480gtx vs 570 gtx vs 7850

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next few days BUDGET RANGE: 200-240ish

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Gaming skyrime, bad company 2, just cause 2, avp etc...

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: in process with build currently have a 600 w power supply and 3570 i5 in build

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: rig im trying to build:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor $189.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0387627
z77 ASrock 1155 atx intell mobo
$45.99 with 3570

RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB @1600mhz CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 148544#top
GPU:Zotac ZT-50203-10M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0378160
$244.99 or 015-P3-1480-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1536MB GDDR5 384-bit PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
$209.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0386227 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $219.99
HDD: Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB 7,200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEMhttp://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0375256
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0364538
22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support - OEM
$14.39 requires a sata port
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6&SID=#top
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139028
$59.99 after mail in rebate
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
Extra fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835200048
Monitor $109.99 EQ226L 22" Widescreen LED Monitor 1920 x 1080p
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0384753


PARTS PREFERENCES: bang for buck

OVERCLOCKING: If I have adequate cooling


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: total with 570 gtx total: $848.32 with 480 gtx / or 7850: $824.31 assuming 600 watts is enough power for increased power needs. I may also get some extra fans for the case cuz this card supposedly runs hot. Additionally, I have this posted in system as well but if someone could look at my part compatibility would be awesome.

torn between the 3 different cards
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  1. 7850 can be overclocked to reach GTX 580 in performance, it is also the latest tech and has low power draw. So it would be the best choice out of the three cards you mentioned
  2. There is little reason to go for the 570, which is more expensive than the 480 with slightly less VRAM and slightly lower performance. It's either 480 or 7850. As between those, there are many, many replies about these cards. Either one is a reasonable choice. I'd generally prefer the 7850 because it's cooler, far less power (100W+ less at load) and noise, very overclockable, and has 2GB of VRAM. But the 480 is a fast card and, if you're looking at games where nvidia has an edge (like BF3), it will have a solid lead over the 7850.
  3. How about the specific aftermarket brand visiontek version of the card for overclocking? I know at times the coolers they put on them can be garbage. I think this one is similar to the HIS brand. Additionally how is this case for the extra heat in ocing? and mobo?
  4. The GTX 570 is easily your best bet for these reasons:

    - It is the highest performing card of the 3 you listed.

    - Skyrim favors Nvidia cards and allows you to enable Ambient Occlusion and Transparency Supersampling, which greatly enhance the visuals. Those settings are not available on the 7850.

    - The GTX 570 comes with PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, and good driver support.

    - It is a better, more refined video card than the GTX 480. Having owned both, I would not recommend a 480 due to the excessive noise levels it produces.

    - The GTX 570 is a good overclocker, and plenty of aftermarket versions are available with custom cooling and improved components that will enable you to push your own overclock even further.

    This chart compares a GTX 570 at stock speeds vs. a 7850 Ghz edition, the highest factory overclocked 7850 you can buy. Even that's not enough, and you can then overclock the 570 even more.

  5. before 'matto17secs' gets a say in this, I'll break the ice since so many of these threads appear regularly with the exact same title....
    remember this is a 'matto17secs' posting, I am not taking any credit.

    17seconds said:
    When I owned my GTX 480, I remember that sound was noticeable, but not as bad as the reviews made it seem to be. My case does not have very good airflow, so yours should be better. With that said, I didn't hesitate to get the GTX 580 when it came out just so I could have a quieter card. The GTX 480 is the loudest Nvidia card out there; it's noticeable.

    I would strongly suggest considering if you can pony up another $30-$50 for a GTX 570, which in essence would be the same as getting a GTX 480 with an aftermarket cooler; quieter and cooler, but with essentially the same performance (actually slightly better ~1%).

    If not that, then you could consider a high-end, custom, factory overclocked GTX 560 Ti or a GTX 560 Ti 448 cores. The performance will be a bit less, but you can overclock to get back most, if not all, of the performance and still have a quiet card that will eat up all your games.

    In the end, if you decide that $200 is your limit and you don't want to downgrade to a GTX 560 Ti, then the GTX 480 is a great performer and a good value. Just keep it cool with a case fan, change the thermal paste, and upgrade to an aftermarket cooler when you get the chance.

    this is a damn good posting...
  6. verbalizer said:
    before 'matto17secs' gets a say in this, I'll break the ice since so many of these threads appear regularly with the exact same title....
    remember this is a 'matto17secs' posting, I am not taking any credit.

    this is a damn good posting...

    Yeah I have been reading up on the subject a little bit and I think I am more torn on the 7850 vs 570 gtx battle than the 480. Passmark had the 7850 rated quite a bit lower than the other 2 card but the more I have read and found has been leaning me towards the 7850 especially since a lot of the other rating sites have put the performance very similar (http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518). I don't want to start any kind of a war or anything but even cracking 80 degrees will eventually take its toll on the card life. I'm just thinking with a minor overclock I could run the 7850 to about 1100 clock speed and get performance above the gtx 570 while using less power and have it running at 75 c or under. While saving ~25 ish bucks and still having the lifetime warranty.
  7. nothing wrong with your reasoning in general...
    I have no complaints about the HD 7850, just not a card for me personally.

    I rather have the HD 7870 if going HD Radeon.
  8. Yes, you need to look at benchmarks in specific games as well as consider what resolutions you're going to be using the card at before you can make a totally informed decision. As for the 570, I would not be comfortable buying a card with 1.25GB of VRAM unless I were absolutely committed to 1080p.

    With due respect to Matto, I still think the 2GB on the 7850, its lower price, and its lower power usage and better thermals (and corresponding possibility for OC) make it a better choice than the 570. I dislike the power use and heat output of the 480, but its current pricing makes it hard to ignore.
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