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Are Geforce 480s still worth buying?

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Ok Here's the deal.

I live in dubai and I've been on the lookout for a VGA card since January, but had to delay my purchase because i was waiting for the 560 launch and for the prices to shake up.

Now i was all set to buy the 560 AMP! edition from Zotac but while checking out an auction buying site here I came across an auction for the MSI 480 Lightning which a guy was selling for the same price as the 560 AMP!

I know the 4xx series give off crazy heat but would it still be a good offer? The 480 still has around 1.5 years of warranty left and the guy has a good rep on the site.

Oh Choices! Been splitting my head for two days now. Please help me out guys

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post #2 of 40
If you can get them for cheaper than a 570 of if you need another to SLI, then yes they are. Otherwise between the 560/570 being out, the 480 (still a monster card) is not the best choice because of the cost.
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dubai u say eh, a few family members of mine live there, GOD its so freaking hot there man, but i love it. everything is a bit costly though.

i would suggest you go for a 570 much cooler and efficient over the 480.
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post #4 of 40
Why not..

Especially if it's under warranty and at good price range..

I have also just upgraded to a reference Zotac GTX480 and I couldn't be more happier..

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

CHEERS..
     
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since its a custom PCB and a custom cooler i would say go for the 480. plus when you overclock the 480 a 100mhz boost will do a heck of a lot more than a 200 mhz boost on the 560
    
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post #6 of 40
I was on the same boat.

Then I saw 480 for £200 (thats also the price of the cheapest 560 on oc uk), did not think twice.

If you have the money, as others say, go for 570 otherwise my vote goes for 480
    
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As far as I know the 480 Lightning is essentially the best 480 card available. If you don't mind the heat output and the power consumption, go for it. Seems like a good deal to me.
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post #8 of 40
i say get the 480 since it is cheaper, that is worth it
and don't worry about the heat, the performance you get is what it matters
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post #9 of 40
I'm pretty sure the GTX 480 is more powerful than a GTX 560 so I'd go with that. It might use more power but it's almost more powerful.
If I'm not mistaken it performs very similarly to the GTX 570.
    
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post #10 of 40
GTX 480 are better than GTX 570 clock for clock, so if you can overclock them by quite a bit, you get yourself a winner.
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