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Wanted to get people input about these 2 graphics cards. From searching through different benchmarks, seems like the 480 out performs the 6950, and even the 6970, and can be seen at price points similar to a 6950 2GB. Is there a reason they are priced so close when the 480 seems to dominate?
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post #2 of 58
It really depends what game you use them on.
As for the price similarity, people like to upgrade to the current generation. The 480 used to be the same price as the 580 but now that the 580 is out, it wouldn't make sense for them to be the same price.
The 6950 can be unlocked to a 6970 so that is pretty good value.
    
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It's cheaper because it's older, hotter and louder than the 6950. Both are good cards. If you can get aftermarket cooling then get the GTX 480, otherwise get the 6950.
    
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480... stronger than the ati's there.... and it is older so it will be cheaper....

if it was me, i would go with the nvidia card.... ati stuff scare me as they have horrible drivers
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Originally Posted by levontraut;13475972 
480... stronger than the ati's there.... and it is older so it will be cheaper....

if it was me, i would go with the nvidia card.... ati stuff scare me as they have horrible drivers

I upgraded from crossfired 5770's to crossfired 6950's, have never once had a driver issue. Never even had the mouse input lag some have made notorious. Reason why I personally went with these cards over the 480's was heat. My 6950's have never let me down and have done everything I've ever asked of them. Certainly a decision I don't regret.
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post #6 of 58
heat is not a problem for me..... if they get hot... sort out the air flow in the case... if it still does not work... there is water.


also the 480 in a single version does not get to hot... it all depend on the layout of your board and how many you got all crammed in
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post #7 of 58
The GTX480 can be had for around £170 so a pair of them would be the same as a GTX580 and still out perform it.

Same goes for the 69xx series, the (£160) 5870 is slightly behind the (£180) 6950 but a pair of 5870's will pwn a (£500) 5970 and be closer to a pair of (£170) 6870's (for less)

Its all relative, i've always been a fan of 2nd gen flagships for price + performance, i'm getting twin GTX480's for that exact reason,
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Quote:
Originally Posted by levontraut;13475972 
480... stronger than the ati's there.... and it is older so it will be cheaper....

if it was me, i would go with the nvidia card.... ati stuff scare me as they have horrible drivers
Amd drivers for the more recent hd 6000 series cards are fine.

I've owned 480's in the past. Unless you have good airflow in your case, i wouldn't recommend getting a 480. Also, more power needed to run this card over a 6950 and you are buying a generation old gpu with the 480.

The 6950 is a solid choice as it's performance isn't too far behind the 480, can potentially unlock to a 6970, and you are getting amd's most current gpu line.
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Does not get hot? I think this chart says it all:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/12/16/ati-radeon-hd-6950-review/10

The 480 is a hot power hog. There are too many better cards to choose. 376W at full load? That's insane.
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well the 480 does get warm... but if you look at the power behind it, it is a beast. and so what if it draws so much power to get it working..... i still think it is the strongest 2nd gen card out there.. the new 500's are good but anything to beat the 480 is the 580 and up... and the 6990 yes as well... anything less that that , i do not think it will beat the 480.
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