Originally Posted by tajoh111
The only thing that saved this card is the price. As far as performance and power, the most pessimistic performance and power prediction and overclockability expectations were met. Look for the worst prediction as far as performance and power go, and you will see how those were the most accurate prediction.
I blame mahigan for gettings peoples expectations so high for this card.
I haven't seen Mahigan in ages, and not in any of the recent (~1 month old) 480 threads, so I'm not sure you can pin the blame on him.
If I had to point a finger, it would all the rumor sites with their "leaks", and people themselves for getting overhyped.
Originally Posted by Shatun-Bear
Dunno what benchies you are reading but this is just wrong.
At 1500Mhz OC on air it will blow away a 290 overclocked to the max on air. When I say, 'to the max' I mean what you can generally achieve using just AB.
Also, power draw will be drastically lower for the 480 at 1500 compared to a 290/390 at 1200 for sure.
A 1500 480 will be a few % faster than a stock 980, so I dunno if I would call that blowing away a max OC 290.