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2 x 4850 vs GTX460?

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Well I am putting a build together for my friend who is a LAN gamer... meaning he is on a pro team and I've set all his stuff together with a case with handle bars and a x3 440 and unlocking the bad boy... now to the question...

the 2 x 4850 = $199

single GTX460 = $199 (the FTW edition from EVGA super clocked is $209)

will 2 x 4850 beat out a GTX460? I plan to run the 4850's in CF... I'm really liking the idea of 2 x 4850 since the 4850 / 4870 / 4890's are still freaking powerful. Any help will be greatly appreciated

Thank You All :)

Also extra info :

He does not need / use DX11 since he only plays Counter strike and since the Counter strike arena is not going to die out any time soon he will not be changing games... he might be going to COD4 but again COD4 doesn't use DX11...
 

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the total is exactly the same with GTX 460 or 2 x 4850

and the Resolution is 1366 x 768
 
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I'd suggest the 5830 or GTX460. Both cards are at the $200 price point(maybe $20 more). Great cards that will preform better than two 4850's.
 

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GTX460. maybe slightly slower BUT it has DX11 and less hassle because it is 1 card.Also it has PhysX and cuda (not that it matters anyways)
 
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I vote for the GTX460. I have had a 4850 crossfire setup for a little over a year and can't find a reason to upgrade, (they are beasts in a pair), but if I were buying today, definately the 460.
 
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By the way the GTX460 can overclock past to the 5830. :D If I didn't have a pair of 470's that would be the solo card I would buy.
 

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Always choose single card over dual. Too many errors
 

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Always take the similar performing single card over a dual card setup. I'm sure you are attracted to the allure of having a cool dual card setup. Fact of the matter is a single card is more stable and you will have less issues in all of the programs you use. Less power usage, less heat, less hassle.
 

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okay, can u guys refer me to a mobo that is good with unlocking AND SLI for less then $100?
 

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okay, can u guys refer me to a mobo that is good with unlocking AND SLI for less then $100?
Lol, no. You are currently limited to 2 boards on Newegg. 980a chipset. If you really want SLi (I don't see why) you will have to go Intel. Even then I don't think you'll find a board less than $100 bucks.

Are you sure a x3 440 even unlocks?
 
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go for the 460, I too had a 4850 1gb crossfire setup and they are fast as long as crossfire works. Dont get me wrong it works 99% of time but some games need .exe renaming and such.
An overclocked 460 would be faster than crossfired 4850s too i guess.
 

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Reply to JATowners :

Do you have any complaints about those 2?
None at all. They are beastly. They still slice through everything like butter. If I had to complain, I would say they drink power at load. But that isn't really a complaint, as it has no effect on me.

Edit: They are cooled by 2xZalman VF1000s
 
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I ran two 4850 for a while. They are in fact monsters in a pair. Only reason I upgraded is for DX11. Plus a 5850 is a tad faster but no crossfire problems.
 

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EVGA GTX460 : 209.99

EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superc...




G.SKill RipJaws : 99.99

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Athlon x3 440 : 74.99

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Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling...



CM Storm Scout + GX650 : 119.98

Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, L...


MSI 750a SLI : 96.49


New Egg Grand Total 553.65

Tiger Direct Grand Total 96.94


Total : 650.59



I've give it another day of research and the day after 2moro I'ma finalize it and buy...
 
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IMO

Similar performing Dual VS Single GPU variants - ALWAYS CHOOSE SINGLE OVER THE DUAL SOLUTION.

UNLESSSS.... the dual card solution is significantly cheaper and I mean wayyyyy cheaper.
 
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GTX 460 bro, just like everyone else said:toast:
 

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Looking at the TPU review of the 460 1GB card and seeing that in the closet resolution to your friends it is 9% faster than a GTX280 which was about 4% slower than HD4850 in crossfire, it's reasonably safe to say that the single 460 is your best bet. One other thing, if your friend is a semi pro gamer, I would suggest a new monitor with higher res might be just as good as a card upgrade!
 
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Go for the GTX 460.
Like everyone else said - it's always better to go for a single card solution if the performance/price ratio is similar.

You're saying that it's going to be a gaming machine for a pro/semi-pro gamer so in my opinion it should provide the best possible both performance AND stability.