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Hey guys, I am considering upgrading my gpu in the near future and just cant decide between the 470 and 480. I was wondering if anyone could share some wisdom with me and help me decide. How much better is the 480 than the 470? Which card has more overclockability and does the performance gap between the two cards grow, shrink, or stay the same when both cards are at their max overclock? Oh ya and by the way whichever card I choose will be on water so don't worry about mentioning heat issues. Also the price isn't a huge concern but I just don't wanna waste the extra money for a 480 if its not even worth it.
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The 480 is worth it if you just want to use one card. It has more power than the gtx470 and can run 95% of games maxed out no problem. If you are planning to go SLI in the future, get the gtx470. They scale really well and two gtx470's can handle anything.

What you should really try doing if you are brave enough is buy a PNY gtx465 and try to unlock it into a gtx470. There are a few people who have done it and it is the cheapest/best performance you could get. If I hadn't bought my gtx480, I would have tried to unlock two gtx465's.
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so your saying that 480s in sli aren't as efficient as 470s in sli? either way i will probably only use one card for the first 6 months - year.
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so your saying that 480s in sli aren't as efficient as 470s in sli? either way i will probably only use one card for the first 6 months - year.
No, 480 SLI is just as efficient and more powerful but my point is you will never need that kind of power except for benching. If you will only be using one card for 6months-1year, get the gtx480 and overclock it. You will be fine.
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ok, thanks skatpex. + rep. Now its time to go to the WC thread and figure out which block to use and decide if i need another rad.

If anyone has anymore input, id still love to hear it though...
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ok, thanks skatpex. + rep. Now its time to go to the WC thread and figure out which block to use and decide if i need another rad.

If anyone has anymore input, id still love to hear it though...
The EK and DangerDen blocks are the way to go for gtx480. I am getting my EK block today
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A GTX 480 will provide around 20% greater performance than a GTX 470.

Both cards scale really well in SLI; 2x470's is 40% more performance than a single GTX 480.

Basically, if you can afford to drop $500+ right now for a GTX 480 and will be able to drop another $500+ in the near future, then i'd get a 480. If you want to save money, get 2x470, overclock them like mad to surpass stock-clocked 480 performance (you'll be able to push them quite well since you're going watercooling) and you'll have the best Fermi bang-for-your-buck.

As well, if you buy EVGA, you can use their 90-day step program; buy a GTX 470 (or two) and overclock them, see how you do in games and if you think you need more power (highly unlikely) then you have 3 months to pay just the difference to upgrade them to a couple 480's
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As well, if you buy EVGA, you can use their 90-day step program; buy a GTX 470 (or two) and overclock them, see how you do in games and if you think you need more power (highly unlikely) then you have 3 months to pay just the difference to upgrade them to a couple 480's
My logic exactly.
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A GTX 480 will provide around 20% greater performance than a GTX 470.

Both cards scale really well in SLI; 2x470's is 40% more performance than a single GTX 480.

Basically, if you can afford to drop $500+ right now for a GTX 480 and will be able to drop another $500+ in the near future, then i'd get a 480. If you want to save money, get 2x470, overclock them like mad to surpass stock-clocked 480 performance (you'll be able to push them quite well since you're going watercooling) and you'll have the best Fermi bang-for-your-buck.

As well, if you buy EVGA, you can use their 90-day step program; buy a GTX 470 (or two) and overclock them, see how you do in games and if you think you need more power (highly unlikely) then you have 3 months to pay just the difference to upgrade them to a couple 480's

Now im back to being undecided on this issue. So if 2 470s are only 40% better than a 480, it seems like i could OC the 480 to perform as well as two stock 470s. But to be honest I don't know if I will ever have the need to go sli with the 480. The way tech advances so fast, if you don't buy sli to begin with its not even worth doing I wouldn't think cause there is always something better just around the corner...

oh ya and the other problem is $550 is the max budget for this upgrade so i couldnt get 2 470s at the same time.
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Now im back to being undecided on this issue. So if 2 470s are only 40% better than a 480, it seems like i could OC the 480 to perform as well as two stock 470s. But to be honest I don't know if I will ever have the need to go sli with the 480. The way tech advances so fast, if you don't buy sli to begin with its not even worth doing I wouldn't think cause there is always something better just around the corner...

oh ya and the other problem is $550 is the max budget for this upgrade so i couldnt get 2 470s at the same time.
even if you have a 40% OC on a 480 wich is highly unlikely. you would still not see the performance of 2 470s

1 480 should be more than enough to power any game at a decent setting + you can always upgrade in the future!
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