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Hey all.

Basically, my brother is looking for a new card to buy and I said he may be able to buy mine. I saw ~Strawberry~'s for sale thread and thought I may be able to sell my brother the 5850 and upgrade to a GTX 480.

Would trading up to this be worth it or would I be better waiting for other cards? I am thinking of upgrading to a Dell U2711 which has a massive resolution (2560x1440) and will need more VRAM than the 5850 currently offers to be able to run games on that anyway.

Will the 480 be able to run games smoothly on that monitor or am I better getting another card or crossfiring two 5850's? I'd really like to help my brother out but obviously I can't if the price difference is too huge.
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1GB of VRAM isn't much anymore.
While 1GB GPU's can game at 1200P + resolutions, they can struggle alot, and some settings really dampen thier performance at high res.

The 480 is a ripoff at $400, I wouldn't pay a dollar over $275 for a GTX 480, when you can get a 570 shipped for $350.
If you don't mind the GF-100 issues though, getting a stellar deal on a 480 isn't the worst idea.

The 6970 has great high-resolution performance and can be had for $365 shipped, and it would be a decent upgrade coming from a single 5850. Its about as fast as a 570 but its 2GB VRAM makes it a nice option for high resolution gaming, ill will lose to a 570 at 1080/1200P but at 1600P it will edge it sometimes.
Edited by amstech - 12/21/10 at 9:55am
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post #3 of 11
Well My 480 is @ 850 core. Easy out runs this 5870 rog asus I got.
480 @ 90 fps.
5870 @ 65Fps.
So i would get 580 or 570. 570 cheaper then 480 and runs cooler and faster.
I am in line, with evag. started 745 now 640 in line only took 2 months. But free upgrade to 580 Priceless. I mite have it By june.
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You'd benefit from the extra VRAM if you did get a U2711, but even my 5850 could max most games at that res, apart from BFBC2/Crysis/Metro and all that. I can't reccomend crossfire myself as I had no end of trouble with my 2 5850's, but Strawberrys deal is a very good one, but then again many people have CFX without problems. My 5970 has been no trouble.

Bear in mind the heat and noise produced by the 480 is considerably more than the 5850. but if you add it to your loop, that'll solve that
    
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Ya, as stated above it would be more wise to get a 570 instead of the 480. Not only is it cheaper it also performs better.

Thinking of picking one up myself since the one I am looking at has a red/black shroud which would match the rest of my computer.
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Yep, agree with the all of the above, no on the 480, yes on the 570. If you go with the massive resolution path, then maybe look at the 6970.
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Thanks for the replies. The 570 isn't really an option as it's VRAM I need. The 480 boasts 1536 whereas the 570 is only 1280. I need that extra VRAM to be able to run at my proposed resolution, you see.

If I can get this 480 cheap then I will but I was not looking to spend a lot of money. I was simply trying to get an upgrade to allow me to run at that resolution without forking out a lot of cash.
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Thanks for the replies. The 570 isn't really an option as it's VRAM I need. The 480 boasts 1536 whereas the 570 is only 1280. I need that extra VRAM to be able to run at my proposed resolution, you see.

If I can get this 480 cheap then I will but I was not looking to spend a lot of money. I was simply trying to get an upgrade to allow me to run at that resolution without forking out a lot of cash.
I think the 6970 will be the best option for you. I will be going this route, as I am using my iMac 27", (2560x1440) and a Radeon HD 6970 with 2GB GDDR5.
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Hmm, yeah, the extra VRAM is very appealing. How about the 6950? Not worth saving a little cash on? It has the same memory and would probably perform better than the 570 at such a high resolution (I suppose).
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Hmm, yeah, the extra VRAM is very appealing. How about the 6950? Not worth saving a little cash on? It has the same memory and would probably perform better than the 570 at such a high resolution (I suppose).
The 570 is still overall faster at 2560x1440

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/H...HD_6950/2.html
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