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GTX 480 or GTX 560 Ti?

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Edit: The 480 is a no-go: it's out of stock until March 15. 560 it is. :/

My aging Radeon 4850 has recently started to show some video decode issues- artifacting + sync issues with web video, blackouts every few minutes with Blu-ray movies, etc. I need to replace it.

My best choices in the $250 bracket seem to be either:

1.5GB Galaxy GTX 480 Super OC (~$245 shipped)
1GB MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II (~$255 shipped)

I'm on the fence because the 480 is a 3 slot model- I'd have to either remove my TV tuner or place it in the crossfire slot, halving the 480's PCI-e slot to 8 lanes. This supposedly only causes a 2% performance hit though.

The other issue is power- the university covers my bill for now but I'll have to pay it myself in a couple years. My PSU is a few years old but two weeks ago the ESR of all of the capacitors tested as normal. My hopes are that it can handle a 480 combined with my CPU overclock.

Heat might also be an issue as I only have a single 120mm exhaust fan.

Should I go for the 480 or get something a little less power hungry? What would you do?
Edited by AMD20x6 - 2/18/11 at 8:47am
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post #2 of 39
a 480 would slap a 560, unless the 560 was in sli
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I have recently upgraded from HD4850 to a GTX480 and all I can say is WoW..

Your rig is a perfectly good match for GTX480 which is better choice than GTX560..

I have my GTX480 OC'd @ 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and in this HAF932 case and with my custom fan profile it never hits 85C in games,3DMark 11 etc..

And this is a stock cooled,reference GTX480 from Zotac..

CHEERS..
     
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480 all the way. they are beast cards. lets not even talk about if you put them on water.
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Originally Posted by AMD20x6 View Post
Edit: The 480 is a no-go: it's out of stock until March 15. 560 it is. :/
That's such a good deal on the 480... it might be worth the wait.
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a 480 would slap a 560, unless the 560 was in sli
Slap? Averaging only 6 to 8fps faster than the 560ti (with the exception for CoD4), the 480 only bumps the 560. The performance difference is so minimal, you will not notice the difference while gaming. Now unless you're a benchmarker and you crave every ounce of speed, then buy the 480 that you're checkin' out. BTW, that is a nice price for that 480
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The 560 is a good overclocker, overclocked it beats a 570... A 570 beats a 480, i would go for the 560 as there cool, quiet, and extremely good overclockers.
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That's such a good deal on the 480... it might be worth the wait.
This.

That cooler will keep the 480 cool and quiet. If you are planning on keeping this purchase for a few years you might want to wait for the 480. More power and memory for eye candy.
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480. It's worth waiting.
    
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480 cuz u can use it as a mini heater in the winter!
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