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I'm tired of how loud my GTX 460 is while doing anything, even watching movies. It's by far the noisiest thing in my case even when just watching a movie and the fan is spinning at the minimum 40%.

Should I upgrade it to something else? Even considering buying a new (better) GTX 460. I'm really leaning towards AMD so I can crossfire down the line. Performance wise my GTX 460 has been suitable for what I do, but at some times the performance could be better.

Thought??????
post #2 of 21
Inb4 AMD Driver Bash

Well, it really depends, a 6850 is really quiet and should out perform your 460.
How loud is your 460? That unbareable?

Price range?

For reference, my 5870's produce a soft humm at 100% fan, nothing too loud.
Edited by CovertCover - 1/7/11 at 10:23am
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I had a 5850, my friend had a 4850, and TTLC Reviews on youtube tested the 6950/70 and they all sounded like vacuum cleaners on fan 50%+. If you really want a good solid upgrade grab a 6870 and then eventually another.

Your total investment will be slightly higher in cost than a 6970, but in BFBC2 you get somewhere around 25-40 FPS more.



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Inb4 AMD Driver Bash

Well, it really depends, a 6850 is really quiet and should out perform your 460.
How loud is your 460? That unbareable?

Price range?

6850 is head to head with GTX 460, will not out preform. They trade blows form what I have seen.
 
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6850 is head to head with GTX 460, will not out preform. They trade blows form what I have seen.
Look ^^ at the BC2 benches. It beats a 465.
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post #6 of 21
I think there may be something wrong with your card. I have dual 465s and they are not that loud at all and I am pretty sensitive the noise.

I will say my 5850s were quieter though.
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post #7 of 21
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I have the Palit Sonic (not the platinum) and yes it's loud. At the 40% it's spinning at nearly 2000 rpm and it's annoying when watching movies or just browsing the web. During gaming I could care less how loud it gets.

I guess my budget would be $300, but I'd rather spend half of that if I'd happy happy with a 6850 with the possibility to add another one down the line.

edit: I don't think it's my particular card as I had another one that was RMA'd. I think the Palit's are just loud. I've really been eying one of those MSI GTX 460 with the nice coolers on them. Open Box is around $150 on the egg.
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I have the Palit Sonic (not the platinum) and yes it's loud. At the 40% it's spinning at nearly 2000 rpm and it's annoying when watching movies or just browsing the web. During gaming I could care less how loud it gets.

I guess my budget would be $300, but I'd rather spend half of that if I'd happy happy with a 6850 with the possibility to add another one down the line.
I would say pick up a 6870 then, that way you have that little extra ommpf for games.

The 6850 is a great card, but with a 6870 you'd be able to turn up the eye candy a bit more. Either way, the cards should be quiet.
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post #9 of 21
460's are not supposed to be loud
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post #10 of 21
To be honest with you, forking out for a new 460 just 'cos of the cooling solution, is a huge waste.
The Palit/Gainward's are also renowned for fan blades snapping off, why don't you just buy a third party cooler?

There's a thread dedicated to coolers for the 460's, in the nVidia section.

I can't check benchmark noise tests right now, but you'll no doubt want at least a 6850/5850 to keep with your 460's performance before you go with CF.

By the way, you can always pick up a second 460 (though one with better cooling like the MSI Cyclone or Asus) and SLI them with modded Drivers.

EDIT: Posting on the bog, wasn't any replies when I started, sorry.
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