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[SOLVED]MSI GTX 480 Lightning vs GTX 560Ti 448 vs GTX 570? Which is the best option?

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Got a new rig not too long ago and its running GTX 275 COOP at the moment. Its a great GPU, but I want to be prepared for Borderlands 2, Farcry 3, Metro, Most Wanted and such. I have all of my ATI GPUs mining and I do not want ATI in my gaming rig ever again. I really enjoy rare GPUs and I could get GTX 480 Lightning for $250, but that seems way too expensive, while GTX 560Ti 448 and GTX 570 are around $220. I really like to overclock but I need a quite solution as well, seems like Twin Frozr would be perfect. So is the Lightning worth it? Maybe I should buy vanilla GTX 480 and aftermarket cooling? Or should I just say no to older tech?
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I'd say no to the 480 because the GTX 570 is more powerful.

 

However, the E5530 will be a bottleneck for all 3 of these video cards.  Still, I think you would notice a difference between the 480 and the 570.  Plus, if you were to upgrade to either Sandy or Ivy Bridge, then you'll be glad that you went with the 570.

 

However, I have a feeling that some people will recommend that wait for the GTX 660 Ti.

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Waiting for a 660Ti is what I'd recommend. Either that, or going RED. If you're looking to upgrade, you had might as well get the newest-gen (normally). In this case, something like a 7870 would work really well. I don't know what you have against AMD/ATI....but I'd take a 7850 over a GTX570 right now. I don't hate nVidia (just sold a GTX470 and considered a GTX670)....but at that price point AMD is the leader right now. The 6xx and 7xxx series GPU's are great for their perf/power or perf/heat numbers.
 
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I'd say no to the 480 because the GTX 570 is more powerful.

However, the E5530 will be a bottleneck for all 3 of these video cards.  Still, I think you would notice a difference between the 480 and the 570.  Plus, if you were to upgrade to either Sandy or Ivy Bridge, then you'll be glad that you went with the 570.

However, I have a feeling that some people will recommend that wait for the GTX 660 Ti.

I got E5530 at 2.993Ghz right now and could get it to 3.5, will it still bottleneck?
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Waiting for a 660Ti is what I'd recommend. Either that, or going RED. If you're looking to upgrade, you had might as well get the newest-gen (normally). In this case, something like a 7870 would work really well. I don't know what you have against AMD/ATI....but I'd take a 7850 over a GTX570 right now. I don't hate nVidia (just sold a GTX470 and considered a GTX670)....but at that price point AMD is the leader right now. The 6xx and 7xxx series GPU's are great for their perf/power or perf/heat numbers.

I had two 5830s and 6950 before I put those in mining rig and something always would go wrong or annoy me. As soon as I put GTX 275 in, I got a much better experience overall, just no problems at all, unlike with ATI. 660Ti would be nice, but it is out of my budget. I have not bought a new GPU sense 2007, I usually prefer to get older gen hardware to save some.

I was thinking about sandy bridge, but its just too expensive.
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I got E5530 at 2.993Ghz right now and could get it to 3.5, will it still bottleneck?
I had two 5830s and 6950 before I put those in mining rig and something always would go wrong or annoy me. As soon as I put GTX 275 in, I got a much better experience overall, just no problems at all, unlike with ATI. 660Ti would be nice, but it is out of my budget. I have not bought a new GPU sense 2007, I usually prefer to get older gen hardware to save some.
I was thinking about sandy bridge, but its just too expensive.

 

Yes it will.  I had an E8400 @ 4.0 GHz with the GTX 470.  When I got the 2500K, I noticed an improvement right away even with the 2500K at stock.

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Yes it will.  I had an E8400 @ 4.0 GHz with the GTX 470.  When I got the 2500K, I noticed an improvement right away even with the 2500K at stock.

But there is a huge difference between E8400 and E5530? Especially in multi threaded games like BF3. 2500k is in a whole different league off course.
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But there is a huge difference between E8400 and E5530? Especially in multi threaded games like BF3. 2500k is in a whole different league off course.

 

Oh, I forgot that it's a Nehalem.  Hmm...

 

Then I'll just say that I would go with the GTX 570.  :)

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Straight from the lab, the GTX 480 offers more kick than the 560 Ti 448 and the 570. It is an extremely appealing option considering its price point.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

If you are willing to stray into AMD territory biggrin.gif the 7850 is an attractive option and is very overclock friendly. My Asus 7850 with the DirectCUII cooler is overclocked to 1300Mhz on the core and the memory is running at 1500MHz. Performance with these clocks is roughly the same as a factory 7950. In addition, the 7850 also runs cooler and draws less power than its competitors. If you will not be overclocking then the 480 is the clear choice.

Stock performance: 480 > 570 > 560 Ti 448 > 7850

You could also wait for the 660 Ti
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Oh, I forgot that it's a Nehalem.  Hmm...

Then I'll just say that I would go with the GTX 570.  smile.gif

GTX 570 it is then. Probably could find Twin Frozr III or Classified for about $220. Still really want 480 Lightning just to have it lol
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GTX 570 it is then. Probably could find Twin Frozr III or Classified for about $220. Still really want 480 Lightning just to have it lol

 

Yeah, I don't blame you.  I really would have preferred to have the GTX 580 Lightning just for the way it looks!

 

I should say that one of my reasons for saying that I would prefer the 570 over the 480 is that the 570 pulls less power and produces less heat.  So if you were to have two 570s in SLi, then it would be cooler than two 480s.


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