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Take a look at the graph there, the 9600 pulled 13 fps, the 460 1gb (not OC'd) pulled 36.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...6870-review/19

So approximately 300% better. That's only one test though. It's all resolution and game dependant.
Thanks, I obviously was able to find single reviews done at the time each card came out but other hardware in the systems used to test were significantly different.

I'm aiming for the Sparkle card now though, or the EVGA one for $10 more, but might require slightly more power, I'll have to check.
post #12 of 22
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the GTX 460 should be fine since you don't play any demanding titles.
I actually will once I get a card that can handle it, I played WoW for 6 years, and I just perma quit....I hope so I wasn't worried about hardware that could make sweet love to Crysis or other games as demanding or near it. I only mentioned the Source engine games as I played allot of TF2 and on the dual core even at lowest settings at 1920x1080 it was fairly sluggish in big maps with lots of people, but the quad core eliminated all of that, I'm sure the OS and new ram helped out as well.

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the GTX 560 will allows you to max TF2 and put some SSAA on which will looks superb.
On the new hardware I actually already play TF2 at a minimum framerate of 50 at all times regardless of map size and players with everything maxed, AA @ 2x, Anisotropic @ 8x, res @ 1920x1080, Vsync ON.


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and for the record, you will be able to play crysis with any of these cards. 'nough said
I certainly and finally plan on going through it after I get a new card as it will finally be worth playing performance wise.

I played WoW for 6 years, and I just stopped. I kept acquiring games over the course of those 6 years so I plan to go through them, and quite a few of them are demanding titles such as Batman: AA, GTAV, Crysis, ect...
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 3/20/11 at 5:08pm
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I'm aiming for the Sparkle card now though, or the EVGA one for $10 more, but might require slightly more power, I'll have to check.
They'll require the same amount of power as long as the evga one you're looking at isn't overclocked by the factory
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post #14 of 22
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Thanks to everyone who replied, everyone had useful/accurate information.

I gave everyone + rep.

I'm either going to go for the Palit GTX 460 SE or the Sparkle 560 TI, depends on money.
Regardless, I am getting the recommended PSU.

I should have this accomplished before Portal 2 comes out.

This is a great community, look forward to it.
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I know I basically closed the thread with my "thanks" post, but something just occurred to me.

How much of a bottleneck would my current proc be if I get a GTX 560 Ti, or even a GTX 460 SE ? I know regardless it will be great, but I'm curious as to how much raw power of the card I won't be able to use because of CPU limitations.

Things to note, I'll be playing all games @ 1920x1080, AAx2, Anisotropic 4/8x at most in any game.

I listed the settings that scale as that's directly relevant no matter how powerful hardware is, and some people consider "max" settings using AA/Anisotropic and some don't.

I realize for Crysis my proc isn't the best thing out there, but I'd assume in BF:BC2 and others it would be superb with the new card, considering I can already max out BF:BC2 minus AA/Anisotropic and w/e that HDOR *spelling* setting is and average 30fps.

Proc is an Athlon II x4 630 *4x 2.8ghz*

Basically wondering if it's worth it to get a new Quad Core in the near future, even thought I just obtained my current Quad Core 2 months ago.
post #16 of 22
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I'm either going to go for the Palit GTX 460 SE or the Sparkle 560 TI, depends on money.
Regardless, I am getting the recommended PSU.
I'd recommend this card instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

It's only 10 more than the Sparkle, but runs about 20c cooler with the superb heatsink and fans.

EDIT: No, you wont notice a bottleneck propably in any game. There might be a small bottleneck in very cpu intensive games though.
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I'd recommend this card instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

It's only 10 more than the Sparkle, but runs about 20c cooler with the superb heatsink and fans.

EDIT: No, you wont notice a bottleneck propably in any game. There might be a small bottleneck in very cpu intensive games though.
Would this PSU still boot the card, I know I keep asking, but, the MSI card is clocked higher than the other 560 Ti so I need to know.
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Would this PSU still boot the card, I know I keep asking, but, the MSI card is clocked higher than the other 560 Ti so I need to know.
Propably, the MSI site doesnt say anything about PSU requirements so I assume it still stays inside the 500w limit.

If you want to be sure, you could just get this for $5 more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
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Before buying a psu be sure to check out the approved power supply list in the psu forum... I bought a 700w thermal take that i shouldn't have & wished i would have known about that list first.

And I'll agree with the others about a good 500~600w psu being plenty. I'll also agree that your cpu will be fine. If you detect or feel slow, bring up a load monitor and see. Id suggest getting the Gpu and love it until ivy bridge or bulldozer make the current i7 systems sell for cheap in the classified forum...

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Propably, the MSI site doesnt say anything about PSU requirements so I assume it still stays inside the 500w limit.

If you want to be sure, you could just get this for $5 more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
Excellent, one of the reviews was extremely helpful, he had the exact same card you linked paired with the new PSU you linked in his setup.
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