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GTX 480 instead of 5850?

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MrK6

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Here's the deal. I have an overclocked 5850 that's probably faster than a stock 5870 when its working. The problem is, I'm sick to death of ATI for my own reasons and would like to switch over to Nvidia while getting a performance boost for no more than $200ish. Would a gtx 480 give me this? Is it even possible at that price point?
It'd probably be best to discern what exactly your issues are and then find a solution that satisfies said criteria. The GTX 480 is generally an inferior product; it wasn't a good idea to buy one two years ago and that hasn't changed.
 

BallaTheFeared

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Yeah the 480 was an inferior product, it used more power, was noticeably faster, and wasn't very quite but scaled well with overclocking and improved cooling.

That's why I bought a more expensive card that is louder, slower, uses more power this gen.
 

chimaxi83

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Yeah the 480 was an inferior product, it used more power, was noticeably faster, and wasn't very quite but scaled well with overclocking and improved cooling.

That's why I bought a more expensive card that is louder, slower, uses more power this gen.
Well, at least you have 470 SLI.
 
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Yeah the 480 was an inferior product, it used more power, was noticeably faster, and wasn't very quite but scaled well with overclocking and improved cooling.

That's why I bought a more expensive card that is louder, slower, uses more power this gen.
Have u see his sig?? I don't think a gtx680 is even going to touch a 7970 at his OC, both insane on the core n ram. But u are right, its a huge power hog at that beastly OC.
 

VisceralM

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Some good information here, as always. My issues with ATI/AMD are tied to their drivers honestly. Neither brand is perfect, but I'm personally just ready for a change.

Seeing as the game I'm "aiming" for is Guild Wars 2 and not out until August 28th, I think waiting to see if the new mid-level Nvidia card is out this month is probably what I'll do. My issues with the oc'd 5850 have never been performance, it's a great card, it's more about drivers issues and my general annoyance with AMD in general. So, I'll wait and see what the next few weeks hold. Thanks guys.
 

BallaTheFeared

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Have u see his sig?? I don't think a gtx680 is even going to touch a 7970 at his OC, both insane on the core n ram. But u are right, its a huge power hog at that beastly OC.
So massive it rakes in 80%+ boosts in performance over stock, stuff of legends right there. (But only in titles where you can disable tess)

The difference in performance of an overclocked 7970 on water, and a 680 on air is going to be a few percent, the difference in power draw is going to be at least +200 watts.

Pretty ironic for someone who claims the 480 was bad because it was 10-20% faster than the 5870 for 70 more watts used.
 
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