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Will I really see a big performance boost between a 470 SLI setup, and a 480 SLI setup? Just deciding if I should keep my 470 and get another, or sell it and get a 480 and do an SLI set up then. I want to know how big of a performance boost will I get and is it worth it? Of course I will be seeing a performance increase, I just want to know how much of an increase it is and is it worth it.

I have an EVGA GTX 470 SC'd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-549-_-Product

OR

An EVGA GTX 480.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-617-_-Product

Planning to SLI.
Edited by vinzor5000 - 3/13/11 at 10:17am
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Don't waste more cash by getting a GTX 480 than another.

Since you already have a GTX 470 might as well SLI it.

They scale very well in SLI from what I've heard.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...-sli-review/17
Edited by Anth0789 - 3/13/11 at 10:30am
 
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I used to have reference 480's in SLI and sold them/downgraded to (basically) 470's with TFII coolers in SLI. Here's why:

1) Reference 480's in SLI are HELLA hot and loud, 470's are not as hot and loud
2) The game I found that uses the most VRAM, Stalker CoP, still uses under 1296MB of vram totally maxed out at 1920x1200
3) 480's in SLI are so powerful that even w/an i7 at 4.0GHz there were times where I'd get a measurable CPU bottleneck. It didn't affect gameplay, but it was there in some circumstances ... made me feel like I didn't really get all my $$$ worth.
4) The only game where the perf difference could be felt AT ALL was in Metro, and even then it was subtle and very occasional.
5) I got back like $200 net at the time I did it.

All told, I'm MUCH happier with my 2x470 w/copper TFII coolers than I ever was with 480's in SLI. Now, if I was on Water, it might've been different
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Good point guys. I would also probably have to buy a new powersupply too just for 480's. I'll stick with the 470 . Thanks everyone +rep
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2x470 SLI is AWESOME. Seriously. It blows away mostly everything in 1920x1200. I'm pretty sure that the difference between a 470 and a 480 isn't THAT much to be worth shelling out that much extra. Now a 580 SLI might be another story, but we're talking the difference between necessary and overkill.
    
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and as I just found out after adding a second gtx480:

I also needed a bigger ups, an APC 1000 cant handle that
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Originally Posted by wimcle View Post
and as I just found out after adding a second gtx480:

I also needed a bigger ups, an APC 1000 cant handle that
I knew I would need a new PSU. If thats what you meant.

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Originally Posted by Ceej View Post
2x470 SLI is AWESOME. Seriously. It blows away mostly everything in 1920x1200. I'm pretty sure that the difference between a 470 and a 480 isn't THAT much to be worth shelling out that much extra. Now a 580 SLI might be another story, but we're talking the difference between necessary and overkill.
Yeah, I'm happy with what I have now. I just heard BF3 is going to be intense and thought 480's would be a better choice, and would be better folding cards, but after what I just heard from you guys I'm sticking with 470's. I should be happy with the one I have now. It doesn't whine .
Edited by vinzor5000 - 3/13/11 at 10:40am
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When OC'ed heavily the 470's are within 10% of the 480's. So not worth the trouble unless you get killer deals on the 480's.
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When OC'ed heavily the 470's are within 10% of the 480's. So not worth the trouble unless you get killer deals on the 480's.
With my 470's at max OC's (850/1820) they are actually only about 15% slower than 580's at stock
    
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With my 470's at max OC's (850/1820) they are actually only about 15% slower than 580's at stock
So just clock them to the 480's clocks using precision?
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