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Hello again all!

So I am currently running 2 GTX 460 cyclones in my system. I get about 75-80% scaling in SLI.

My wife is running a single 5770 in her rig and with the games she's into now she could use one of my 460's. In addition, I am getting some SLI issues where in SLI the cards are dropping to 405mhz instead of staying at 850 where I oc'd them to. Happens even on stock no-oc profile. Also, screen tearing seems to be more pronounced in SLI than with a single card.

My current plan is to sell her 5770 and one of my 460's, give her my remaining 460, then buy myself a GTX 570.

Basically I'm paying $100 for my wife to upgrade from a 5770 to a 460, and for me to take a 25% drop in performance to avoid SLI issues?

Seems like its worth it to me. What do you guys think?

lastly, I had an EVGA 460 EE model and it was the loudest thing I ever heard. Did they fix their EE coolers on the 5xx series?

Any GTX 570 onwers want to weigh in?

(((I currently am playing Dragon Age 2, Guild Wars, Fallout NV and anxiously awaiting Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim, to give you an idea of my usage...purely gaming)))
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Oh... also the single card requires less power, creates less heat and should have less noise I assume, depending on the model. All pluses for single cardness.

If I get the 570 the plan would be to not upgrade for 3 years or so. A 580 is out of the budget.
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Seems like your mind is all over the 570. Go for it.
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Seems like your mind is all over the 570. Go for it.
appreciate the encouragement. Is there any flaws in my thinking? Any poorer than expected performance people get with the 570's? Am i being stupid by paying to lose performance over my current setup? Etc, etc.
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appreciate the encouragement. Is there any flaws in my thinking? Any poorer than expected performance people get with the 570's? Am i being stupid by paying to lose performance over my current setup? Etc, etc.
1 460 will be enough for the games you're playing
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appreciate the encouragement. Is there any flaws in my thinking? Any poorer than expected performance people get with the 570's? Am i being stupid by paying to lose performance over my current setup? Etc, etc.
You're not really losing performance really. SLI GTX 460's will trade blows with a GTX 570 (especially overclocked), and you'll have a SINGLE card solution.

1) Same performance essentially (not including synthetic benchmarks).
2) You can only SLI 2x 460's, but you have the ability for TRI-QUAD SLI with GTX 570.
3) Less Heat & Lower Power Requirements.

I say do it!
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You're not really losing performance really. SLI GTX 460's will trade blows with a GTX 570 (especially overclocked), and you'll have a SINGLE card solution.
No, they trade blows with a single 580 (and usually win).

@OP: Not a bad move considering the circumstances imo. Even though the 570 will net less performance, it should still be enough for the games you're interested in at 1080p (minus DA2 for the moment ).

Sacrificing a few extra fps to keep the Mrs. happy isn't such a bad trade!
Edited by Booty Warrior - 3/17/11 at 10:47am
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The cards are reverting back to 2d clocks could be solved either by driver update/reinstalled correctly, or following this: go to nvidia control panel -> manage 3d settings -> power management mode to "prefer max". If not then must be some other issue.

Also 2x 460 sli are not 20% more than a 570, specially on memory hungry games. they are indeed stronger but not 20%.

460 EE from evga has a different fan from ANY 570/580, and they are much much better than evga's 460 EE. So no problem there.
As for the card u can get a 570/580 or even a 480, if u can find one cheap (ur psu can handle 1 480).
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1 460 will be enough for the games you're playing
Dragon Age 2 with all the eye candy but only on "High" drops below 60 FPS pretty regularly even with the 2 460's...

Its not even on "Very High". I'm very visually sensitive to stutter, tearing and motion blur problems which is why I wanted a high performance graphics set-up in the first place.

Unfortunately, Fallout:NV and Dragon Age 2 both suck at optimizing hardware. I want to be able to 100% max out Skyrim later this year without the SLI issues. I don't think 1 460 will do that at 1920x1080. Not with a min FPS of 60 anyways.

Hmm.
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personally I would wait until the release of the 590 to see whether or not the price of a 580 lowers, around those times at least some may be looking to upgrade from 580's to 590's. I would say go for the 570 if waiting is not an option.
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