gtx 760 or (2) gtx 450 sli

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by joshzac, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. joshzac

    joshzac n00b

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    Hello everyone. I currently have 2 gtx 465 cards on SLI. EVGA GTX 465 1GB. They have served me well but thinking that was like 3 years ago. Should I upgrade to say the GTX 760. Will one card be enough to see good improvement or do I need 2 of them and set them up in SLI. My system is: Processor: AMD FX-8150 overclocked @ 4.2Ghz Memory: Corsair vengeance 2x8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Motherboard: sabertooth 990FX Cooling: Cooler Master RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 Disk Drive: Plextor DVDR PX-L890SA ATA Hard Drive: Western Digital WDC WD1001FALS-00j7B1 / WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A / WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Monitor: LG 42" 1080P 60Hz LCD HDTV 42LK450 OS: Windows 7 Professional N x64 SP1 Build 7601. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Additional question, should I set the Phys X to be controlled by CPU/one of the SLI cards/ or automatic? :cool:
     
  2. xorbe

    xorbe [H]ardness Supreme

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    A 465 is a little faster (7-8%) than a GTX 650 Ti (non-boost).

    Similar question here: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1787711

    So basically a 760 would free you from SLI and up your vram to 2GB and get you the latest driver features. But it's probably not a big step forward performance-wise if the game has good SLI support. If it doesn't the 760 then will walk all over your 465.
     
  3. dccmadams

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  4. xorbe

    xorbe [H]ardness Supreme

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    I just noticed OP's thread title and first post don't match.
     
  5. joshzac

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    At what level of card would I see a change? (not much at the 760 card.) My bad with the title it is 465 cards I have).
     
  6. GotNoRice

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    Keep your existing cards for now and instead use the funds to ditch your AMD processor for a much faster Intel processor.

    Or if you feel satisfied with that meager AMD processor, upgrade your system to an SSD.

    Only after you've got a newer processor and an SSD would I really consider upgrading your videocards. 2x GTX465s should be plenty to get it done for now.
     
  7. exlink

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    It is always best to avoid multi-GPU setups if you can obtain a single GPU setup with equal performance.
     
  8. GotNoRice

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    I think that rule of thumb applies more to people buying new cards than people potentially keeping what they already have. It would be silly to buy two new mid/low-end cards for SLI if you could instead buy a single high-end card for the same performance, but OP doesn't have to buy anything in order to keep his existing cards.
     
  9. xorbe

    xorbe [H]ardness Supreme

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    If OP can sell his 465 for $50 each, then it only takes $135 more to grab a 760 2GB.
     
  10. LmeAde2

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    Like xorbe said, if you can sell your current cards then definitely get the GTX 760 which shouldn't cost you much more. They perform very well for a budget, single card setup. I had one for quite a while before moving to an R9 280X and it served me well.
     
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  11. 257Tony

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    OP, have you looked into "unlocking" your 465's into 470's? Not hard to do if your cards have the potential. Would give you a speed and vram bump.
     
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    You sir win the award for stupid post in this thread..There is NOTHING WRONG with the 8 core 8120 he has now @ 4.2Ghz..In fact he could slap a ~$65 AIO WC Unit on and probably get another 200~350Mhz depending on the silicon lottery...

    As for the second part of your post, while SSD's are nice (all my systems have them) they do NOTHING for improving FPS in games..Anandtech did a detailed test of this, and saw no difference..

    Unless he purchased them right at launch, there is little to no chance they will unlock..He can tell by looking at the number of RAM chips on the card..IF the card has a black PCB and 8 memory chips instead of the standard 6, then it *SHOULD* unlock..To my knowledge, PNY is the only vendor that sold these configurations in the US ..Since he has EVGA cards, it is 99% likely they will not unlock...

    OP, How much is your budget? $250? $275? That will help us help you...If you watch the "Hot Deals" Section here, you will often see some insane prices on higher end GPUs..This has mainly ended for the AMD cards due to the current mining craze, but as an example BB recently had the XFX 7850s on clearance for under $100 a card BRAND NEW with 3 free games...A pair of these would have given you a nice boost over your current cards, and with the potential of the new MANTLE API, an even greater boost down the road in many new games coming out..

    There are deals on Nvidia cards as well, you just have to watch for them and pull the trigger ASAP ( make sure you have your CC or Debit card ready!)
     
  13. GotNoRice

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    I never claimed there was anything wrong with his processor. I called it meager, and it is, for gaming at least.

    Just one example of many:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/07/27/amd-fx-8120-review/6

    Notice how the FX-8120, even when overclocked to 4.65Ghz, and the FX-8150, even when overclocked to 4.818Ghz (600Mhz faster than OP), still get embarrassingly roflstomped by the stock 2500k at 3.3Ghz? This is not an atypical result... There are just as many games out there that benefit from a faster CPU as benefit from a faster videocard.

    I never claimed it did anything for FPS, but few who have an SSD will deny that it represents a worthwhile improvement for gaming. Does it matter how much FPS you get while on the loading screen?
     
  14. Matthew Kane

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    The processor is fine of course you can buy better but it's OP's graphics cards that are really out-dated and the 400 series had shit SLI scaling, ran hot and loud even if OP unlocked the 465's (10 memory IC's rather than 8) to 470 they are still meh.

    A single 760 would be as fast as the 2 465's in a fully SLI scaled game. Runs cooler and uses less power.
     
  15. David-Duc

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    The rule of thumb is to go with the single fastest card. SLI has many cons: micro-stuttering, high frame times, drivers & games compatibility... most of them have been improved but still far from perfect. GTX 760 is your choice OR you can find the GTX 670 which is a better alternative and priced the same as that of GTX 760.
     
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    Go with a 760, my single 760 blew me away when I realized it just about performed as good as my CFX 6870s. It is a really good card for the price.