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    Make sure you have a MONSTER power supply.

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    I think the 4th card is a waste. If I remember, the 4th card does not give much performance gain. Here is GTX480 comparisons and you will see 4 cards does not give much of anything. I will try to find 460 comparison..... these are at hi resolutions....



    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...80,2745-7.html
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    Wow' thanks for posting that, but i find very hard to believe that 4 sucks more than 3 does?? How hell did that happen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zankza View Post
    Wow' thanks for posting that, but i find very hard to believe that 4 sucks more than 3 does?? How hell did that happen?

    These are 480's. I anticipate pretty much the same for 460's too.

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    Here is synthetic benchmarks. Note the gain is not as sunstantial with 3 to 4 as 2 to 3 cards.
    25% or so gain from 2 to 3 cards but less than 10% gain from 3 to 4 cards.


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    @ DrDeath; this is personal preference IMO.

    @Zankza; like I said if you want pure RAW performance power then go with 480s, of course if you can afford them. I can see you can afford 2 now then if I were you then I will go with 2x 480s for now. If I'm not happy with two of them then I will upgrade to 4 of them later on. Like DrDeath said, 4 of them might be a waste. What you can do is upgrade to the third one to see how they perform before get the fourth one.

    I'm not sure if that PSU can even handle 4x 480s. I forgot the estimated wattage now, who know; you might have to use two PSUs to handle all this kind of hardware, of course I was talking about when you overclocking them.

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    I think i might go with 3x 480, But what shall i do with my fourth(or 2 pice slots?)
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    multiple GPUs doesn't mean you will get double performance, because software and games doesn't utilize them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    @ DrDeath; this is personal preference IMO.

    @Zankza; like I said if you want pure RAW performance power then go with 480s, of course if you can afford them. I can see you can afford 2 now then if I were you then I will go with 2x 480s for now. If I'm not happy with two of them then I will upgrade to 4 of them later on. Like DrDeath said, 4 of them might be a waste. What you can do is upgrade to the third one to see how they perform before get the fourth one.

    I'm not sure if that PSU can even handle 4x 480s. I forgot the estimated wattage now, who know; you might have to use two PSUs to handle all this kind of hardware, of course I was talking about when you overclocking them.

    I was just showing the difference between 1,2,3 and 4 cards for him. Deton is a God so don't listen to little old me!!!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zankza View Post
    I think i might go with 3x 480, But what shall i do with my fourth(or 2 pice slots?)

    get a nice sound card....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    I was just showing the difference between 1,2,3 and 4 cards for him. Deton is a God so don't listen to little old me!!!!! LOL
    hey thanks for posting those performance charts hey.

    @Zankza; you can return the Classified 4-way and get 3x 480s now to use with the current mobo you have or leave the empty PCI-E slots.

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    Also remember, multiple 480's will run toasty hot. Expecially with air cooling. More cards= less air flow. You may want to go 2 cards and liquid cool the biatches! The waterblocks are probably around $150ea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    hey thanks for posting those performance charts hey.

    @Zankza; you can return the Classified 4-way and get 3x 480s now to use with the current mobo you have or leave the empty PCI-E slots.

    Who says you have to use ALL the slots anyhow...... (Sound card!)++


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    Um'h Im not exactly hearing anyway.

    Thanks for the suggestion..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Also remember, multiple 480's will run toasty hot. Expecially with air cooling. More cards= less air flow. You may want to go 2 cards and liquid cool the biatches! The waterblocks are probably around $150ea.
    cough.....hey don't let me start talking about water cooling now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zankza View Post
    Um'h Im not exactly hearing anyway.

    Thanks for the suggestion..
    Hey, it's your $$$, you can do what ever you like. We just throw the ideas at you.

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