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    I and building my wifes New comp. We are budget constrained so my question is should I go with 2 280GTX cards in sli, or should we get a single 460? Price is about the same or close enough but my worries are which set up will perform the best. Would the 280's in sli run faster than a single 460 or would the 460 out perform the 280's?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaat View Post
    I and building my wifes New comp. We are budget constrained so my question is should I go with 2 280GTX cards in sli, or should we get a single 460? Price is about the same or close enough but my worries are which set up will perform the best. Would the 280's in sli run faster than a single 460 or would the 460 out perform the 280's?


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    I suggest the single.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajaat View Post
    I and building my wifes New comp. We are budget constrained so my question is should I go with 2 280GTX cards in sli, or should we get a single 460? Price is about the same or close enough but my worries are which set up will perform the best. Would the 280's in sli run faster than a single 460 or would the 460 out perform the 280's?


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    Yep the GTX 280s in SLI would run circles around the GTX 460 when SLI is working.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/167?vs=180
    Granted the above link are GTX 285s instead of 280s so at worst you are talking about a 10% difference...

    GTX 285 review showing SLI for contemporary cards at the time (GTX 285/280/260 and GTX 295)
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2711/2
    The GTX 280/285 was no slouch.. it was only due to ATIs HD5850's superior pricing that ($150 less for +10% performance) the 200 series didn't look so good. The GTX 460 768 was barely ahead of the GTX 285, people seem to forget that.
    Now the real question is are you comfortable with Multi-GPU and how important is DX11 to you ? IF you plan on keeping the cards for the next 3+ years then DX11 might start to factor in but on all out performance its easy 280 SLI > GTX 460.
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    As stated, the Sli will stomp the single 460, period. However they will add a fair amount of heat to your case, even with external exhaust they start really heating up once in game.
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    Advice for the future

    If one card is the same price as 2 cards the One is always more powerful and better then the 2 combined .

    Low money amount example

    2 cards 50 $ = 100 $
    1 card 100 $

    the one card will run better almost 100 % of the time

    But if you do it like this it might be Difrent

    2 Cards 80 $ = 160 $
    1 Card 100 $

    Then i would think that the 2 cards that is just under the price of the single one will work better together than the one card that is a little more expensive .
    Hardware golden rule when it comes to Pc parts = What you Pay for is what you get

    Computer parts will allways work like that , You do always pay for what u get . so if you buy cheap u get bad things if you buy expensive you get good things . if you buy middle range price you will get an Average part . But Average parts and bad parts will be very easly replaced since Hardware producers are spitting out new parts all the time . so if you buy a bad part the next game wont work . If you buy average the next game going to run bad , if you buy expensive the next game is going to run good .

    So if you buy an expensive card , That card wil go from Good to average when the next parts come out . insted of going from average to bad . But that does not mean that the next games would work bad , They will still be good . An expensive Part will work for several years .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eriksen View Post
    Advice for the future

    If one card is the same price as 2 cards the One is always more powerful and better then the 2 combined .

    Low money amount example

    2 cards 50 $ = 100 $
    1 card 100 $

    the one card will run better almost 100 % of the time

    But if you do it like this it might be Difrent

    2 Cards 80 $ = 160 $
    1 Card 100 $

    Then i would think that the 2 cards that is just under the price of the single one will work better together than the one card that is a little more expensive .
    Hardware golden rule when it comes to Pc parts = What you Pay for is what you get

    Computer parts will allways work like that , You do always pay for what u get . so if you buy cheap u get bad things if you buy expensive you get good things . if you buy middle range price you will get an Average part . But Average parts and bad parts will be very easly replaced since Hardware producers are spitting out new parts all the time . so if you buy a bad part the next game wont work . If you buy average the next game going to run bad , if you buy expensive the next game is going to run good .

    So if you buy an expensive card , That card wil go from Good to average when the next parts come out . insted of going from average to bad . But that does not mean that the next games would work bad , They will still be good . An expensive Part will work for several years .
    The problem with that is often:
    1x$100=$100 cost at 100% performance
    2x $50 = $100 cost at 130-140% performance

    and by the time the new "upgrade" cycle comes around the single part ($100) will be far replaced by the new "midrange" part ($65-70).

    ex.
    GTX 280/285 vs 2X 9800 vs 2X GTX 460 vs 1X GTX 460
    $600/400 vs $300 (2x $150) vs $400-500(2 x 200-250) vs ($200-250)
    100%/110 vs 110-120% vs 190% vs 101%

    two GTX 9800s are more than capable of passing a GTX 285 for much cheaper, yet by the time the newer generation replaced the G200 (GF400) the midrange GTX 460 easily replaced the last gens high card (GTX 285) at a similiar price with better performance.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/n...the-200-king/6
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2549/12
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2725/8
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2555
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    Awesome thanks everyone for the input. That is alot of info there and it helps a ton. thanks again

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