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Old August 27, 2010, 08:46 PM
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Ok so I have decided that I really need to up the graphics on my machine. I currently have the 8800GT and while it was and has been an incredible card it is time for it to move on to less demanding machines.

So that leaves me trying to decide something, which 460 to get. I will get either the eVGA 460 superclocked 768MB or the eVGA 1GB Superclocked EE model.

I am going to continue using my 22" monitor so that means 1680x1050 for the resolution and would like to be able to have AA and such turned up as much as possible. Now as you can see for prices I am looking at $239 for the 768MB and $279 for the 1GB. Do people think that the performance difference will be worth $40?

Also there is the fact that the 1GB is an external exhaust so that should keep my temps down in the case, but I have heard they are a little noisier. I do not have the greatest airflow in my case so it does concern me a little with the 768 exhausting into the case, but nothing I can't manage.

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I think you should shop around and see if you can get a 1GB model from another brand for closer to $200. If you really must get an EVGA card however, I don't think the 1GB card is worth the premium, especially at that resolution.
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1gb all the way, even for your resolution

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Zotac/GeFo...es/perfrel.gif


but but.....


i would wait for a special. 279 is kinda price raping. fall is upon us, i think paciently waiting for a super special or 'omg ati is coming out with x we got to lower prices aka 5830 style when the 460's were almost upon us'
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NCIX has (or had) the MSI one for 230, and as long as you have half decent air circulation with your case it wont matter much if it exhausts out or not. If you want evga I would look around and find it cheaper though.

I just ordered a 460 myself, and I was using a 8800GT up till a month ago (when I downgraded to a gt210 temporarily).
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Since there's 768mb and 1gb models, one has to note which one it is when looking at price? I think most of the 1GB models are at least $240+. Anything cheaper is 768mb or at a brief sale. I was looking at the GTX 460 series of cards and some reviews. It's still a bit expensive for me but it sounds like it has most of what I'm looking for.

I think the 1GB versions give you some 'extras' and I think it is worth $20 to $40 extra but I can't see myself affording a card at almost $300 after tax. Do you guys think there's any difference with brand?

The MSI, Gigabyte and some of the -TR model EVGA cards seem to be among the cheapest 1GB versions. I thought the Zotac looked okay for the cheapest and it has a lifetime warranty but the card looks like an older GTX 260 or GTS 250 in design. Did they re-design it or something? The reviews on it are mixed, it seems, too. Anyway, if they went on sale or to $200 mark, I'd be saving up. But, I don't think the 768mb versions are worth $200. My $.02.
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I say a stock clocked 768mb (if you are concerned about saving a few bucks), or if you are spending a few more dollars go to a 1gb or 1gb with an OC. I personally would go for a 1gb at stock speeds over an overclocked 768mb unless the 768mb OC was on sale for the same or very close to the same price as a non-OC card.

Also, you can get much better prices than that.
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Personally, I'd go with the 1GB model. That being said, I'd definitely try to find a cheaper card from another manufacturer or just wait for a price drop. :)
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1gb all the way, even for your resolution

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Zotac/GeFo...es/perfrel.gif
That graph doesn't help. It just indicates relative performance between cards, but it doesn't tell you if the 768MB card is fast enough for running games maxed out at 1680x1050, which it certainly is. Obviously the 1GB card is faster than the 768MB card, but that extra speed isn't necessary and certainly isn't worth the kind of price premium that separates the two cards linked in the OP.
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I would suggest you're both right. The reason I said that a 1GB card was worth it was from reading several various sources and here's just one example:

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1899

It just seems that if you're going for a top grade card, you're more likely to wish you found an extra $30 but if you're just a casual gamer and do a lot of other things with the card, you won't miss the 'extra bus' or memory. If you don't play those games that take advantage of the extra memory, you won't miss anything.

I like the idea of waiting for a sale or price matching in order to get a lower priced 1GB version but that's just me. I'm more likely to go for an even cheaper card, though...lol... however, these GTX 460 cards sure are temping. If ATI wasn't so crappy at their Linux drivers, I probably would go for a cheaper ATI card, though. If I can find the funds, I'd choose a 1GB GTX 460 card. You won't miss the extra $30 or $40 if you're willing to spend over $200 anyway (is the logic I'd use! ).
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Ok so I have decided that I really need to up the graphics on my machine. I currently have the 8800GT and while it was and has been an incredible card it is time for it to move on to less demanding machines.

So that leaves me trying to decide something, which 460 to get. I will get either the eVGA 460 superclocked 768MB or the eVGA 1GB Superclocked EE model.

I am going to continue using my 22" monitor so that means 1680x1050 for the resolution and would like to be able to have AA and such turned up as much as possible. Now as you can see for prices I am looking at $239 for the 768MB and $279 for the 1GB. Do people think that the performance difference will be worth $40?

Also there is the fact that the 1GB is an external exhaust so that should keep my temps down in the case, but I have heard they are a little noisier. I do not have the greatest airflow in my case so it does concern me a little with the 768 exhausting into the case, but nothing I can't manage.

So peoples thoughts?
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Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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