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Get a 7850 and overclock it! smile.gif

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Space heater vs modern efficiency, hmm what to choose?
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post #23 of 37
480 is faster and 40$ cheaper.

If you have a cheap PSU go 7850. Other wise i'd go 480. No matter what 480 is faster. Not by a huge margin, but still.
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The 480 is a tad bit faster, but already sucking down power and producing a decent amount of heat. For this and this alone I'd go with the 7870. Even if OC's are the same, you'll enjoy quieter gaming while keeping temps lower and using less power, all while getting pretty much the same gaming experience.

Also, the 7870 is fairly new, and has new drivers and such, which will get incremental performance boosts with updates, while the 480 is quite mature, and unlikely to see much more optimization through driver updates.

Hands down I suggest the 7870.

Edit> The costs savings with the 480 will be null after a few months use of gaming since you have to pay power. So unless its a decent difference, its a moot point at best. You could also twist it around and say eventually the 7870 will pay for itself in power savings vs the 480 after a while. Though thats more of a joke tongue.gif
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The 480 is a tad bit faster, but already sucking down power and producing a decent amount of heat. For this and this alone I'd go with the 7870. Even if OC's are the same, you'll enjoy quieter gaming while keeping temps lower and using less power, all while getting pretty much the same gaming experience.
Also, the 7870 is fairly new, and has new drivers and such, which will get incremental performance boosts with updates, while the 480 is quite mature, and unlikely to see much more optimization through driver updates.
Hands down I suggest the 7870.
Edit> The costs savings with the 480 will be null after a few months use of gaming since you have to pay power. So unless its a decent difference, its a moot point at best. You could also twist it around and say eventually the 7870 will pay for itself in power savings vs the 480 after a while. Though thats more of a joke tongue.gif

7870 is like $360 at the price you might as well reccomend 7950 @ $380 but then....... Why not just get two 480s for a little bit more.
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7870 is like $360 at the price you might as well reccomend 7950 @ $380 but then....... Why not just get two 480s for a little bit more.

I thought someone above me said it was a $40 price difference. I gotta stop taking things as-is and just look it up I guess. Not looking into this further, no time, so I retract my previous statements on this basis.

Edit> and just so people know, I know its a $90 price difference or so, but different people in different places have different prices, so I was unsure of the OP's prices. If close, the 7870 for sure, but at $90 or so... it can get hazzy. Really comes down to what you need from it, what your doing, and how long it needs to last.

I also said the 480 is a tad faster, though I think its the other way around... I don't follow these cards enough to know... so I'll shut my trap b4 saying something dumb redface.gif
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While 480 is slightly faster, it has the worst performance to wattage ratio than 7850. Simply put, a power hungry beast/space heater.

7850 without a doubt.
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The Gtx 480 is still a good contender it just puts off alot of heat I wouldn't have them if I wasn't using 2x360 rads on there own loop, I'm pretty sure I'm not upgrading until the Gtx 685 or GK110 because tri 480s still do really well at 2560x1600 in BF3 or any other game for that matter and I'm just barley over-clocked when gaming.
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Wow I've been looking for a card for a surround gaming and now with the overclock on the 7850 allowing for 7950 levels I know what I'm getting
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The Gtx 480 is still a good contender it just puts off alot of heat I wouldn't have them if I wasn't using 2x360 rads on there own loop, I'm pretty sure I'm not upgrading until the Gtx 685 or GK110 because tri 480s still do really well at 2560x1600 in BF3 or any other game for that matter and I'm just barley over-clocked when gaming.

That would be completely overkill...
 
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