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#1 Aug 11 2010 at 5:05 PM Rating: Decent
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so if i get a comp as follows
intel core i7 960 3.2 ghz quad core intel x58 chipset overclocked to 3.9 ghz
6gb ddr3 2000mhz gtx-8 mem
any hd
750watt power supply
any cd
1x nvidia geforrce gtx 460 1gb video card
blah blah blah rest of system

my question

will adding another vid card to go sli mode improve performance significantly?
will it be the difference in running in all high options as opposed to medium or low?

should i spend that extra 300 dollars?

and if 1 card is enough, is a gtx470 any better than the 460? they are basically the same
price.
#2 Aug 11 2010 at 5:12 PM Rating: Good
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To be honest, An extra video card isnt really needed to play the game, It will up the performance but Its kinda costly. from what i can tell, its preety much want to run the game good or want to run the game great. as for the 460 vs 470.. not really sure.

Can always but one card now and a second later as well ;)

Edited, Aug 11th 2010 7:13pm by Puppy1
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#3 Aug 11 2010 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
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One great card is better than 2 good cards. Instead of SLI I would recommend spending the additional money on a single better card (GTX480 or GTX470).

I would also recommend a SSD for faster load times instead of a hdd. You can always add a high storage hdd for media files separate from your boot drive.
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#4 Aug 11 2010 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Prittis wrote:
so if i get a comp as follows
intel core i7 960 3.2 ghz quad core intel x58 chipset overclocked to 3.9 ghz
6gb ddr3 2000mhz gtx-8 mem
any hd
750watt power supply
any cd
1x nvidia geforrce gtx 460 1gb video card
blah blah blah rest of system

my question

will adding another vid card to go sli mode improve performance significantly?
will it be the difference in running in all high options as opposed to medium or low?

should i spend that extra 300 dollars?

and if 1 card is enough, is a gtx470 any better than the 460? they are basically the same
price.


GTX 460s are very similar to the 470 in performance, but the 470 also run hotter and require more power. Both overclock nicely. I personally would rather get a 460.

I would say you could save yourself some money by going with the i7 930, the performance gains will not be worth the extra $300 spent on that processor. Maybe 1-2FPS and 300 on the benchmark.

Lastly, it is hard to say exactly how well this game will utilize SLI, as of now it doesn't seem like there is a lot of support, but with updated drivers and the final release you could see anywhere from 30-90% increase in performance (once again this is up to how well the game is coded for SLI and how well the SLI drivers work with the game).

What I would suggest is going an i7 930, gtx 460 and then a year down the road if people are getting good results with SLI, go purchase a second card (hopefully cheaper by that time as well).

Good luck with ur build!!
#5 Aug 11 2010 at 5:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Why buy 2 cards when you can have 1?
For 2 460's... you could get 1 480. A 480 will destroy this game. In the future if you want to upgrade, you can crossfire 480's when the price goes way down.
#6 Aug 11 2010 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
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Is SLI better? It depends on the game. FFXIV? Probably yes. Others? Maybe not.

Will two 460's run the game on high settings? I don't know since I haven't played the game. My guess would be that you would have to get two 480s or 5870s for that, at least, maybe even two 4970s. The only computers I've seen go above 8k on high on the benchmark were insanely expensive.

However, it has always been my opinion that it's better to get a single higher quality card than two lower quality cards. Plus you'd probably need a bigger power supply in order to run two graphics cards. If I were you I would just get a 5970 instead of two 460s.

Some 460's perform really well and I think I've seen a benchmark that had one brand of 460 performing better than a 470 but on average 470 is the better performer.

Also, you have to be real careful with your motherboard when you plan to do SLI as most motherboards that say they do SLI will limit the pci-e to x8 when in sli.

Edited, Aug 11th 2010 5:24pm by Yogtheterrible
#7 Aug 11 2010 at 6:12 PM Rating: Decent
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fastest single card always, otherwise you are limiting future upgrades

specifically, with 2 or 3 460's from the start there is nowhere to upgrade to. with a single 480 you can always add a 2nd.

I'd wait on video card upgrades, GF104 based replacements for the 470 and 480 can't be too far behind.
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#8 Aug 11 2010 at 6:12 PM Rating: Good
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Sorry Yog but I'm completely the opposite of you on the 5970 recommendation. SLI gtx 460's are shown here competing with even 5870's and winning in games. Hardocp is one of my go to review sites like anand and guru3d and they are credible. Plus the 5970 is absurdly expensive compared to sli 460's. Granted people are saying that SLI isn't enabled in FFXIV but that isn't going to be far behind considering them showing 3d surround @ E3 which requires SLI.
#9 Aug 11 2010 at 6:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Like everyone says, get a 480 or a 5870. Two cards will give you a better score, but with that setup, you are going to be able to run just fine on high, you're just going to be a slightly better score on high, for example 7000 vs 6000.

Also, imho a 930 is all you need, but if you have the bling bling to blow get the 960.

Edited, Aug 11th 2010 8:32pm by Oenos
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