle any top-end GPU with the 460 as a PhysX card. PhysX needs at least a GTX260 which makes a 460 absolutely fine for the job.

If you want to wait for next (or the one after) generation then SLI 460's will do you good if you clock them up and watch the vRAM.
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I have a HD 6950 2B (840 mhz) and I run with MSAA off wherever required in demanding games like BF3, Farcry 3. Most of the other games I can max out at 1080p. seeing you are doing well you can easily wait for the GTX 700 series launch in Q1 2013. you are looking at GTX 680 performance at USD 300 next gen thumb.gif
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If you can find another cheap 460 1GB and SLI it you will see your fps double in most games.
But god turn off the AA or any setting that chews off vRAM as thats the only thing that kills a 460 SLI setup. I've seen too many threads where people have been dissatisfied with SLI 460's simply because they couldent handle the jaggies and "needed" AA.
If you have the cash and want a powerful single GPU then your PSU will be able to handle any top-end GPU with the 460 as a PhysX card. PhysX needs at least a GTX260 which makes a 460 absolutely fine for the job.
If you want to wait for next (or the one after) generation then SLI 460's will do you good if you clock them up and watch the vRAM.

^ This, for the past two months (thanks ASUS) that my 7970 has been on RMA I went back to my SLI 460's @900/2100 and even @1440 the power is mostly there it's just the vram that's a huge POS and causes issues.

I can still play most games at this res with a mix of high/med (100+fps pretty much maxed on Diablo 3) , ZERO AA in most, and have them looking better than 1080 games nearly maxed so it's about the same. In your case barring you don't use too much AA @1080 your games will run mostly great after they get SLI support but you'lll also need to avoid using mods.

With that said if you can buy a cheapo 90ish 1GB 460 the SLI could probably tide you over unto 9xxx/8xx as long as you don't have nearly almost max but note quite. Textures can be a pain at my res but you would probably be mostly fine.
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If you have the cash and want a powerful single GPU then your PSU will be able to handle any top-end GPU with the 460 as a PhysX card. PhysX needs at least a GTX260 which makes a 460 absolutely fine for the job.

^this

In my sig rig I'm running a 560Ti with a 460 for physx and it handles Borderlands Physx on high (which is awesome biggrin.gif). It doesn't even go above 50% usage!

My advice would be buying a GTX660Ti /670 with more then 2 Gb of RAM and keep the 460 for physx
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If you can find another cheap 460 1GB and SLI it you will see your fps double in most games.
But god turn off the AA or any setting that chews off vRAM as thats the only thing that kills a 460 SLI setup. I've seen too many threads where people have been dissatisfied with SLI 460's simply because they couldent handle the jaggies and "needed" AA.
If you have the cash and want a powerful single GPU then your PSU will be able to handle any top-end GPU with the 460 as a PhysX card. PhysX needs at least a GTX260 which makes a 460 absolutely fine for the job.
If you want to wait for next (or the one after) generation then SLI 460's will do you good if you clock them up and watch the vRAM.

Sli 460's still is horribly underpowered for "ultra" settings on any modern day AAA title.

I wouldn't waste time or money bothering with sli on those cards nowadays.

When I had mine at 875 (you have a large clock advantage here) bf3 on ultra with no aa would chug along at 56~ avg and drops into the 20's.

The op's best bet is a current gen Kepler card. And then when the 700 series rolls around then sli would be a viable option. The 700 series cards just be a bump in performance while the 800 series will pull a mile ahead.

Get into the habit of upgrading cards every architecture change.
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GTX 460 while is still a solid card. In 2013 many brutal titles will release like Crysis 3 & Metro Last Light. I don't think any current generation card will be able to max them out.
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