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Would go for an gtx 480 over a gtx 460?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 18, 2011 11:41:45 AM

I have already bought a gtx 480 for a future pc, I now have the new pc.

My pc:
Chieftech 750 watt Psu
Asus Sabertooth x58
Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07
8 gb DDR3
and a gtx 460.

I have read there are problems with this card.
What kind of problems, besides power consumption and high temperature?

I will be playing at 1920x1080, and want to at least play any game on medium settings.
I will spend 100's of hours in Skyrim, and want it to look good and have nice fps.

Is there a point using the gtx 480 over the 460, or are the problems more than the gains?
I will be selling one card and using the other.
Any recommendations on which card to use?

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a c 124 U Graphics card
March 18, 2011 11:47:25 AM

That's it. High power consumption and high temps. I'd say go with the 480 anyhow. The performance trade-off is worth it. You'll be able to crank up the details, AA and tesellation. Because the 460 is also a good card, you'll be able to sell the 460 easily or use it in another system.
March 18, 2011 11:58:47 AM

Thank you for the answer.
Will I need a cooler for it?
I have a Thermaltake v9 that creates a mild breeze in a two meter radius, if that matters.
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a c 124 U Graphics card
March 18, 2011 12:12:31 PM

I really wouldn't get anything unless you determine the heat is putting the card itself or the rest of your system outside temperature specifications. The 480 has a rated max temp of 105C.
March 18, 2011 12:26:29 PM

This may sound stupid , but how do I know the temp of my gpu, and my other components?
a c 124 U Graphics card
March 18, 2011 12:35:29 PM

You can get Hardware Monitor (HWmonitor) from There are other tools too, but this one gives you temps for all your components on a single screen. It's a decent tool for getting a good idea about your heat situation. It's a pretty standard tool a lot of people use to measure temps.