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cresshead
04-23-2011, 07:24 AM
new graphics card options?

i have a rather old nvidia 8500 [512 mb] on my quadcore and so i'm looking to update it...

main requirements would be for 3d apps plus kinect video stream for mocap using http://www.brekel.com/?page_id=155

i'm on a budget so cheap/capable if possible! :thumbsup:

how's this one?
Palit SONIC nVIDIA GTX 460 Geforce 1GB Graphics Card 139 [amazon.co.uk]
or
Zotac ZT-40402-10P GeForce Graphics Card (GTX 460 1GB DDR5 )

ActionBob
04-23-2011, 12:42 PM
I have a 470 and it is a great card, except for the fact that it is noisy when it gets to working hard. Also, it is a power hog and needs two expternal power leads going into it. So make sure your power supply can handle it.

Honestly, if you can find a good deal on one of the lower end GTX 5xx series, I would go that route - they have the same performance as their like-number 4xx series and use less power and run more quietly.

The 4xx series is being phased out though - so you are bound to find some great deals. I only use eVGA brand graphics cards because their customer service / warranties are stellar.

Hope that helps.

-Adrian

JCG
04-23-2011, 02:06 PM
The 460 is probably more similar to the 570 than to the 470, considering all the reworkings for GF104. It's only 2/3 the size of the 470 (same size as the 560) and uses 2/3 of the power. It uses a totally different (quieter) heatsink/fan from the 470. At that performance, I don't think there's anything that uses less power.

jaf
04-23-2011, 04:06 PM
I recently purchased a 460 and it is indeed quieter than the ATI1900 and Geforce 9800xt's I had previously.

cresshead
04-23-2011, 04:31 PM
thanks guys!...it's on my hit list then!

cheers!

JonW
04-23-2011, 04:31 PM
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Also check out their power consumption at Techreport or Anandtech etc.

Lamont
04-23-2011, 04:33 PM
470 and above, can't go wrong.

cgisoul
04-24-2011, 01:36 AM
if you can go a bit higher, then gigabyte mvidia gtx 560 ti soc.

Ernest
04-25-2011, 02:02 PM
The GTX560 (non-Ti) has just been rumor-announced today. It should be available for purchase on May 17. Something good about the EVGA cards (I don't know if others do it too) is that you can buy the GTX460 now and then upgrade to the GTX560 (or any better card) when it comes out, just paying the difference in price, for 90 days.

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/20828

Lamont
04-25-2011, 03:47 PM
The GTX560 (non-Ti) has just been rumor-announced today. It should be available for purchase on May 17. Something good about the EVGA cards (I don't know if others do it too) is that you can buy the GTX460 now and then upgrade to the GTX560 (or any better card) when it comes out, just paying the difference in price, for 90 days.

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/20828Not all cards qualify for the trade up program.