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For the same price: Gigabyte GTX480 reference cooler or Gigabyte 560ti Superclocked ?

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Which card would you chose for the same price ? Around € 257 new.

The superclocked GTX560 ti runs at 950Mhz and the RAM at 4.58Ghz (there is also a 1GHz Superclocked version, but that is not the one in this case); I haven't read the reviews but it seems unlikely for it to catch up to the GTX480 with that overclock.

But even then, I'm looking into the future, and that card only has 1GB of VRAM, whereas the GTX480 has 1.5 GB.

For a bit more money there is the GTX570, but the VRM issues have me a little worried. But more than that, that card only has 1280 of VRAM, so it the long term in may not be such a good idea. I can always upgrade the reference cooler on the GTX480, but I can't add more VRAM to a GTX570.

On the other hand, the GTX480 is the reference cooler design. In another thread I created minutes ago, it's been suggested to remove the heatsink and apply some good quality thermal paste and that would improve things.

Would that yield good enough results to stop me from buying an Arctic Cooling heatsink ?

Thanks!
Edited by tpi2007 - 4/8/11 at 12:34pm
 
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I think you have a very sound reasoning...GTX 480 is a beast...1.5GB of ram and you can always upgrade the ref cooler...downside then is that you won't be able to SLI...other than that...GTX 480 with custom cooler owns everything you mentioned Hope it helps!
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If you don't care about the noise and power usage, go for the 480.
I'd personally take the 560TI for the silence
post #4 of 21
The 480 is a much faster card. Thats the one i would go with.
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480 and get an aftermarket cooler. The reference cooler for 480s doesn't work that great and sounds like a tornado.

480 = 570 in performance except under water, where the 480 just overclocks like mad. 570s are great cards, but they're not really long-term solutions. I'm just running mine until Kepler, assuming Kepler is a worthwhile performance increase and the efficiency didn't just go towards lower temps.
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Grab the 480 and get an aftermarket cooler and overclock!
    
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Originally Posted by a2hopper View Post
The 480 is a much faster card. Thats the one i would go with.
It's definitly not much faster, the 480 can win but not by a whole lot.
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=28624
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Another +1 for the 480 ... it's just a much beefier card ... every spec besides clocks (and of course heat/noise/power usage/temps) is superior on the 480 vs the 560.

While it's true that a reference-cooled 480 can get pretty loud (esp. when OV/OC'd) but it's not THAT bad, and it's not an annoying tone at least. More of a powerful wooshing sound vs. high-pitched whine.

It's really only when you shove two of them together in SLI (esp. on a mobo w/o extra space between cards) and start pouring on voltage/OC'ing that 480's legitimately become an annoying prospect ... esp. in the summer months.
    
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It's definitly not much faster, the 480 can win but not by a whole lot.
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=28624
I would say it's a bit faster



Once you overclock the GTX 480, performance goes up so nicely too
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