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GTX480 vs HD6870

sms1295

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I'm looking at purchasing a laptop. I have the option of the HD6870 or the GTX480. There is also an option for a HD6970 card. The laptop will not come with a 3D bundle. What card would be the best between the HD6870 and GTX480 in terms of performance, heat, and power consumptions? What would be the advantage of selecting the HD6970 which is a 250 upgrade option?


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sms1295
 

Lonyo

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The GTX480 has 352 shaders (approx. GTX460 level) but at only 425MHz core (vs 675 stock for a GTX460), so it ends up with around 2/3rds of the core 'power' as a desktop comparison, closer to a GTS450 than a GTX460.
It also has ~76GB memory bandwidth, between a 450 and a 460.

The HD6870 is 800 shaders at 675MHz giving it slightly more shader power than a desktop 5750. It has half the TDP of the 480 (50w vs 100w) and ~57GB memory bandwidth, less than a 5750.

The 6970 has about 30% more core power (shader * clock) than the 6870 and a TDP of 75w and 115GB/s memory bandwidth.

HD6870 will probably be a little slower, but a lot better when it comes to gaming power use and heat. Don't know about idle, but both of them will clock down a lot under idle and will likely be similar in idle power use.

What screen resolution does the laptop have?
 
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sms1295

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I’m sorry I listed the wrong card. It is a GTX 460M. The display will be 1920X1080.


Are driver more available for one than the other.
 

cotak13

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If you want to play dragon age 2 you might want to make sure the, if you were picking nvidia, that it works ok. Cause looks like the AMD stuff's still doing better in that game. And I expect in mobile it will be similar.
 

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