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I wouldn't go GF100 on air, it's a great card to put under water though.

Even well clocked 470's will trade blows with 6970s because of their poor overclocking headroom and lack of tessellation units.

If you can get a 480 for $220, and a RX120 rad loop going for the same price or slightly more than the 6950 I'd go that route, if you can't the 6950 is a decent card but it will be just as loud/hot as any 480 in that case.
    
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared;15390140 
I wouldn't go GF100 on air, it's a great card to put under water though.

Even well clocked 470's will trade blows with 6970s because of their poor overclocking headroom and lack of tessellation units.

If you can get a 480 for $220, and a RX120 rad loop going for the same price or slightly more than the 6950 I'd go that route, if you can't the 6950 is a decent card but it will be just as loud/hot as any 480 in that case.

Sound isnt a concern, it will be used with a sound system and will be placed around 8ft away. Ya i guess, idk ill have to think about this tomorrow morning, i might just say screw it and grab the 570 even though its like $70 more but by the time im ready to pay off the visa bill i will prolly say, " geez shoulda got a 570 for an extra $70"

This is a new build so thats why my budget is limited, ill have to decide tomorrow. If a 6950 is gonna be just as hot then should i grab the 480 then? Its either gonna be that case i showed in the pic above or a SG07.
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A 6950 at stock isn't going to create as much heat as the 480, there is probably a 100-150 watt power draw difference between the two.

GPU temps and power draw or heat dissipated are two different things, a good cooler such as water cooling like mine will take the overvoltage and 50%+ overclocks I'm putting into my cards and turn out gpu temps in the 40C range or lower. Which is well below what you'll see on air at stock with those cards. However all that heat doesn't just disappear, it's dissipated by my radiator into the room (or in my case outside).


What some people are telling you is that the amount of heat the 480 throws off into your room is going to cause your room to be slightly hotter than it would be with a 6950.

The difference with a single card would probably be 1 or 2C at most.


All that said the gaming industry is really letting us down, new titles are coming out with either a total lack of DX11 features, while still being DX11, or simply coming out as DX9 titles. 470/480/570/580 are all better DX11 cards than the 6950/6970, however software is lagging well behind hardware anyways which allows the AMD cards to look decent in modern titles since their ability to use the DX11 API fully has been rather lacking / console ported.
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Gtx 480 all the way, its a beast of a card and the heat they produce is well over exagerated, If this does become a problem an aftermarket cooler is the solution. my soc 480 is overclocked to 580 levels and was an absolute bargain for the performance given!!
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i think you have your answer man just get the cooler card the 480 570 and 6950 are all pretty comparable
but because of your cramped space get the 570 or 6950. If you can upgrade the cooling later and can find a cheap 480 get it


performance wise it goes
6950<480<570
heat wise under load
6950(75ish)<570(85ish)<480(95ish)
Edited by smokebaca - 10/21/11 at 7:18am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by smokebaca;15393486 
i think you have your answer man just get the cooler card the 480 570 and 6950 are all pretty comparable
but because of your cramped space get the 570 or 6950. If you can upgrade the cooling later and can find a cheap 480 get it


performance wise it goes
6950<480<570
heat wise under load
6950(75ish)<570(85ish)<480(95ish)

Not really. The 480 should pull ahead of the 570 clock for clock, due to the extra memory and bandwidth.

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Originally Posted by Droogie;15394078 
Not really. The 480 should pull ahead of the 570 clock for clock, due to the extra memory and bandwidth.

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uh no.... the 570 is slightly better than the 480 clock for clock and it runs cooler. Nearly every single benchmark even on youtube shows the 570 barely beating out the 480.

it has less heat
and a much less power draw
and slightly more powerful giving you like 2 fps difference in a lot of cases
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post #48 of 55
if that 230$ is for a new and unused 480, ill go with that.
Heat is not a problem, just stick a 120mm in front of it
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post #49 of 55
go 480, the heat is over-exagerated like others have said..and if you have no problems with the fan at 100% then it is even more.
i have mine at 820/2000 @ 1v, which is around 580 levels and it never goes over 75C at 80% fan.
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6950 can easily be OC'ed to match/surpass the performance of a stock6970, especially if it is one of the dual fan models.
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