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EVGA GTX480 still worth at $249.99?

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Simple question.

This is mainly considering power consumption, noise and heat. At 1440 x 900 I really shouldn't worry but I just need some general idea of how it is. And is there any way to decrease temperatures? Especially in the summer I will be gaming ALOT.

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no. There are quieter,cooler and more power friendly cards in the $250 price range.
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It's a mere tick under the performance of a 570 which is $300+ and it has more vram, so yea it's still a good deal.
If you look around you may be able to get one for cheaper.
Edited by pengs - 2/28/12 at 8:33pm
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Yes yes yes- it runs a bit hot as I am sure you've heard but I have one maxing out BF3, Crysis etc- 1080p with plenty of AA.

Very powerful reliable card... doesn't even need overclocked smile.gif


I recently installed a VF3000 heatsink/fan setup on mine and its running no hotter than 55C after hours of BF3 play.... so that solves any heat issues if you have some ambition to do the installation.
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There are more efficient quieter cards available in that range that can handle 1440x900. You could undervolt the 480 to get it to run cooler if you are deadset on one..
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At 1440 x 900, a GTX 480 doesn't seem ideal unless you plan on upgrading your monitor sometime soon. In fact, I'd rather put that $249.99 toward a new monitor.
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I don't really like high resolution monitors. I sit some what close to my monitor and I hate when I have to drag my eyes all the way to the other side of the screen just to see whatever. And when I meant "mainly concerning the power consumption" etc I meant is it a good idea to spend $249.99 on a high performance graphics card with high power consumption and heat. If it's not that far off from the GTX580 than I will be getting this card.
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It still worth $250 easily. They are beasts, I can max out BF3 without any lag what so ever, yeah it is a hot card that gets loud, but if you have a headset on you don't even notice it.
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For 250 grab a HD 6950 or GTX560 Ti. You really dont want the heat for the summer.
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