GPU upgrade, decisions decisions

By slh28
Nov 8, 2011
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  1. I'm thinking of upgrading my GPU, I currently own a GTX 460 1GB. Here are some options I have thought up:

    - Get another GTX 460 (£125), probably the simplest solution as it means I don't have to sell my current card. However this is an old generation card and is pretty rare hence the price is actually more expensive than when I bought mine a year ago.
    - 2x GTX 560 non-Ti (£130x2), tempting because a GTX 560 is pretty much the same price as a 460 and a 560 Ti is £170 which is a bit over budget.
    - 2x Radeon 6870 (£140x2)
    - GTX 570 (£260), for some reason the 580 is way more expensive at £360.
    - Radeon 6970 (£260)

    I'm leaning towards either the 560 SLI or 6870 CF setup, same price as a 570/6970 but better fps. Does anyone have any feedback regarding the SLI/CF performance for these cards? Any stutter issues to be aware of?

    Games I want to play are Battlefield 3, MW3, Skyrim and Diablo 3 next year, at 1920x1080. I want ~60fps performance.
    My mobo supports both SLI and CF.

    Any other suggestions are also welcome!
  2. tweakboy

    tweakboy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 518

    With ATI crossfire your going to get a lot of issues and driver problems. Its good hardware, the drivers suck so your gonna have a bad experience. Go with nVidia .

    Man dont throw your money away new sh*T will come out soon. If I were you

    SLI your 460 1GB . then you will get like gtx 580 stock speeds experience. The 4xx and 5xx arent that much apart in performance. Soo for 10fps more your dropping your 460 away, and spending about 500 dollars.

    SLI that 460 and wait for Kepler 2012.

    The 460 1GB alone is a monster and best bang for buck GPU like the 8800 GT in old days.

    SLIing it will give you close to GTX 580 performance.


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