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post #31 of 50
This was cool to see, too bad the 270s were missing. Anyone else wish they would have overclocked that CPU a tad... ah well.

Anyway, about my dear beloved 480s, back the hell off I love these cards so much, sure they're hot and power hungry, but they are still beasts. (And beast with rock solid VRMs too)
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Let's take a moment to remember the GTX480's that never saw the light of day:

BFG



XFX

[removes hat] They will not be forgotten.
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I kept my card over a free upgrade to a 570 because of the robustness of the design and its ability to OC past a 570's reliable range.

I'll be getting a second card once my WC loop is done.
Forget that!

Get something like this:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...eter-high.html
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This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.
not the 460 - a card that comes with a stock clock of 675 that routinely hits 900-920 is great. Even more so when you consider that when they came out they were $220-$250 and two in SLI can compete with a $580.

Bash the 4 series all you want, but the 460 was a great card.
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Meh, the card still sucks. Uses too much power and runs too damn hot. Extremely lucky I was able to step mine up to 580s.
I had the exact same thought as you when the cards came out. I even wrote a few posts about it over at Tom's Hardware and Nvidia's site, but now I bought one. It's all a matter of price. I bought one new two weeks ago for €227. I was getting 81.º C playing Crysis with a fan mounted on the case side panel, and an idle temperature of 45.º It wasn't loud, but it was noticeable. Fortunately is wasn't an irritating noise.

The main problem with this card was probably the cooler. It just isn't big enough. The only reason I guess they still make 2 slot coolers is because of those people who need to use more expansion slots on their PC's or want to do tri- or quad-SLI.

I bought an Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus for € 53,90 (including VR004 mounting kit). I can't hear the fans. My other case fans and the HDD are louder. It idles at 35.º C and the max temperature playing Crysis is now 58.º C. Absolutely fantastic! If only the card had come with this cooler as stock, I bet nobody (including me) would be saying the bad things they said about it.


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My 480 may be hot and hungry but I still wouldn't trade it for a 570 no sir
Me neither. More VRAM, wider memory bus and a proper VRM design.
 
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This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.

ummm no . They are overclocking beasts.
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I'd easily take a 480 over a 570, but 480 vs 580? No competition. lol
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I'll take a 480 anyday over the 570. Little more heat is a small price to pay for a better quality graphics card.
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meh. most of those increases aren't going to be visible.
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This, the whole 4XX series for the most part was a bit of a joke.
Really? Granted, the GTX 480, 470, and 465 were a bit toasty, but nVidia nailed the mid range market with the GTX 460. That chip is a flipping BEAST. Runs cool, overclocks like mad, and it FAST. It really is the "new" 8800GT. Beastly performance for the price. I'm holding onto mine for at least another year.
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