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Hey all,

I have a currently have a XFX GTX260 Black Edition that has served me well for almost the last two years now and despite some very moderate overclocks from the factory overclocked GPU (680MHz -> 700 MHz core) I have been putting off an upgrade for a while, but feel it is now overdue (plus I want DX11 support).

With all that said, I am looking to purchase a new card, with a budget preferably of around £150 GBP (though if there are any alternatives in a better price to performance range I am willing to up that a bit) due to this and my preference for nVidia cards this seems to put me in the GTX 460 territory. Correct? Edit: I would much rather stay around the £150 range than £200 range.

Update: Looks like the MSI GTX 460 Hawk would be a good buy - it's just a matter of finding a UK retailer that's not charging a premium just because they do have it in stock

Virtually exactly on budget at £150.55 from Scan (I get free delivery) is the EVGA GTX460 SSC Super SuperClock (336 Cores) with 850MHz GPU/1700MHz Shader/3900MHz Memory and having checked the EU Warranty, it comes with 3 years.

Alternatively a slightly cheaper alternative I found at £142.15 is the EVGA GTX 460 SC Super (336 Cores) with 763MHz GPU/1526MHz Shader/3800MHz Memory which comes with a 10 year warranty. Edit: Sounds like this is one to avoid - Thanks

So, here are my probably silly questions:

1) Why does the cheaper one come with a 10 year warranty, yet the more expensive one only come with 3 years? Granted, I am sure I will be replacing it again before the 3 years are up but it just seemed odd to me.

2) Is the Super SuperClock card worth the extra (obviously the faster speeds are very nice) or am I likely going to be able to achieve those overclocks anyway with the cheaper card?

3) I've always gone with XFX in the past, obviously they no longer make the newer nVidia cards. EVGA is a good alternative correct?

4) Are there any other alternatives I should be looking at?

5) Is the price likely to go down more any time soon, if so is it worth waiting a bit longer?

Many thanks in advance for any answers/advice!
Edited by BMT - 3/15/11 at 10:58am
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I think almost all GTX 460's can reach 850 core, just some run alot louder and hotter than others is the problem. The gigabyte GTX 460's with their duel windforce fans are extremely quieter and stay very cool, which in turn lets it overclock really nicelly. (I know I have two and both reach 850 with no extra volt increase and 900 with voltage increase) I'd advise getting

The only other alternative if you can push your budget a bit further is the GTX 560 which can perform better and this doesn't seem too much over your budget for a 560.

Although the EVGA SOC at 850 Core seems pretty reasonable especially if you don't want to overclock yourself, I just cant vouch for how loud it is and if it overclocks much further.
Edited by Chobbit - 3/15/11 at 9:46am
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I personally have 2 GTX 460s I have the 768mb and Mine is a superoverclocked edition and it really doesnt make much difference over the regular edition. These cards run at really low temps I have the internal exhaust fans and the max temp is around 61c and my idle is about 30c. Thus leaving lots of room for oc'ing. Also look at the benchmarks for these cards the price per fps is the best in the 400 series. I would recommend that you get the 1gb version just because it is about the same price and if u plan on running two montiors the only way to go. I had a 1gb version that I traded for 2 768 and the 1gb was the better card. The GTX 560 is almost the same card with slight fps difference and a higher price. Anyway I hope this helps.

or you could wait till EVGA releases the GTX460 2win the dual gpu graphics card.
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I think almost all GTX 460's can reach 850 core, just some run alot louder and hotter than others is the problem. The gigabyte GTX 460's with their duel windforce fans are extremely quieter and stay very cool, which in turn lets it overclock really nicelly. (I know I have two and both reach 850 with no extra volt increase and 900 with voltage increase) I'd advise getting

The only other alternative if you can push your budget a bit further is the GTX 560 which can perform better and this doesn't seem too much over your budget for a 560.

Although the EVGA SOC at 850 Core seems pretty reasonable especially if you don't want to overclock yourself, I just cant vouch for how loud it is and if it overclocks much further.
HA! I ran my MSI 460 Hawks @ 950 core without a hitch.
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Of course you may do as you wish, but I would not buy this one.

I have had three of the External Exhaust cards, and all three began overheating under heavy load after a couple months.
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1) higher clocked cards usually cost more. EVGA jacked there warraty's all up and it goes by model number. In US KR you can purchase additional warranty and is elgible for the step up program, not sure about UK.

2)No, 460's are easy to overclock. Except the external exhaust models (like the cheaper one linked) are said to be prone to running hotter and noisier.

3) EVGA is very good. Alternatives.. Asus and MSI.

4) 580...lol... 560, 470, 6950, 6870. 460 sounds like your best bet.

5) Price has already dropped alot. Of course it will continue to drop but I don't see it moving a whole lot until the next generation comes out. So not for 6 months.
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GTX 560 Ti is the way to go
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Thanks everyone for the replies - much appreciated.

For the people suggesting the 560 Ti, from reviews at similar clock speeds I have seen it seems to be a roughly 10% performance increase over the 460 at the resolution I would be playing at (1920x1080) from benchmarks.

Is the 8-14% (roughly around 10%) performance increase really worth the extra ~£50?
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Get an msi 460, either Hawk or Cyclone, both found for under 150 on ebuyer ( I think) both extra quiet and massive overclocking ability! Gd luck
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I just bough 2 evga gtx 460 768mb SC for $100AR. As everyone above stated looking at value/performance the 460 is a very good choice. It will overclocked to at least 850. Anything above 460 you pay more for little performance. The MSI 460s have very good coolers.
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