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GTX 480 or a 5970 ?

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July 19, 2010 5:10:48 AM

Which one do you think is better despite from the price ?
the 5970 has 2 GPUS .
So I think the 5970 :]

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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 5:16:17 AM

Well the 5970, obviously performs better. You're compaing a single core to a dual core.... But the 480 has all the Nvidia goodies ;) 
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July 19, 2010 11:02:33 AM

Have to disagree with the above posters.

the 5970 not only performs better, but it actually runs cooler than a 480 despite being a dual GPU card. its overclockable to buggery, and allows you to drive 3 monitors from a single card.

the 480 is probably the worst of Nvidias current generation of cards.

a gtx460 SLI setup would also be an excellent choice. but i wouldn't bother with a 480 myself.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 11:13:14 AM

Another vote for HD5970. :) 
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July 19, 2010 11:32:18 AM

while i agree that a SLI setup is a very good option, you are skirting the edges of fanboyism with your post.

the 5970 is not obsolete because its a single card. its performance/price ratio is good and it only takes up a single PCI slot and runs very cool.

but, i would still say a 460 setup would be a great choice if you don't mind going straight to a dual card setup.
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July 19, 2010 8:14:56 PM

If you go with the way of an SLI set-up this is going to dictate which MBs you will need to use. SLI is only going to work with an nVidia chipset. Not saying this is good or bad, just something to keep in mind when making your decision.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 8:29:03 PM

Get the 5970 if you're not planning to upgrade. Get the GTX480 or a 5870 is you're planning to crossfire or SLi another card in the future.
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July 19, 2010 11:07:23 PM

unclefester said:
If you go with the way of an SLI set-up this is going to dictate which MBs you will need to use. SLI is only going to work with an nVidia chipset. Not saying this is good or bad, just something to keep in mind when making your decision.

Unless you use an X58 or P55 board that is both SLi and Xfire capable of course.
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July 20, 2010 1:16:48 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Unless you use an X58 or P55 board that is both SLi and Xfire capable of course.


ThX, MouseMonkey.
My lack of knowledge is showing through again lol. Haven't had the chance to do any experimentation on an Intel platform, yet.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 1:40:56 AM

unclefester said:
ThX, MouseMonkey.
My lack of knowledge is showing through again lol. Haven't had the chance to do any experimentation on an Intel platform, yet.

No worries mate :) , it would be nice if AMD took a leaf out of Intel's book and offered their users the choice as well though.
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 2:05:49 AM

Mousemonkey said:
No worries mate :) , it would be nice if AMD took a leaf out of Intel's book and offered their users the choice as well though.


Holy hell that would be nice, though at the same time Intel did this after they locked NV out of their chipset (only intel now) market so they could retain NV owners (and future owners)

@OP another vote for the 5970
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 2:38:58 AM

another vote for the 5970
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July 20, 2010 3:09:25 AM

I like the 5970 way better then the 480GTX so yeahh one more vote for the 5970.. :D 
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 5:32:04 AM

I would vote for the 5970.

Powerful card, a two gpu setup that runs on any board and is cool under load.

What more can you ask for in a two gpu setup?
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July 20, 2010 5:40:08 AM

soundefx said:
I would vote for the 5970.

Powerful card, a two gpu setup that runs on any board and is cool under load.

What more can you ask for in a two gpu setup?


well it can't fry an egg...
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July 20, 2010 6:15:29 AM

Seems I'm the only one voting for the GTX 480...or am I?

With 5970 you are basically buying a factory packaged Crossfire card. You will have issues with software and even more problems if you decide to expand your build - add another card.

With the GTX 480 you have a better balanced card. It's the fastest single CPU out there and easy to expand. Besides, SLI is way more efficient then Crossfire (that just doesn't work very well).

Temperature and Power is, in my opinion, a non issue - the difference between both cards are marginal, and in the real word non-existent.

Still, I have doubts about both of them. They are both gigantic inefficient hungry monsters.

I would second welshmousepk and suggest a 460 1GB SLI configuration, for now. I'm sure much better Fermi (Nvidia cards) are just about to come out - talk of new line 475/485/495 has been buzzing around...
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 6:30:39 AM

HD5970 for me.... :bounce: 
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2010 6:34:42 AM

I think people over exaggerate the crossfire issues though (same with SLI) there a re very few games these days that have trouble with it, so i don't think thats going to be an issue.

the reason i dislike the 480 is because of the heat,not of just of the GPU, but of the exposed plating which radiates into the system. i just can't imagine its healthy.
and while you are right about being able to SLI, it would take a massive PSU to accommodate it, and one hell of a good cooling set up.

of the two, i would easily prefer the 5970. cooler and more powerful.

but yeah, as long as a dual card setup is viable for the user i would say a 460 setup would be a great choice. but without a capable Mobo thats just not going to be possible, in which case i would suggest the 5970.

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July 28, 2010 4:57:41 AM

Best answer selected by ipenguins.
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