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Radeon 7850 vs. nVidia 480

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September 4, 2012 1:04:49 AM

I'm deciding which one to get. I'm leaning heavily towards the 7850 for various reasons (newer, less heat, less power, 2gb, ect.). Someone convince me (or don't) why I should get the 480? Besides the fact that it's generally better.

P.S. I do plan on overclocking the 7850 as much as possible with the MSI Twin Frozr version.

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September 4, 2012 1:08:46 AM

The 480 is not generally better when current drivers are considered. The 7850 can also overclock greatly whereas a 480 needs an aftermarket cooler to overclock and guzzles huge amounts of power when doing so. That means a higher wattage (and most likely more expensive) PSU is needed.
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September 4, 2012 1:10:29 AM

Go for the 7850 more efficient and runs cooler ;) 
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September 4, 2012 1:11:00 AM

So 7850 IS a good choice?
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 1:11:18 AM

the 480 is a beast that loves volts and begs for a waterblock to be slapped on, that being said get the 7850.
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September 4, 2012 1:13:05 AM

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September 4, 2012 1:16:25 AM

subduck9 said:
I'm deciding which one to get. I'm leaning heavily towards the 7850 for various reasons (newer, less heat, less power, 2gb, ect.). Someone convince me (or don't) why I should get the 480? Besides the fact that it's generally better.

P.S. I do plan on overclocking the 7850 as much as possible with the MSI Twin Frozr version.


The 7850 is an Overclocking beast. It can reach speeds upwards of 1050MHz core. Up to 1200MHz (vs 860 stock) with a slight voltage bump. Combined with the latest drivers and I'd say the Radeon 7850 is much better than the 480.
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