Alrighty, in the next few weeks I'll most likely be upgrading gpu's. I'll finally be able to afford one of these two cards after my mom and I do our yearly craigslist sell-a-thon. (she's giving me 30% of the earnings)
I just want to know what most people will recommend, between the 480 and 570.
Most GTX 480's go around $180 on craigslist, and 570's are roughly 200 dollars.
I'll be using one of these cards for folding and gaming, now that my 550ti can't handle Future Soldier with eyecandy effects
Well, according to a lot of benchmarks and what people say, the 570 is only slightly better. But it consumes less power, produces less heat and is less noisy. So if you care about that go with a 570. However, I don't know if the extra 256 megs on the 480 will help with folding and AA in games a lot.
480 all of the way, I had a thread that explained why. Lots of posts. Ill post again when I find it.
What I do remember is that the 480 costs about 70-100$ less, and trades blows with the 570 depending on the title. As a friend of mine pointed out: the 480 will kick as much @ss as the 580 when OCed a bit, but will fry eggs while doing it. I find myself very confused when people make their purchases based on power consumption and heat UNLESS they cannot afford a good PSU or have a small/cheap case.
I'd go for the 570, the 480 may be able to overclock to the point where it's practically a 580, but it produces too much heat in my opinion, and then you'll have to spend that extra money you saved on fans anyway, so your system will be fairly noisy. To be honest though I have sensitive ears so I can't take as much noise as others, so if noise doesn't bother you, go with either card.
gtx 480 performs a bit better.... but the temperature on that card is sure hot specially on heavy graphics load (my friend has it) but I am a bit surprise the card is still alive until now , she play's WoW like 10 hours a day lol...
You cannot find a 570 for the same price as the 480. I have checked all over the internet for one (meaning retailers, never buy any part from ebay/craigslist). The price difference from the only EVGA 480 card on sale anymore and another reputable brand 570 is easily 80$ while they trade blows with performance.
If he is going to watercool the thing, heat will be a nonissue. Get the 480 and don't look back .