Is the Evga GTX460 1gb good for my system ?

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  1. Flakk

    Flakk Master Guru

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    Evga GTX460 1gb good for my system ? (cpu bottleneck?)

    I know my system is rather old, but i wanted to upgrade my video card to an EVGA gtx 460. (make it last for another year before i buy a whole new rig)

    I have read somewhere that my system (CPU) could be a bottleneck and the card wont run better than my 8600GT.

    Is this true? or will I get a huge performance increase when I upgrade ?

    note that my cpu (c2d e6750 @ 2.66ghz) is at stock frequency.
     
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  2. orion24

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    There is a huge performance upgrade moving from an 8600GT to a GTX 460. So big that it doesn't worth comparing them.

    As for the bottleneck, for sure, a Core i7 with high performance DDR3 memory would give you a bit higher performance, but it is not a very big difference. Roughy 10-20% at most
     
  3. fli_guy84

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    I had to overclock my CPU to 3.3GHz to compensate for the bottleneck. But even then, the performance increase from my old 8800GTS is enormous. :) So I say, go for it.
     
  4. The Chubu

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    You have read LIEZ!

    Seriously, you should experience a true cpu bottleneck if you buy something as powerfull as a HD5870. Below that, if you experience less performance its due your processor beign too slow for the game itself, not cuz it cant feed the gfx card the ammount of information that it needs to work at full speed.

    I went to this card (soon to be replaced for a GXT560) from a GF8600 and it was a LOT of a difference.

    BTW, a E6750 should go bout 3,2Ghz at 1,4v or stock 1,35v, or in between. Depends on the chip. Mine was unstable at stock volts, its stable at 1,4v
     

  5. sykozis

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    Your CPU will bottleneck the card.....but hell, you'd have to be using an older sckt478 Celeron to bring a 460 down to that level of embarassment...
     
  6. Cyberdyne

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    Even my 260 was bottlenecked by my old E7200 at 3.6 GHz. If you get the 460 I would be sure that my next upgrade was the CPU/motherboard.
     
  7. Arctucas

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    @Flakk,

    Do yourself a favor and avoid the External Exhaust models.

    All three I have owned have had overheating issues, and the two I currently own will not overclock.
     
  8. FlinchingNinja

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    Went from 8800GTS (512) in SLI to a single 460 at 910/1800 ish and saw an improvement.

    Your be fine mate but if I was you I would fork out a little more for the 560.
     
  9. The Chubu

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    Here: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-hd5870-cpu-scaling.html aaaand here http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/ (since both kind of "bottlenecks" are hot topic round here) Have a nice read :)

    BTW, +1 to the 560GTX recommendation. Since probably the next upgrade is going to be mobo, cpu, ram. Maybe the GTX460 will spread too thin by then.
     
  10. Flakk

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    @Arctucas
    Thanks for the tip, ill look into the non EE cards.

    @The Chubu
    Thanks alot for those links, exactly what i was looking for. Some accurate results.

    Im looking into the 550, 460 and 560 and the amd 5750,6870 cards.
    And as you guys said i could use it for my next build. I might just get the 460 for now because of my budget but that 6870 sounds good too.

    thanks for help guys (also tat3 and passion fruit and PinguX) on the other thread.
     

  11. Nbz

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    If you don't get the GTX560/HD6870, get the HD6850 instead of the GTX460 unless you pick an eVGA with a 10 Year Warranty.
     
  12. sykozis

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    In the first article (from XBit labs, who I've previously expressed my opinion of...), their first comparison is irrelevent as 3DMark06 is notoriously CPU bound and doesn't produce accurate/reliable results on DX10/11 cards.

    The second article (from TPU...) I didn't bother reading as nearly every article I've read on the matter of PCIe 2.0 x8 vs x16 with GTX200 or GTX400 series graphics cards has shown no negligible difference in performance because the graphics cards simply can't use more than half of the provided bandwidth. This is the same reason GF6 and RadeonX cards performed as well on AGP as they did PCI Express. They simply couldn't use all of the bandwidth they were provided on either bus at the time. Whether or not this has changed with the GTX570/580, I don't know....don't really care honestly. The only application I've seen for measuring data transfer between CPU/GPU is only a "toy" that's in "beta" and produces unproven results. The application doesn't even have any support from it's own developer.
     
  13. elite69

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    that cpu wil work good with that gpu with my setup my gtx 260 gpu usage is almost in ervery game at 89 95% so i thinck you wil be fine
     
  14. The Chubu

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    Fair enough. Anyway, there are like 10 different tests there. Not just 3Dmark06.

    Ur welcome.

    As Nbz said, between GTX460 and HD6850, i'd choose the HD6850. At least in my country it was priced like hte GTX460 786Mb and performed like the 1Gb version.
     
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    460 prices have went up over the last month, some of the 1 GB cards are back to $240ish again. The 6850 performs at least as good (if not better) and a good pre overclocked model tops out at $200. I think it's because the GTX 560 is too expensive and the GTX 550 is only good enough to replace the 768mb version. The price gap between the 550 and 560 is just far too wide.
     

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    Just MY Opinion.....but I think nVidia "screwed the pooch" with the GTX550...
     

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