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Poll Results: Which card?

 
  • 22% (2)
    GIGABYTE GTX480 Windforce3 (non-SOC)
  • 22% (2)
    GIGABYTE GTX570 OC
  • 55% (5)
    MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr II OC
  • 0% (0)
    Other (please specify)
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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by railfan844;13581387 
If you don't want ATI the 480 is probably the better buy. The 570 has some issues with VRMs. But you could always consider an HD69x0 card as well....

The MSI TF II GTX 570 is made of quality components down to the VRM on a non-reference pcb. Awesome card to get btw. Same with the ASUS GTX 570 DCUII non-reference card. No VRM issues btw.

The issues that arose from the GTX 570 reference cards had issues when they were over volted not just over clocked at stock voltage.

Their weakness is they don't handle over voltage higher than stock. The VRM on the reference pcb's isn't as good when used as not intended. The non-reference models havd different quality VRM's.

The reference cards just don't over clock as high as other card that can handle over voltage and it's only the reference cards that are like this.

There is a TON of 570's that don't have one single problem running on 24/7 OC right now. On the 500 Series Owners Club it's non-existent. Over clocked and just perfect performers and happy owners who know how to use them.
     
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you could always wait to get an open box deal on either the 570 or the 480. 570s pop up all the time on newegg as far as open box. I have seen reference models go for under $200

As far as the 570 vrm issues, you wont have any issues as long as you keep the volts under 1.1 and dont disable any protective systems (forgot what it was called).

570's dont just explode from regular usage. And even when overclocking you really have to be asking for it by disabling the over current protection. I have two twin frozr II 570's with reference style vrms, and I crank them up to 925core on 1100mv all the time with no problems. I probably wouldnt keep them overclocked that high for 24/7 usage, but they havent died or caught fire yet.

I would go with whatever is cheaper for you. You could pick up a used 570 or 480 for a reasonable price. Unless your apposed to buying used parts.
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What about the budgets? Which one would you guys go for?
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post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Arizonian;13581641 
The MSI TF II GTX 570 is made of quality components down to the VRM on a non-reference pcb. Awesome card to get btw. Same with the ASUS GTX 570 DCUII non-reference card. No VRM issues btw.

The issues that arose from the GTX 570 reference cards had issues when they were over volted not just over clocked at stock voltage.

Their weakness is they don't handle over voltage higher than stock. The VRM on the reference pcb's isn't as good when used as not intended. The non-reference models havd different quality VRM's.

The reference cards just don't over clock as high as other card that can handle over voltage and it's only the reference cards that are like this.

There is a TON of 570's that don't have one single problem running on 24/7 OC right now. On the 500 Series Owners Club it's non-existent. Over clocked and just perfect performers and happy owners who know how to use them.

the tf2 570 doesnt have nvidia logo on the pcb, but it is reference style. Its identical in every way to a reference pcb right down to the vrms. Doesnt mean they will burn out, just thought I would point that out. It essentially is a reference pcb just made by msi not nvidia.
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post #15 of 21
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hmm... I want to not have to worry about the card breaking above all. If i have to sacrifice some performance for it to last me 4 years i will be happy to do so.
    
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post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by AliceInChains;13581695 
the tf2 570 doesn't have nvidia logo on the pcb, but it is reference style. Its identical in every way to a reference pcb right down to the vrms. Doesnt mean they will burn out, just thought I would point that out. It essentially is a reference pcb just made by msi not nvidia.

Duly noted. Thanks. smile.gif
     
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As to durability, stability, and reliability, which card is the best?
    
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post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Butter on Toast;13582020 
As to durability, stability, and reliability, which card is the best?

Right from their details on each card. Just about a tie. I can't say anything bad about Gigabyte I've never owned one. I have owned two MSI Twin Frozr II cards and the Lightning is a tad better in my opinion. The MSI Lightning would be my choice for all three. You can't make a wrong decision really.

Anyone own or owned a Gigabyte with windforce please chime in for OP.

Gigabyte’s UDV board employs high quality components including 2 oz Copper PCB, 1st tier memory, Japanese solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes and lower RDS (on) MOSFET.

The MSI N580GTX Lightning graphic card uses top-quality Military Class II components including All Solid Cap for overclocking and full-speed operation, SFC for 10% higher efficiency, and 30% increase in maximum current, as well as Hi-c Cap with Tantalum core which boasts 8 times the lifetime of conventional solid capacitors. These high-quality components not only increase the graphic cards' overall service life but also enhance GPU stability
     
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Anyone with GIGABYTE VGA experience?
Also, I'm boiling it down to GTX 480 Windforce3 (the non-SOC version) vs the MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr II
    
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Edited by Butter on Toast - 5/21/11 at 2:13am
    
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