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2 GTX 470s or 2 GTX 480s

post #1 of 22
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So i have been out of the game for some time now and im looking for 2 new cards. whats the more logical choice. are the 480s really worth the extra money. or will 2 470s get my by with ease.
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post #2 of 22
Get 2 10ic 465's and flash to 470's. I can show you how to get them and how you can tell before you commit.
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post #3 of 22
2 gtx 470s gets it done and more. But the 480s scale damn near perfectly it seems. I would have got those had I had the extra money...
post #4 of 22
2x 470's overclocked in the 800/1600/1900-1900 range will net you at or slightly above a stock-clocked SLI'd GTX 480's performance for less heat and less power consumption.

On water, you could reach close to 900 core/1800 shader/2100 memory.

Not to mention, there have been quite a few reports of the HX1000w just not being able to shoulder the load of most custom WC setups with an i7 + 2x480's highly overclocked. The TDP alone of 2x480's will be much higher than 300 watts per card when OC'd greatly, plus an OC'd i7 and all other components.

2x 470's won't pose nearly as large a power draw, considerably less heat, comparable performance but for $300 less. 2x470's will also beat a 5850 and 5870 CF setup, so in terms of DX11 price-to-performance, if heat and power draw isn't a concern with the 400 series, then I really think that the 470 is the best option out right now. They scale up to 105% in some games, and obviously, things will only get better with future drivers.
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2 480's - no regrets here
    
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Well I have to say I am so happy with my 2 470's I they oc really well got mine at 750/1600/925 with stock volts, it really can run any game at 1920x1080 crysis 16xQ 30-50 fps all the time this, linked with excellent tessellation I cant see why you would need 2 480's not saying I wouldn't like it a pair but when your buying a mulit GPU set up the extra cost really adds up I unless your running 2560x1600 I can see the point.
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post #7 of 22
I still say the 2 - 465's and flash to 470's. Granted, not as potent as 2 - 480's, but at nearly half the cost you can't go wrong.
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post #8 of 22
I doubt you could go wrong with either. Personally I think the 470 is less overpriced than the 480.
post #9 of 22
This is pretty interesting, so how close to the 470 is the 465 once flashed?
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post #10 of 22
Gfead you knows you gonna go full 3x480. Why deny yourself and go for 2x480 now and get the third later on.
    
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