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post #11 of 20
Used 580 or a used/new 570 should be more than enough. But there's no such thing as "future proof" in PCs, you should know that.
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Go with the 570 and never look back. It really is the best that you can get in terms of down to the wire raw speed. It will do things at 1080p which a 560 ti can only dream of !

And i thought this sub section was primary for Nvidia cards only, why are other suggesting Radeon 6970's and such? If OP has a 2 different chipset companies in mind, why not post it in the General section? So there can be both parties that can properly discuss the advantage/disadvantages of each card.

We wouldn't want some Nvidia fanbiased person taking over in the ATI section, now, would we?
Just because this section says nVidia at the top doesn't mean everyone in it is a nV fanboy, nor that every thread must be strictly about nV cards.

The OP specifically asked about both 'brands' of cards, so it's not off-topic for people to be talking about both. And as long as no silly flame-war breaks out, this thread is cool by me.

I'd wager most everyone who spends much time here on the nV forum also pops into the AMD forum and posts there as well. I always have, no matter which of the two I owned at the time.

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post #13 of 20
EVGA b stock has a recert 580 for $369.99. Personally, I would jump on that.
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EVGA b stock has a recert 580 for $369.99. Personally, I would jump on that.
That's a fantastic offer. if i was in the market for a gpu i'd jump all over that!
post #15 of 20
The 480 is really not worth it, especially since you can find 570s for the same price. It eats up at least 100 watts extra in full load for the same performance. That's without even considering OCing, being a such a hot card it's not recommended.
post #16 of 20
HD 6950, OC to 6970, use extra monies you saved on power bill to buy candy.

Sapphire or ASUS.
Edited by Techprimus - 8/21/11 at 8:30am
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post #17 of 20
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Hmm? I thought AMD cards couldn't monitor VRAM usage. Did his performance change significantly moving to a 2GB card?

Anyway, Of the 4 listed the 480 should be the most powerful (if it clocks well).

It's roughly equal to a 570 at stock but is slightly faster clock for clock, and has a fair bit of headroom with proper cooling.

Of course it will also be by far the hottest, loudest and most power hungry. Since running dual cards is out of the question for you though, that shouldn't be a huge problem.

If you're more interested in energy efficiency and extra memory then the 6950/70 might be a better option.
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Snap. You're right, ATI/AMD never coded the driver API to expose this property so that software can read that value in Win7/Vista, unlike nV. At least, not unless a new driver has recently come out that supports it ... I'd think I'd have heard about that if it did though.

I'm afraid your friend was probably not looking at vram usage with his AMD card.

I only *very* rarely have seen all my vram (1.2GB) getting all used up, and that's at 1920x1200. 1.2GB is fine for 1080p. Worst case you sacrifice a little AA from time to time.





This one can save you a bit of money and provide you with enough vram (2gb):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500212
post #18 of 20
If you are looking to spend close to $400 then the 570 or 6970 would be the best choices. you could opt to get a 6950 with the 2gb of vram and save some money.

If you decide to get a 570 just make sure to get a non reference design (MSI TFIII or asus direct CU II) since they have the stronger VRMs and a better power delivery system so you wont have any VRM troubles like some of the people who got the reference designs.
post #19 of 20
If it were me, I would get a 480. If your patient you could get two for under 450. Two 480 in sli will mop the floor with a single 580 or 6970.
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post #20 of 20
The EVGA B-stock 580 is a great deal which has tempted me so many times in my weaker moments. For 370, it's a pretty sweet option!

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20

Perhaps when I get paid again.......

Edit: Looks like it's OOS right now
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