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Windows 7: GTX 260 vs GTX 470

15 Jul 2010   #1
Squid

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
GTX 260 vs GTX 470

OK so I am wanting to upgrade my video card. As you can see from my specs, I currently have an 8800 GTS 512 which has served me well over the years. My question is, would it be worth it to "go for it" and get the 470 or would my cpu just bottlekneck it? I really do not want to get the 470 if I am not going to see much of a difference over the 260 with my current set up. Or should I just keep my 8800 and be satisfied? I really need some help because I have been laboring over this decision. Please help!


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15 Jul 2010   #2
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I definately don't see any bottlencking with your current cpu and the 470. Maybe with the 750i board though. Same board I have and I 'm wating to upgrade to a better board before I upgrade my graphics but then I'll be going to DDR3 and and i7. Currently I'm satisfied with my GTX260 superclocked. JMO. Fabe
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15 Jul 2010   #3
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Neither.

The new 'must buy' card out there right now is without a doubt the GTX 460.

5850-level performance for ~$200 bucks ($199 for the 768MB version and $230 for the 1GB one). Awesome temperatures with very reasonable power consumption.
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16 Jul 2010   #4
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

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16 Jul 2010   #5
Squid

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Wow I must have been in tunnel vision mode since I didn't even know the 460 was out there. It has just about everything I have been looking for between the 260 and 470 (336 stream processors, but best of all DX11!!). One thing though, the memory bandwidth is lower than both the 260 and 470. Is that a concern? I mean what is memory bandwidth anyway? Thanks guys!!!!
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16 Jul 2010   #6
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SQUID View Post
Wow I must have been in tunnel vision mode since I didn't even know the 460 was out there. It has just about everything I have been looking for between the 260 and 470 (336 stream processors, but best of all DX11!!). One thing though, the memory bandwidth is lower than both the 260 and 470. Is that a concern? I mean what is memory bandwidth anyway? Thanks guys!!!!
Don't worry about it mate.

The 460 can flat out fly, reaching 5850-level performance.

I would be all over one if I was on the market for a GPU.
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16 Jul 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Coincidentally, TD has a similar offer on the GTX460 that I was looking at earlier:

EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 768MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi at TigerDirect.com

However, my hardware is so old that I doubt that it would perform well on it.
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16 Jul 2010   #8
Everlong

 

The memory bandwidth won't really start to take its toll until you start hitting the higher resolutions. If you're going to be using the 1680x1050 monitor in your specs, then you'll be fine.

It's up to you though really, if you don't mind spending more for the 470 then go for that one too. It's what I'm using now and I love it. Temperatures aren't too bad if you set a custom fan speed up, but then there's the higher power usage if power usage bothers you, but then for the price, the 460 is a great card too.
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16 Jul 2010   #9
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just say, choose a radeon 4x or 5x
More for the money and the cards has a much lower temp/more stability.
But hey if you are a nvidia fan i won't destroy that
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16 Jul 2010   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
The memory bandwidth won't really start to take its toll until you start hitting the higher resolutions. If you're going to be using the 1680x1050 monitor in your specs, then you'll be fine.

It's up to you though really, if you don't mind spending more for the 470 then go for that one too. It's what I'm using now and I love it. Temperatures aren't too bad if you set a custom fan speed up, but then there's the higher power usage if power usage bothers you, but then for the price, the 460 is a great card too.
Currently, I'm using 1980x1024 on a 23" Acer, so I don't know how much difference that makes? I'm too tight to go with the 470, the 460 is at the top of my budget. However, reading earlier comments regarding other hardware bottlenecking the card, like the MB, gives me pause to consider. I'm still using S939, and probably will be for a while.
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