Within that 5-10°C degree it highly depends if this hot air is going into the case or out of the PC. Many people just hate it when their GPU heats up their room.
I didn't want to say the RX-series is a hopeless spaceheater as the reference 290X was, but it surely needs alot of cooling for being mainstream class cards. At least the cooling is more needed than a smaller dimensioned GTX 1060.
Buyers may have their preferences here, yet I believe a GTX 1060 is better fit for smaller case than a RX470 / 480.
Quiet has many levels of tolerance. I feel like we in Europe only get the B-grade hardware to hellish prices. The few reviews about the RX470 incoming here were not so positive. Loud fans and even coil whine have been reported in more than a few cases. No clue if this is a first batch problem, but I would never engage a game of russian roulette with my new hardware again.
If there are problems, I hope AMD will fix them more sooner than later.
Only where the power is surged from has been fixed. Polaris still draws way to much power for what its class should need.
As I already said, a RX480 draws at least 50W more than a full GTX 1060. The smaller RX470 needs 10W less, although this can still be too much for a weak power supply you find in the usual complete PC offers.
If a buyer just changes the graphics card, those numbers might lead to upgrading the PSU too. Not really preferable for the budget area these cards fight in.
In the HTPC segment this can be crucial too, because you normally have your system run for very long periods.
I am not up to date with the DPC story. A few weeks ago this was reported by the IT sites and Nvidia promised to be fixed by driver.
Just yesterday I noticed the new article of techreport about issues with the 470. The whole story was here.
For me this just means all the new FinFet cards have child diseases and must mature first. We have to see in a long run how this develops further.
First of all we should all be happy to have options in the budget mainstream. This will lead to AMD and Nvidia fight for the best off, which we as buyers profit from in general.
In my opinion all mid-range to lower high-end are compromises at best. As a buyer you have to choose your lesser evil somewhere. The vendors want some margins for themselves too, so there has to be a cut at some places to make the cheap product viable. Everyone has different needs. If you don't want to invest money, don't expect to get the best of the best.
I see all the new GTX 1060's just as a cheap replacement for those guys who always wanted a GTX 980, but could never afford them. Now they get what they want and maybe they will never need that much VRAM. Personally I noticed how spoiled we got over the last years with our demand for performance. If we get aways from the perfectionism and be happy with what we got, alot of hardware will hold out way longer than we may have anticipated.
Edited by Hardware Hoshi - 8/22/16 at 10:03am