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At what price is a GTX480 a value consideration?

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March 13, 2012 11:00:35 PM

As with all previous generations, at some point last years cream of the crop starts to compete with this years value offerings.

The price on the GTX480 is falling quickly. There is no question about its faults (temperature control and power draw), but it performs very well, and I have been very happy with the one I have.

My question is, at what $ is a GTX 480 a good value today.

$275 - Definately too high, buy a 570 instead.
$250 - Probably too high, find a still in stock 6950 2gb
$200-225 - Starts getting tricky, a 560 TI could be in this category...
$175-200 - 560 (non TI) is in this range, and I think the 480 definitely wins here
$175 and below - I can't see a reason to avoid the 480 right now.


Thoughts?
March 14, 2012 12:38:49 AM

Thanks for the un-cited images of performance charts and for ignoring the whole point of the post... I will immediately rush out to my local Microcenter and pick up that 7850 that doesn't exist.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

Those results are not particularly in line with Tom's review of the 7850, but I can let that slide too.

Instead I will interpret your answer as "I value a GTX480 at approximately $150-175 because it is old" and will move on :) 

-Ben
March 14, 2012 12:42:15 AM

Don't worry about him, he's just a troll.

I think that anything around the $200 price point or less is a great deal for a 480 because it will easily outperform a 560ti. There's currently a refurbished 570 (which is very similar to the 580) available for $220 here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Granted, the 480 is losing its window as if the 5xx series gets cut further the 560ti 448 and 570 are gonna be at low enough prices that I can't see a 480 ever selling low enough to be worth it.
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March 14, 2012 12:56:12 AM

BigMack70 said:
I think that anything around the $200 price point or less is a great deal for a 480 because it will easily outperform a 560ti..


That was my thought...

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

Newegg brought back the 480's at 210 with free shipping... I might not consider it if I were building a new system from scratch, but since I already have 1 of them I am wondering if a 2nd might make sense while they're cheap...

a c 80 Î Nvidia
March 14, 2012 1:10:14 AM

bmyton said:
That was my thought...

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

Newegg brought back the 480's at 210 with free shipping... I might not consider it if I were building a new system from scratch, but since I already have 1 of them I am wondering if a 2nd might make sense while they're cheap...


The 480 performs very close to a 570. The main deterrent of the 480 is that it is generally a loud or hot card (if you push the cooling, it's not hot, but is loud). The question that begs the answer is "how much savings do you need to live with the heat/noise?"

Personally I would not buy one, as noise is a big deal to me (as I sit here with my 470's which I'm waiting to replace). While the new 7000 cards are temping, I have a monitor which favors Nvidia for 3D vision, so I'm waiting on Keplar.
March 14, 2012 1:12:04 AM

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Looks like Tom's Hardware was misinformed on the status of 7850.


You lost me there PNR... reading the actual reviews from the sites you listed they placed the GTX 480 consistently between the 7850 and 7870, which puts its value somewhere between $250 and $350. (Look closely at Guru3D and you'll see the 480 landing closer to the 7870 on a number of current and popular titles).

I am not arguing that the 480 has its flaws, or that it is old technology. I am only trying to get a public opinion of its value in Today's gpu landscape.
a c 80 Î Nvidia
March 14, 2012 1:13:43 AM

I also might note that at least THG's review showed the 7850 having a lot of issues, unlike the 7870 and other 7000 cards, which seems odd that only the 7850 had the issues.
March 14, 2012 1:18:26 AM

bystander said:
The question that begs the answer is "how much savings do you need to live with the heat/noise?


You hit the nail on the head there Bystander... my 480 is nice and quiet below 60% on the fan speed, but after that it makes a nice racket. Under load I either have to run at 80C+ or I have to let Afterburner kick the fan up into the 70-90% range.

Thanks for the thoughts

-Ben
March 14, 2012 1:23:14 AM

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Well Being the fact that 7850 is $250 but is also Cool, Quite, 130watts TDP, and could OC to 1ghz I see no reason to pass it up for it's asking price even if the GTX 480 was a bit cheaper which it is not IMHO. PS I would take any of the cards I listed over the GTX 480 not just the Radeon


You found me again PNR :) 

I agree with you that the 7850 at $250 is a compelling buy, but I have to disagree that the 480 doesn't have a price sweet spot. Newegg is selling the 480s for 210 right now, which I think might still be too high... but between $175 and $200 I think it still brings value.
March 14, 2012 1:46:31 AM

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Newegg has the last stock of EOL GTX 480s @ $250


Your red circle missed the $40 off promotional code by a couple pixels.
March 14, 2012 1:47:20 AM

I have never owned the 480 and really don't know very much about it, but from everything I've heard it is a flawed but quite powerful GPU that performs very close to the 570. I would guess that due to better and more recent driver support the 570 has passed it slightly, although on paper the 480 should be theoretically more powerful than the 570 while requiring more power according to ...

http://www.hwcompare.com/9000/geforce-gtx-480-vs-geforc...

To directly answer your question...

Based on what little I know about, if I was building a rig today and came across one for around $180-$220, I really think that I would jump on it. It is far, FAR from junk as one poster called it. Speaking of which...
Anonymous
March 14, 2012 3:15:05 AM

I think anything under 250$ is a good price for a gtx 480 and a steal really.If i could have found 2 for 220$ a piece i would have bit on those instead of a single 7970
a b Î Nvidia
March 14, 2012 3:25:42 AM

I'd say $250 or less for a single card, $200 if you want to go dual cards. When you consider the heat and power consumption you need to shift more towards cooling, a motherboard with good spacing, and the power supply if you're thinking of going for two of those beats. If you're only considering a single GPU then it's not a bad value if it's under $250 as any decent case and PSU over 500W should be able to deal with a single such beast in your system.
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March 14, 2012 3:29:22 AM

megamanx00 said:
I'd say $250 or less for a single card, $200 if you want to go dual cards. When you consider the heat and power consumption you need to shift more towards cooling, a motherboard with good spacing, and the power supply if you're thinking of going for two of those beats. If you're only considering a single GPU then it's not a bad value if it's under $250 as any decent case and PSU over 500W should be able to deal with a single such beast in your system.


agreed
Anonymous
March 14, 2012 3:31:44 AM

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Remember you need and expensive 850watts PSU to run SLI 480s so it's never really a great deal like one would think.


I already have a 1000 watt and the rig that can handle 2.The only downfall is the electric bill.Ive always had good power supplies thats one thing i never skimp on
March 14, 2012 5:53:22 AM

Stay on topic!!!
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