Quick inquiry fermi 460(470?) over 2 older cards

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by Novacaine, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    Alrighty,

    Long time no see, forum. I've recently come across some neat PC parts, but I want MOAR. Tons of games came/coming out and whatnot, and I'd like a competent PC to handle them.

    I recently ordered me a shiny new SSD hard drive and am now debating whether or not to upgrade my video. I am currently running two of these(link) paired up with a Core i3 540 sitting snugly on this(link). And yeah, I realized how lame that mobo is but only right after I already walked out of my local retail store. Impulsive shopping ftl.

    Anyways, all this brings me to my question. Is it worth upgrading two 9800GTX+ BE to a single Fermi 460? And what about a 470? Is 460 and 470 a big difference?

    Also, if you don't mind answering this - it's my motherboard. I heard on THIS youtube vid that the 2 pcie slots are always locked at x8 no matter 1 card or 2. Could this be possibly true, or they just trollin and want me to buy 2 cards?


    Anywho, thanks for taking your time and reading this. I really appreciate the help.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kohlendioxidus

    Kohlendioxidus Maha Guru

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    1st thing that I should update is the CPU. 2 core are the lowest limit if you have or want also a fast GPU. i3540 will bottleneck a GTX 470 also at 1920x1200. I have no ideea about your mobo but doesn't look too impressing to me...:3eyes:
     
  3. Sever

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    uhh, most of those boards only have one slot that can work at 16x. so you have to use that slot.

    your cpu's too much of a bottleneck. i would upgrade that to an i5 before even considering a new gpu.

    big difference between 460 and 470. 460 has 336 cuda cores, 470 has 448 cuda cores.

    your best bet would be to get a cpu first and wait a month for the gpus. the 560/570 come out next month apparently.
     
  4. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    Great info guys, thanks! But,I'm not trying to do anything too intense on my PC. I'll be playing games below 1080p, and a 540i with a 460 is a nice combo for that, or so I heard. Upgrading the CPU at the moment is not an option as well.

    I'm more concerned about upgrading my two older cards. Is it necessary or no? Will I see a big frame boost or a minor one? Also, a more concrete answer on the pcie slots on my mobo would be nice.
     

  5. maleficarus™

    maleficarus™ Banned

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    SLI to 460? You won't see anything huge I wouldn't think...
     
  6. vidra

    vidra Ancient Guru

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    With prices falling I'd go for the 470. Sure it's hotter and noisier, but it is one spanking card and it overclocks veeery nicely. As for your CPU, a nice comfortable overclock should remove most, if not all of the bottleneck. Just my 2 cents :)
     
  7. Sever

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    9800gtx has 128 cores
    2x 9800gtx has 256 cores all up

    a 460 has 336 cuda cores. so you'd see some improvement. mostly in games that dont run well in sli. you'd see more improvement from a 470 or 560.

    and even at 1080p, you'd still be hit by a cpu bottleneck.
     
  8. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    http://www.guru3d.com/article/pc-buyers-guide-summer-2010/
    Yeah, I am aware of the bottleneck issue. But, since the guy who wrote the above article has a bachelor's in CS, I kinda trusted him with my budget build. The 540 was on sale for $99, so I nabbed it. I also don't mind OC'ing the 540 since it's running very cool right now at roughly 30 degrees C.

    I also found this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133326
    And I am really considering purchasing it.

    Everyone's "2 cents :)" are greatly appreciated!
     

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