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post #31 of 40
Running afterburner is a must for 480 unless you like bsod

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post #32 of 40
The heat issue with the 480 was blow way outa proportion. Simply turn up the fan and have decent airflow in your case. These are very robust cards and have proven themselves. I remember everyone calling BS on Nvidia's claims about safe operating temps and here we are a year later and its the 570's that are dropping like flies lol. Still, yea more Vram, Wider Memory bus, Same performance. Just grab one, turn up the fan, and enjoy
     
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I wouldn't personally. Heat/power use too much, I have no probs with my 570.
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post #34 of 40
Gtx 480 soc

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-079-GI

Just as quick as a 580 and just as cool

Yes deffo worth picking up at that price
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post #35 of 40
pick up 570 direct cu2 or msi twin frozr 3 power edition

lots of vrms for any overclocks you throw at it
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post #36 of 40
Only issue is the heat and noise from the reference GTX 480s, but their VRM design is much more robust.

If you can find a cheap non-reference design cooler I would rather get that granted you have the case cooling to deal with the immense heat dumped into the case.

If you have a side fan I would suggest turning it to exhaust for a non-reference card.
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post #37 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
I would go for the 480 if it is cheaper.
.....Bought a new Zotac 480 AMP last week for $293 after rebate
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post #38 of 40
Depends on the price. At $300 I say it's an OK deal since it's cheaper than GTX 570. Still you might wanna spend an extra buck for a cooler, less noisier card.
post #39 of 40
GTX 480 all the way. Much more robust, in the long run you'll appreciate that. And insane overclock room with a custom cooling.

Not even a problem so far with mine.
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post #40 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chewy View Post
Gtx 480 soc

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-079-GI

Just as quick as a 580 and just as cool

Yes deffo worth picking up at that price
For £ 249.98 it's a great deal! Or the reference cooled Asus also listed for £ 199.99 + an AXP. Considering the cheapest reference GTX570 sells for £269.99, I'd say there is nothing to think about.

I bought mine two weeks ago brand new for € 227 + € 53,90 for the AXP (+ VR004 mounting kit) = € 280,9. The cheapest GTX570 was selling for around € 320. You won't get a better card for the money.


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Only issue is the heat and noise from the reference GTX 480s, but their VRM design is much more robust.

If you can find a cheap non-reference design cooler I would rather get that granted you have the case cooling to deal with the immense heat dumped into the case.

If you have a side fan I would suggest turning it to exhaust for a non-reference card.

If you have a well ventilated case (with top mounted fans) you don't even need a side fan. I had mine on when the card had it's reference cooler (to cool the heatpipes and the metal bracket)), but then with the AXP I removed it. The card doesn't go above 61.º C while gaming at 99% GPU usage, and the heat goes very efficiently up. If anything, the side fan should be blowing air onto the card so the fans on the cooler get fresh air faster. If you do it the other way around you're interfering with the fans for fresh air. Unless you have a side panel where you can mount the fan in a position just above the GPU and not in the middle or below it.
 
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