Upgrading from GTX 480

Hey everyone, recently I have been thinking about upgrading from my EVGA GTX 480 for a couple reasons:

1. It is UNGODLY hot.
2. The power consumption is a bit much.
3. I have been thinking of 3 monitor setup or 1440p/1600p resolution down the line, so I would need more VRAM, and I'd have to use SLI, and I really don't want two of those monsters sucking out more power. :??:

So my question is what would be a good card to upgrade to? I don't particularly care which brand (I've used Nvidia my whole like, but if AMD works, I'm all for it). I at least want something comparable (better if possible). Money is a little tight right now too, so cheaper better. I have been taking a look at various things, and I was wondering what it 384-bit means? How would it compare to a modern 128-bit card?

Thanks so much

If it helps I currently have a i7-3930k and 8 GB of RAM
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  1. GTX 660ti
    GTX 670

    Or

    Radeon 7950
    Radeon 7970

    Are your options.

    Any of those is taking a HUGE ammount of stress off of your power supply.

    Those all do N-Surround/Eyfinity

    384-bit means that the memory bus is larger, the memory travels faster and is more efficient.

    A 1GB 256 bit isnt as fast as far as memory as a 1GB 384bit
  2. Budget?
  3. Well budget comes into effect, but I agree with austing. The 660 Ti-670 7950-7970 range would be a really good upgrade if your wanting it 300 and below.
  4. Good options there.

    For very good info have a look at: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    To let you know how your current card compares with any eventual choice, check out: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  5. austing said:
    A 1GB 256 bit isnt as fast as far as memory as a 1GB 384bit


    That's not accurate. Memory speed = Memory Frequency * Memory Bus Width.

    For example, if 256 bit one has 6000 MHz frequency, while 384 bit has 4000 MHz frequency, their speeds would match.

    256 * 6000 = 1536000
    384 * 4000 = 1536000
  6. Thanks for the replies!

    I would like to keep it sub-$300 if possible, unless you think that there is one that is above and beyond.

    How do those 4 cards compare? Would there be any downsides?

    Regarding the memory bus size, would I notice the decrease when upgrading to any of those?


    For comparison sake, When playing Far Cry 3, I am playing with everything on Ultra and MSAA x4, how would these compare?
  7. Bang for your dollar, get the HD 7870.
  8. I see some good deals out there on the 7950, how would that compare to a 660 ti? I've never owned an AMD before, is there any downside/upside in games?

    I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588

    How is it for overclocking?
  9. sonny24 said:
    I see some good deals out there on the 7950, how would that compare to a 660 ti? I've never owned an AMD before, is there any downside/upside in games?

    I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588

    How is it for overclocking?


    None that I can think of besides Physx and no CUDA. I think a 7950 should suit you well or a GTX 670 which ever you end up buying should make you happy with the performance you will get.
  10. sonny24 said:
    I see some good deals out there on the 7950, how would that compare to a 660 ti? I've never owned an AMD before, is there any downside/upside in games?

    I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588

    How is it for overclocking?


    Performance is very similar to GTX 660 Ti. You won't be sorry getting either card.
  11. Realistically a 480 to a 660ti isn't really worth it, you'd have to be looking at something like a GTX 670.
  12. go for the 7950 it has a bigger memory bandwith and the main reason cuz u said u r looking forward to using 3 monitors and the eyefinity Tech from AMD is much better than the nVidia's Surrounding and it doesn't draw alot of power too
  13. ^

    How exactly is it better? Because you need to use a plethora of adapters to make it work?
  14. A lot of you are suggesting the 7950. If I overclocked it, would it perform equivalent to the 670? I have a 750W power supply, so I'm not entirely sure about how much room there is to overclock.

    Also, how is XFX as a brand? I've never bought any of their cards before. I'm really leaning towards taking the plunge on that one.
  15. Don't forget you can overclock GTX 660 Ti as well.

    Read this article:

    http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited/11
  16. XFX is the EVGA of AMD cards.
  17. I'm torn more and more about which way to go! Hypothetically, if I stretched a bit and got a low priced 670 like this:
    EVGA reference card would it be worth it in terms of performance per $?

    Otherwise I would just go with a 7950.

    This is a hard choice considering how beastly the 480 was :P
  18. If you saved up for a low end 670, you'd have to OC it to the next tier of AMD GPU's, so basicly, its an endless cycle of cat an mouse over preformance.

    I just buy and enjoy what I have the money to afford, and I've never been envious of anything better because I know I can just get it second hand for cheap in 6 months haha.

    You can pick up two 460's for less than 100$ each, and get the preformance of a GTX580 for almost half price. The power of second hand is amazing really.
  19. I agree with the first half of what "austing" has stated above., but I would strongly recommend buy a single gpu. It is always tempting to think about going a little bit over your budget, but remember budgets are made for reasons.

    A 7870, 660ti or 7950 will all give you a great gaming experience at 1080p.
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