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While buying the Rig in my Sig, I have purchased everything except for the CPU and Motherboard (which don't release until Sunday), Case, and GPU. I was getting ready to order the 6850 and Phantom, and I noticed a sale on the ASUS 460's. I can get either one for $179 and that's about as much as I can afford on the GPU so these are definitely the two best choices.

I plan on going CFX/SLI in a few months so which one would be the better choice for my new Rig? I cannot decide. Thank you for the help!

Here are the links for the exact cards that I am talking about:

Gigabyte 6850

ASUS 460
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I'd go with the 460. They are both about the same, raw power wise, depending on what games you play, and which card you ultimately end up with, but the 460 generally offers lower GPU temps and less power draw. It's also a better folding card, if any of these matter.

If not, the 6850 'aint bad. I was a few minutes away from ordering one.. ended up with a 460 instead.
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Originally Posted by jdmfish View Post
but the 460 generally offers lower GPU temps and less power draw. It's also a better folding card, if any of these matter.
The 6850 uses less power than the GTX460.




As far as temps are concerned, you are thinking of the stock coolers. Neither of the two cards the OP is looking at use their stock coolers.

I'd wager that the dual fan design of the gigabyte 6850 cooler is more effective than the single fan on the asus.

I'm not sure why the GTX460 is widely thought to be more power efficient than the competition. It isn't.
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As far as temps are concerned, you are thinking of the stock coolers. Neither of the two cards the OP is looking at use their stock coolers.

I'd wager that the dual fan design of the gigabyte 6850 cooler is more effective than the single fan on the asus.

I'm not sure why the GTX460 is widely thought to be more power efficient than the competition. It isn't.

I got confused, apparently. I was thinking of the 6870 and 460 (the two cards I was comparing). The reviews/tests I saw said the 460 OC'd drew less power than an OC'd 6870.

I guess this is all irrelevant, now..
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I'd go with the 460 if you want to SLI. I have it SLI'd and its a beast.

If you overclock it, it's better than two 470's in SLI. Mine at 880mhz core are the same as stock 470's in performance, but i've seen 460's easily reach the 900's. One of my cards doesn't overclock that well though.
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