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    Question Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Haven't seen any reviews on this yet. Any thoughts? Good Manufacturer? Is it worth getting a slower base clock speed but 2x the memory?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261077

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    personally, i don't trust any vid card manufacturer other than eVGA. they just make the best cards and i don't see the point in spending money on less quality.

    other than that. it's probly faster than the 1gb but i predict that it's not as big a difference as the improvement from the 768m to the 1gb because of the 192-bit vs 256-bit framebuffer.

    wouldn't the extra memory just increase the size of the textures you can run in game? i've had 1gb cards for years now and always been able to run the highest texture settings so i'm not sure how many games would have big enough textures to use much more than that and not need the 480 to keep up.

    just speculating based on my limited knowledge

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    The extra memory will only be useful at very high resolutions, ie. 3 monitors


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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Or for demanding games like Metro 2033. I am slightly curious how these in SLI would do compared to the 480.

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGlasMan View Post
    The extra memory will only be useful at very high resolutions, ie. 3 monitors
    Interesting. Here is what I am planning. Either:

    1) 2-Monitors (24" 1920x1200) one of which will be my main where I play games, the other will be for chatting/whatever.

    or

    2) 3-Monitors (24" 1920x1200) again one will be my main, the other 2 for extras.

    If I do the second one I would get 2 of these cards, plug both secondary monitors into the second card, and have the main card power the main monitor alone.

    I am currently running 1 24" (1920x1200) monitor on a GTX 280 and on some games I do get some delay. Not a hard core gamer, but it's always nice to have a smoother frame rate.

    Would one of these cards running the first option be an improvment over my current set-up?

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    I was referring to Eyefinity type set ups where the image spans 2 or 3 monitors from one card (or sli for 3 fron nVidia)


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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    I really don't believe 2gb on a 460 is going to buy you much. All the sites put the 460 between the 5830 and 5850 in performance. Nearly every video card out almost never benefits from doubling the memory, heck the 480 only comes with 1.5GB that alone should tell you something being that it is much more powerful then a 260.

    The 5870 has many 2gb versions out there and nearly ever review of one of them I've read has concluded the extra memory did almost nothing for performance.

    The Radeon 5970 which is the most power single card out only comes wiht 2gb as a standard configuration and when you go to 4gb models they are like 300 dollars more it's ridiculous. Get the 460 1gb, it's the best configuration of the 460 out by far.
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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Okay so I was thinking about this and may have this wrong because I haven’t used SLI in a long time only Crossfire. I know on a crossfire setup only the memory on the primary card is used (I’m sure someone will correct me if this is no longer true).

    So with Crossfire you might have two GPU’s churning away on your 1 GB cards but you still only have 1 GB of video memory.

    Now if SLI works the same way I could see some merit in running one 460 with 2GB RAM as the primary card and a less expensive 1GB 460 card as your secondary card in SLI. If you’re running SLI likely you are looking at multi monitor set ups and high end applications/Gaming where 2 GPU’s and 2 GB of RAM would be a nice thing to have.

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Okay!!

    It not that only the primary is used, it that the same data is loaded into each card as they each need the same data. So the 2GB card would be loaded with 1GB of data and the rest wasted.


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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    I have a Palit card and its a good card. My only complaint is that the Fan is a little noisy, its louder than my GTX260.

    You will only take advantage of the larger memory when you go above 1920x1200
    Quote Originally Posted by EXPreview.com
    The performance of 2GB model is very close to 1GB version under the resolution of 1920×1200. But 2GB model outperformed with a great advantage under the resolution of 2560×1600.
    http://en.expreview.com/2010/08/08/e...tion/9041.html

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Not sure why anyone running 2560x1600 on multiple monitors would be buying a 460 anyway. Even the 1 GB GTX 460 seems to perform okay on a single 2560x1600 monitor. 5120x1600 or 7680x1600 would require that kind of video RAM, but then why wouldn't someone just have a GTX 480 or 5970? They've already dropped well over 2000 on their display solution alone!
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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    The other day, I went ahead and ordered 2 of the EVGA 1 GB OC cards. The advice from here, as well as some less than stellar reviews made me rethink buying Palit.

    Thanks all.

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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    +1 if you need that kind of memory, go for a better GPU. Not much point with this type of setup and 2GB... I think it is kind of a waste since you got to slow the card down...
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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    I have the Palit Sonic Platinum 1 gig card and it is great. No complaints at all.
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    Re: Any thoughts on this 2 GB version of the GTX460?

    Quote Originally Posted by sturm375 View Post
    The other day, I went ahead and ordered 2 of the EVGA 1 GB OC cards. The advice from here, as well as some less than stellar reviews made me rethink buying Palit.

    Thanks all.
    When you go to register (don't forget you have to do it within 30 days for your full warranty to be valid) it's going to offer you an advanced replacement plan. If you're anything like me you think "I'll get it later if I need to do an advanced replacement." Well, you can ONLY purchase it when you register, and if you don't use it you just lose it. If you're anything like me you'll probably also think '$60 just to have them cross ship, and even then they still do it ground? ' (30 per card, and it isn't transferable among the two so if you only buy it for one card, and the other card is the one that goes out you'd be out of luck - that's why you have to buy it for both).

    Here's the key part though - the RMA process is SOOOO slow when you don't have that advanced RMA plan they sell. I know in the future when I look at an EVGA card I'm going to mentally add $30 to its price and go from there on if I want to buy it or not because I can't imagine waiting so long again if you consider it a primary part of your build.

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