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Out of these two, which would you go with and why. Things to consider:

The 570 is one with the extra phases, so it doesn't suffer from the vrm frying issue. Both cards would be watercooled with an mcw82 + sinks, so stock cooling noise, etc wouldn't matter. They both come factory overclocked, though I plan to push whichever one I get as far as I can OC wise. From what I understand, both are good OC'ers but at the same clocks, the 480 performs better (ie- 850mhz vs 850mhz)? The GTX 480 is $30 cheaper. I will be using my gtx 260 c216 as a dedicated physX card.

I game at 1920 x 1200 and don't plan on getting additional monitors any time soon. I don't plan on SLI'ing but will get a new card when the time comes to upgrade in a couple years. Even though the price point is similar, I'd rather not go with a 460 2win since I already own the mcw82 waterblock and would need to buy an additional block for it.

If these both are only a few % within each other performance wise, and have similar OC potential, I'd obviously just rather go with whichever is cheaper.

$329 - EVGA GTX 480 SuperClocked+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130558

$359 - EVGA GTC 570 Classified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130692


Comparison:
GTX 480 / GTX 570

Warranty:
Lifetime / Lifetime

Core Clock:
726 / 822

Shader Clock:
1451 / 1645

Stream Processors:
480 / 480

VRAM:
1536MB / 1280MB

VRAM Bandwidth:
177 gbs / 152 gbs

Pixel Rate:
33.6 gbs / 29.2 gbs

Texel Rate:
42 Gts/ 43.9 Gts

ROP's:
48 / 40
Edited by Steven-1979 - 7/22/11 at 10:42am
    
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The price of the 480 seems a bit high. Someone is selling a 480 with a waterblock in the marketplace. Take a look!
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The price of the 480 seems a bit high. Someone is selling a 480 with a waterblock in the marketplace. Take a look!
I want that lifetime warranty though. Plan to hang on to this purchase for a couple years.
    
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Longer than 3 ?
    
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I would go with the 480 if you are watercooling just because of the better overclocking and more VRAM.

But why spend that kind of money on a 480 now? If you can afford $350 for a 480 you can save up for a used Asus/MSI/Gigabyte (serial warranty) 580 or spend it on a 6970.
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Longer than 3 ?
I think 3 might be around that time. I've been using this gtx 260 for about 3 years. I don't really have anything to base it on. I imagine if in 3 years time the performance difference is this large, I'd be itching to switch again.
    
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I would go with the 480 if you are watercooling just because of the better overclocking and more VRAM.

But why spend that kind of money on a 480 now? If you can afford $350 for a 480 you can save up for a used Asus/MSI/Gigabyte (serial warranty) 580 or spend it on a 6970.
Are you saying a 6970 is better? I'd have no problem considering one ... but heard they are poor overclockers, so once you take OC into account, they're not as good. The 480 is $329, so it's in a similar price range as the 6970's though.
    
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I'd rather have the 480, but at that price its over-priced.

Lifetime warranty is great and all, but you can get a 480 lightning for that price without a silly MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127532
    
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Are you saying a 6970 is better? I'd have no problem considering one ... but heard they are poor overclockers, so once you take OC into account, they're not as good. The 480 is $329, so it's in a similar price range as the 6970's though.
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They are pretty comparable at 2560x1600. What resolution do you prefer to play at? At 1080p I would just go with the cheapest one since they are all so close in performance and the extra VRAM of the 6970 won't really make a difference. That review doesn't show a 480 but you can assume it's going to be fairly similar to the 570.

Best GTX480 for water cooling (reference) and it has lifetime warranty. $299 shipped.

I do like that Lightning for $329 though, if you aren't watercooling go with that one.
Edited by Segovax - 7/22/11 at 11:16am
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I'd rather have the 480, but at that price its over-priced.

Lifetime warranty is great and all, but you can get a 480 lightning for that price without a silly MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127532
This, watercooled 480's are beastly but as balla said that price is way too high, see if you can pick one up in the f/s section.
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