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#1 Feb 03 2013 at 5:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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BeanX wrote:
Yeah, Ill keep that in mind.

So I'm doing some research on the graphics cards and finding that the GTX 460 SE is slightly more powerful then the 650. The 460 has a slower clock but faster Memory bandwidth and Pixel rate, and a little more power consumption. While the 650 would have better Texel rate (AA rate) and a slightly lower power consumption.

Doing more searching is finding that yeah the 460SE even if its slightly worse then a 460 itself is still faster then a 650 Ti which comes in slightly better then a 450/550 which the 460 is much better then in tests. (According to the interwebs). So I'll consider it or see if I can scrape the extra 40 for a 7850 or 7870 (to much). Partly becuase at the moment seems like the safest bet,and i can get out of my comfort zone/get experience working with ATI's incase I need to fix a pc with them.

The Free games is a plus, I was looking forward to Bioshock already, and Tomb Raider looked interesting. As for deciding which machine to put it in Ill cross that bridge later.

I disagree entirely about the 460 GTX SE being more powerful than the 650 in any respect. For example, take a look at the details tabs of both of these cards:

The 460's were underpowered to begin with. they were actually slower than the 260's, but the 560 and the 650 or 660 are both equipped with faster MHz (400Mhz on average) processors, with bigger throughput pipes, faster GDDR5 memory (1600 Mhz faster on average), more CUDA cores (120 additional process cores usually) and most importantly more memory on the 2GB version. Not to mention the DirectX 11 instruction set which becomes important if your game supports directX 11. Plus the 5 and 6xx series cards supported PCI express 16x 3.0 and the hugely increased bandwidth that made available between the card and the motherboard. If we are talking multiple 460 SE's in SLI vs a single 650, then sure, the argument is there. Aside from that, no.

That being said, get whichever card makes you happy. And the 7850 probably is faster than the 650 GTX.
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