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Gigabyte GTX 480 SOC , good buy?

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March 27, 2011 5:14:45 PM

Hello, i am thinking of buying this card to play the latest games on a 1080p monitor.
The card I am thinking of buying is the GTX 480 Super OC.

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- Core Clock: 820MHz
- Memory: 1536MB GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 3800MHz (Effective)
- Memory Interface: 384-Bit
- Processing Cores: 480
- Shader Clock: 1640MHz
- Bus Type: PCI-Express 2.0
- Display Connectors: 2x Dual-Link DVI-I & 1x Mini-HDMI 1.3a (Includes HDMI & VGA Adapters)
- SLI Ready
- HDCP Capable
- DirectX 11 Support
- OpenGL 3.1 Support
- PhysX Enabled
- CUDA Enabled
- Warranty: 3 Years

Its a non reference 480, heres a pic.

Is this card any good?
I can get it for £240 ($380), its a brand new one.
My psu is the corsair TX 650W V1.
My psu is the i5-2500k at 4.5GHz.Will my psu be enough?

Is there any other card you would recommend ?
March 27, 2011 5:30:42 PM

A GTX570 would be a better buy. Performs roughly the same as the 480, runs cooler and draws less power. It is also quite a bit less than a GTX480.
March 27, 2011 5:32:32 PM

First of all you'd probable be better gettin an at least 750w psu since the gtx 480s are known to use a lot of power, also they get pretty hot so make sure you have proper ventilation in your case. It's a good buy but you can get a stock 480 in uk here
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1536mb-asus-gtx-480-40nm... it's only 200 pounds and it also comes with far cry 2. You probably won't be able to run this card with your current psu though.
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March 27, 2011 5:36:26 PM

Gtx 570s are a lot more expensive , the 480s cost about as much as a 560..
And ventilation in my case wont be a problem, got 8 high performance fans.
And thats a shame about the PSU, is there any program to check how much power my pc is drawing?
March 27, 2011 5:40:16 PM

You could also get the gtx 560 soc, it's performance mirrors the 570 and it cost ~£225 because it will run fine on a 650w psu. However if you upgrade your psu the 480 might be a better choice.
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2011 6:20:23 PM

lol. AFAIK Gigabyte GTX480 SOC is one of the best GTX480 out there. to bad the card comes out very late to the market. the day when the card sees the light it's fastest title already owned by GTX580
March 27, 2011 6:23:27 PM

From what I gathered, the 480 SOC performs at a similar level to the GTX 580.
For the price of one 580 I could SLI 2 GTX 480 SOC.
a b Î Nvidia
March 27, 2011 6:28:25 PM

lol. but i rather have 2 GTX580 in SLI and overclock it :) 
March 27, 2011 6:30:12 PM

I would rather have 4 6990s in xfire and OCd but I cant afford them so thats a moot point.
For the price of 2 gtx 580s you could have 4 480s.
But since I dont plan to SLI or crossfire, this is irrelevant.

EDIT:hmm, i got my psu 2 weeks ago...
I think I will just go 6950 or nivdia equivalent.
March 27, 2011 6:59:26 PM

You should go with the gtx 560, It is similar in performance to the hd 6950 and it's and overclocking beast. When overclocked to its full extent it can outperform the 6970.
March 27, 2011 7:06:18 PM

Now that I am thinking about it, I want something that will last so no less than a 6970or 6950 unlocked) or 570/480.
Would a 570 work on my psu?

EDIT: Now I am considering giving this gen a miss and wait for kepler.Would that be wise?
March 27, 2011 7:26:42 PM

I doubt your psu will run the gtx 570. If you want to wait for kepler it's your choice but keep in mind they won't be coming out untill about nov/dec 2011.
March 27, 2011 7:36:29 PM

lol your psu will be absolutley fine on a corsair tx 650, I have a 570 hghly oc'ed with a p2 955 at 4 ghz with an XFX XXX 650W psu and everything is absolutley fine and silent..

I would def get the gtx 570, I picked up the pny model the other day for 304 AR which I thought was a pretty darn good deal, and now that its oc'ed it matches a gtx 580s performance level for 200 less...

bottom line, get the 570 over the 480, it is much quieter (the vapor chamber design is worth it) and performs the same as the 480/6970 @ 1080p
March 27, 2011 7:43:53 PM

The 480 is about £50-60 cheaper than a 570, which I have heard blow up due to a VRM issue.
IMO the price difference is not worth it, i blinged my case up with fans so its very loud but thats not an issue.
When I used the psu calc with the 480 and everything on 100% it gave me a recommended wattage of 566W with everything on 100% load. (this time i included the fans)

Also, by noise do you mean the reference 480 or the SOC version, as the SOC one has 3 90mm gelid fans so heat and noise isnt as bad.
March 27, 2011 7:45:48 PM

lol if anything the reference 480s blow up but honestly if the 480 is that much cheaper and its that badass gigabyte model then id go for the 480, your psu will be fine either way... but in the end the gigabyte 480 is probably a better buy in your case
March 27, 2011 7:50:17 PM

Hmm, finally some good news :D 
I am set on buying this card, just worried about my psu as its 2 weeks old, and getting rid of it and buying a new one would not make sense to me.
And yes, the card is rather badass I think, crysis warhead with x16Q aa and everything enthusiast on a 1080p it gets around 40fps, dipping down into the 35s.
Not sure how that fares against the 570 and 580.
March 27, 2011 8:24:54 PM

your psu will be absolutely fine, corsair makes a solid unit
March 27, 2011 8:25:57 PM

the 480 and the 570 are pretty much the same in terms of performance and the 580 is about 15% or better in terms of raw performance
March 27, 2011 8:33:15 PM

Would my PSU be fine if I took the 480 to 900-930 mhz on the core?
I heard the 480s can do that.
How would the performance be then?
March 27, 2011 9:08:55 PM

well I would guess it would be okay generally for ocing you need to take another 100-150 watts into account, I think you will be fine with a regular oc...
a c 412 Î Nvidia
March 27, 2011 10:48:03 PM

That Gigabyte GTX 480 SOC is about the only reason to get a GTX 480 at this point. If the price is right, it will be one of the quietest cards you can buy, while also performing near the level of the GTX 580. If you can get a deal where it's around the same cost as a GTX 570, then that's a great deal.
March 27, 2011 11:14:09 PM

^+1 the Gigabyte is practically the only reason to buy a 480 lol so I would agree that if the price is right it will be a great card
a c 412 Î Nvidia
March 28, 2011 3:41:19 AM

jjb8675309 said:
if you look on newegg, not a very good deal imo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

not when you can get the triple slot asus gtx 570 for like 355 I believe

Yeah, $400 after rebate is too much. You can get a GTX 580 for just a little more, and as you know, a GTX 570 for almost $100 less.
a b Î Nvidia
March 28, 2011 8:06:00 AM

lol. i thought OP not going to buy from newegg?
March 28, 2011 12:16:18 PM

no hes not but just comparing prices in the US
March 28, 2011 6:42:12 PM

Nah, I am buying in the UK, otherwise this thread wouldnt exist haha.
Decent 570s in the Uk cost around £280 while the 480 is at £240.
I am also pretty sure the SOC would outperform the 570.
March 28, 2011 6:43:40 PM

yeah the gigabyte 480 is the best choice for you UK dude
March 28, 2011 8:32:30 PM

Thats good :) 
Hopefully the card will live up to its expectations.
I have been doing some more research and it doesn't seem like the 650W will be a problem.
It will probably be at max usage so once it dies I will have a good reason to buy a new one.
Could a PSU dying of over-usage harm my other components ?
March 28, 2011 8:37:32 PM

yeah if you are really worried about it then get a 750 or 850 watt model a psus performance can also degrade over time so if you really want something that will last and run just about any single or dual gpu then get a 850w
March 28, 2011 8:47:56 PM

I will look into that once my current PSU dies . This sucks because I literary bought it 2 weeks ago lol and I doubt I can return it.
March 28, 2011 8:55:22 PM

well i still think the corsair 650w you have will be fine for the 480 and a reasonable overclock, but with an extreme oc like you said you will be pushing it... I would jsut be happy with that as you would need to move up to a higher psu if you were to sli the 480 or something better down the road... who knows when that time comes you might just end up selling the 480 and starting with a fresh pair of something else or another strong single card, there will be some big improvements in gpu capability down the road
March 28, 2011 9:02:53 PM

You are right, I will need to go easy on the OC haha.
When the 22nm gpus come out I could sell my 480 and buy a more power efficient one.
Although knowing nvidia , the more power efficient the more they blow up.
March 28, 2011 9:19:08 PM

Haha, the 480 is great indeed.
The 700mhz 480 is on par with 723mhz 570.
Whack the 480 to 820mhz or more and call it a day.
March 28, 2011 9:20:57 PM

yeah I got my 570 to 850/1200 and its pretty much a 580, BFBC2 is just plain amazing
March 28, 2011 9:22:50 PM

Did you not have any VRM exploding issues?

EDIT: On that link you posted,If the 480 will run fine on the same PSU but with a less efficient CPU I think I will be fine haha.
March 28, 2011 9:26:07 PM

lol no I decided not to take it past stock voltages so that and the fact that I run an agressive fan profile helps temps do not exceed 68c, the fan when at high speeds is so damn quiet compared to any ati/amd cards ive ever owned
March 28, 2011 9:27:33 PM

yeah I think you will as well but I was just saying in theory if you oc way too high eventually you will run out of power, but I think you will be absolutely fine
March 28, 2011 9:33:34 PM

Haha, in that case I will only do a small OC until I get a better PSU.
Right now I am using a 8400gs i found in my cuboard lol, so hopefully this card will be a bit of an improvement , i got a whole new rig but my budget run out so I am saving up again for a GPU.
a c 412 Î Nvidia
March 28, 2011 9:38:26 PM

The SOC is already running at 815 mhz vs. 700 stock. How much OC do you need?
March 28, 2011 10:09:28 PM

Wow I didnt realize that, 820 in fact, yeah it might just be best to keep it at stock unless you really need more performance...
a c 412 Î Nvidia
March 28, 2011 11:43:51 PM

jjb8675309 said:
Wow I didnt realize that, 820 in fact, yeah it might just be best to keep it at stock unless you really need more performance...

That's what accounts for the claim that it is as fast as a GTX 580.
March 28, 2011 11:55:25 PM

^Im sure it comes darn close, does anyone have any benches of 570/480 oc'ed vs 580?
a c 412 Î Nvidia
March 29, 2011 2:05:49 AM

jjb8675309 said:
^Im sure it comes darn close, does anyone have any benches of 570/480 oc'ed vs 580?

Maybe this article from Bjorn3d.com can shed some light:

"GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC: Faster Than The GTX 580?"
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1998

"Add a little bit of overclock to the factory overcocked frequencies, and the user can enjoy GTX 580 speeds, at a lower price."

"The GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC is more than just an ordinary GTX 480. GIGABYTE managed to provide a cooler that keeps the card at optimal temperatures while keeping the fan noise to the minimum. With high-quality components, cherry-picked GPUs, and excellent current noise reduction, overclocking becomes an issue of the past. Dual-BIOS is provided for users looking into liquid nitrogen cooling, with a dedicated BIOS for bypassing the cold bug issues with exotic cooling solutions. GIGABYTE's OC GURU overclocking tool also provides overclocking options that other software are currently unable to provide. Additionally, voltage measuring points are added on the PCB for overclockers to measure voltages in realtime."



March 29, 2011 4:14:55 PM

Hmm, looks like a damn good card :D 
Hopefully it will run crysis maxed at playable frames/
March 29, 2011 4:27:26 PM

thanks matto17secs, even though I don't play either of these games I think they are both good measures of modern game performance
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