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post #11 of 96
GTX 460 still perform decently at 1080p. My GTX 470 is still a very good card despite being a few generations old..
The problem is the VRAM, I don't think SLIing the 460 is worth it unless you have the 2 GB VRAM variant (which is very rare to find nowadays).
Also GTX 580 > GTX 660 non-Ti. If you don't mind AMD cards look at their offerings, they offer better performance for the money.
What is your max budget?
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post #12 of 96
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this is more of a stepping stone, ultimately i will probably go 660 sli, 660 is cheap now and will surely drop in price when the 7xx are out, i just dont have the money to get my first 660 yet so its more to tide me over for a few months. i like the features for nvidia (physx, adaptive v sync etc) so will prob stick with team green. i imagine when the 7xx series comes out they will all be well over £200 so this would be out of my budget.
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this is more of a stepping stone, ultimately i will probably go 660 sli, 660 is cheap now and will surely drop in price when the 7xx are out, i just dont have the money to get my first 660 yet so its more to tide me over for a few months. i like the features for nvidia (physx, adaptive v sync etc) so will prob stick with team green. i imagine when the 7xx series comes out they will all be well over £200 so this would be out of my budget.

Honestly the problem with OCN is we're all elitists. Everyone has to have the best of everything and if you get less that 60-120fps it's absolutely unplayable.

In realty, most people would be plenty happy with 2 GTX 460s in SLI. According to lots of benchmarks I've been looking at, you should get about GTX 480/570 Radeon 6970 performance out of 2 460s. Of course you may run into some SLI problems, some VRAM limitations, but in the end they should work quite well at 1080p.
http://www.techspot.com/review/309-geforce-gtx-460-sli-performance/page5.html

I would say it's a good stepping stone, especially if you cannot afford better now.
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post #14 of 96
if you do go SLi then make sure you compensate for the added heat source in your case.
when I ran SLi GTX 460's I had them in an Antec 300 case, just not enough ventilation.
so I had to upgrade fans and CPU cooling and then eventually got a better case.
I also ran them and a 980BE off a 700-watt PSU so your fine there..

I still recommend against it and that chart from 'sepheroth003' is almost 3 years old..
post #15 of 96
I used to rock a GTX 460 SLI a few months ago. It handled everything @ 1080p at a mix of high and ultra settings. You will not be disappointed with the performance. However, a few games will use almost all of 1gb of vram. I know BF3 used 1014mb for me.
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post #16 of 96
I was in the same dilemma about a month ago, and decided to go with SLI GTX460s. I had one from my original build and got another off eBay, just like you're proposing. Pushed my fps on full specs in Metro 2033 from 12 fps up to about 40. Not most ideal, but certainly playable. I am waiting for the 700 series to upgrade. I have had some hiccups with SLI, but for the most part they have been working fine, with the exception that yesterday I started getting green lines and flickering pixels on the screen, which would likely be indicative of a busted GPU. However, that is my problem, not SLI.

I think it really would be best to just tough it out for another month or so for the 700 series and then skip 600 altogether.

Good luck.
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I still recommend against it and that chart from 'sepheroth003' is almost 3 years old..

I linked 1 out of the 8 or 9 pages I looked at for benchmarks. Mainly because it was BC2 which I think is most indicative of newer games compared to the others in the reviews. You try finding a newer review of 460 SLI lol.

Seems you were not impressed with your setup, however, there are people right below you that are/were.
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post #18 of 96
Don't bother with 460 SLI, GTX 660 is the better choice here. You get GTX 580 performance but a lot more power efficiency plus more vram to crank up texture details, AA etc. You can then SLI the 660 with another one for cheap when people start selling theirs for a 7series card.
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Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post

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Originally Posted by malmental View Post

I still recommend against it and that chart from 'sepheroth003' is almost 3 years old..

I linked 1 out of the 8 or 9 pages I looked at for benchmarks. Mainly because it was BC2 which I think is most indicative of newer games compared to the others in the reviews. You try finding a newer review of 460 SLI lol.

Seems you were not impressed with your setup, however, there are people right below you that are/were.
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also had:
i5-760 @ 3.5GHz + SLi N460GTX Hawks, wasn't too bad, 2-3 years ago..

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Don't bother with 460 SLI, GTX 660 is the better choice here. You get GTX 580 performance but a lot more power efficiency plus more vram to crank up texture details, AA etc. You can then SLI the 660 with another one for cheap when people start selling theirs for a 7series card.
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I also recommend new tech over old. But since new cards are to be released soon, id much rather wait for the 7xx series. My guess is that the 760 will be equal to 670 now, kinda like it always has been 660>570. I know what they say about waiting for new tech, but honestly i waited 3 months for 680 to come out and it was the best pc related day i had when it released. And that way i get the most out of it before i need to upgrade
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