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Old 06-01-10, 09:06 PM   #1
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So I have my GTX 260 SLi rig right now but I am really getting the itch to upgrade. I don't know if I should go GTX 480 now and maybe SLi later in the year or just go GTX 470 SLi. I'm afraid to go single card mainly because I will probably lose some performance.

I mainly game at 2048x1152 with x8AA set in CP to enhance. So what do you all recommend? Take it slow with a single card first or jump right in?
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GTX 480 SLi.
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GTX 480 now, add another later.
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Get a PS3!
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Get a PS3!
He would need a PS10 to game at that resolution.
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He would need a PS10 to game at that resolution.
But at least I would have better games to play.
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I'd vote for a single GTX 480 now and then look to get another one sometime in the future. The performance really is quite a bit better than a single 470 and probably a little bit better than a 260 sli setup (not by much though).

It'll really come into its own when you can get another 480 though
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A single 480 is better than 260's in SLI, so even if you only got one you'd see improvements. The differences between my 295 and 480 were readily apparent, and I liked it so much I grabbed a second, which you could always do down the road.
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Your resolution has 2.4% more pixels than 1920x1200 so you can go by 1920x1200 benchmarks to see what kind of performance to expect. Generally, a single 480 handles 1920x1200 just fine with the exception of maybe Metro 2033. Also from what I've seen, the difference in performance between 4x AA and 8x is negligible in most games. I would expect a single 480 to be fine, but it all depends on what fps you're used to, so I'd go with one to start with.

I bought both of my 480s at the same time but installed them one by one. When I first booted up BC2 I was quite impressed with single card performance even at 2560x1600, however I was coming from a single 280. I sold both of my 285s a few months before and hadn't played much on them so I couldn't remember well enough to compare.

Also I assume you're running 896MB 260s...if so I wouldn't be too worried about any decrease, the added memory on the 480s will help immensely with AA and large textures.
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Your resolution has 2.4% more pixels than 1920x1200 so you can go by 1920x1200 benchmarks to see what kind of performance to expect. Generally, a single 480 handles 1920x1200 just fine with the exception of maybe Metro 2033.
I get 40-50fps in Metro 2033 at 1920x1200, high settings on DX10. With 4xMSAA rather than AAA I get 30-40.

DX11 is a bear though.
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*Emperor Palpatine voice* Do it (SLI'ed 470s). I mean it makes no sense to "upgrade" to something that is equal to what you have and then add one later. That means you've gained nothing. Get two 470's...you WILL see a difference.
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Im gonna go to CompUSA Tomorrow and see if they have any instock.

Man, I hope the airflow in my case is good enough...
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