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I just bought this 560 Ti off someone for $80 (great deal if you ask me!) and I'm thinking about if whether or not I should switch the GTX 470 in my brother's rig for the 560 Ti.

It's a Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti GC Edition (Factory Overclocked, even if just barely) with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM

Meanwhile the 470 is a EVGA GeForce GTX 470 card with 1.25GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

One of the reasons I want to switch it out is for the cooler temps and possibly better overclocking potential and also it's cool looking dual fans.

But I looked up a few reviews and test runs online and many of them suggested while a GTX 470 at stock may run slower than a GTX 560 Ti at stock, the GTX 470 can overclock a lot further than a GTX 560 Ti and even with both overclocked, the 470 will run pass through the 560 Ti? (by a significant amount too in some games)

I'm not to keen on overclocking the GTX 470 too much because I only have a stock cooler with it and while I haven't checked temps (since my brother uses it most of the time), I suspect it runs just as hot as my GTX 570 which is already running very hot (at borderline 80C). I know Fermi cards run hot.

Does anyone have experience with overclocking a GTX 470 (more specifically with just stock coolers) and can anyone suggest what card I should put in.

I'm planning to put the other card in a third system which will compose of an AMD Phenom II X4 BE (again, I managed to get on for $25). Obviously the i5 will make more full use of either card's potential soooo

BTW his resolution (for the moment) is at 1680-by-1050 but he regularly plays on the HDTV at 1920-by-1080 and is planning to upgrade his display to a 1920-by-1200 display.
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I would just stick with the 560ti. Has less v-ram but stays cooler and uses a lot less power. You would be surprised how well 560ti's can overclock. I dont see any reason why you cant get the core to 850-900mhz thumb.gif
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Go 560Ti if you want to stay at stock, go 470 if you want to overclock, though i hear the 560ti performs a lot cooler (with the MSI/Asus heatsinks). The only reason why i say this is because the 470 has more VRAM. If you have any problems with the EVGA card, RMA will come easy since you live in Florida (within USA), the Galaxy might be a little troublesome on customer service...

the 560Ti has 1GB of VRAM, and the 470 has 1.25GB. If you overclock youll find the 1GB bottlenecking your potential, worse than the 1.25gb.
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I would just stick with the 560ti. Has less v-ram but stays cooler and uses a lot less power. You would be surprised how well 560ti's can overclock. I dont see any reason why you cant get the core to 850-900mhz thumb.gif

That's what I heard too but I've also heard 560 Ti over clock doesn't scale as well as the 470 does. I might just put the 560 Ti in either way though!
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post #5 of 9
If your brother wants to upgrade his monitor, keep the 470 for him. The main reason is that it has a bit more VRAM to handle the resolutions.

As for the 560Ti, overclock it in a rig and see how it runs. Compare it to a 470 and see which one you like better.
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I have owned a GTX 560 Ti and a GTX 470. The GTX 560 Ti ran much cooler and quieter than my GTX 470, but wasn't as fast. I didn't overclock it though, but I don't think it would surpass a GTX 470 w/ a 30% overclock. VRAM was a limit though (most of my games maxed it out), and anything below 2GB isn't exactly something I would consider, but for $80, you can't get any better than that. I would get the GTX 560 Ti unless you can get an aftermarket cooler for the GTX 470.
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I have owned a GTX 560 Ti and a GTX 470. The GTX 560 Ti ran much cooler and quieter than my GTX 470, but wasn't as fast. I didn't overclock it though, but I don't think it would surpass a GTX 470 w/ a 30% overclock. VRAM was a limit though (most of my games maxed it out), and anything below 2GB isn't exactly something I would consider, but for $80, you can't get any better than that. I would get the GTX 560 Ti unless you can get an aftermarket cooler for the GTX 470.

Yeah I'm not planning on getting an aftermarket cooler anytime soon yet, should've mentioned that, I'm going to test and see what comes on top at stock and possibly overclock a bit (not too much since I'm using stock fan on the 470) and see what comes out on top then as well. I'll post which one I go with.
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Likewise I'm keeping both either way lol just one is going towards an i5 Sandy Bridge system, the other to a third computer I have planned with an AMD Phenom II X4 BE build (overclocked to 4GHz)
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go with a 560ti ALL DAY

this is coming from an owner of two GTX470's, lol

unless your house is very cold and you need space heating, or u dont like the quiet and love the loud noise these cards make... then these are right up your alley.
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