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I will never go back to ATI. I'm fine with taking at worst like 5% less performance in exchange for the ability to trust my card.

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I've been using my ATI 5970 for a few years now. Keeps under 100* celsius on 100% load, 50-70* on idle-gaming , over clocks easily (not that its even remotely needed) and run's even BF3 on Ultra settings. As much as my inner geek wants to upgrade my card (just because I LOVE new tech), this is one thing I'm going to hold out on. Trick to ATI cards heat is to use AMD Afterburner to set the fan speed to "auto", keeps it right up there.

Going to pick up 2 more monitors with my income tax for some eyefinity goodness!

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OK, I'm starting my build and the GPU is the heart of any build........ kind-of anyway.

While I was studying passmark I can't help but see that the 480 score significantly higher on the benchmark test than the 560 Ti.

I know in the past models, NVidia has had a pretty common theme X800 was the gaming version and in many cases you were better off with a 7800 over a 8500 and far and a above an 8200.

Is this still true? Is there something that the passmark benchmarks don't show?

The price difference between the 480 and the 560Ti are not big enough for me to squirm too badly, but if I am going to get a better card out of the 480 I won't mind spending the extra change?

What to the minds here think?

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Incredibly tempted by the 680GTX, but will wait until an official release date is announced to see what else is available before headstart.

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Wait for the non-reference designs to come out, I believe there's still so much juice that vendors can squeeze out of the Kepler achitecture.
Just my 2cents bro.

http://www.techpower...ive-Models.html


Don't click that link.

There is a homeland security page there.

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I never had many problems with ATI however I tried out an Nvidia card on my new computer I built. Can't really complain about either.

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Don't click that link.

There is a homeland security page there.


April fools joke possibly?

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April fools joke possibly?


hmm. the link is back..... must ahve been an April Fools Joke.

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EVGA NVIDIA GTX 550TI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

My current GPU. I was purchasing this on a budget and I could not be happier. I'm able to run most games on max settings with 0xAA, (I don't care about AA at all.) and run every game I play 60+ frames. (If the game allows me, I cap the frame rate at 60 because anything over that is not needed and will just overwork the GPU). EVGA products come with Precision X software which you're able to monitor your GPU's mem usage, tempature, and fan speed. you can also adjust the fan speed if its getting a bit too hot.
Games I can play at 60+ frames: Skyrim, The Saboteur, Darksiders, Every valve game (they're more Cpu dependent though), Every call of duty, and of course the guild wars 2 beta xD.

For the price, I'd highly recommend it. but if price doens't matter just buy a GTX 680 xD

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For the price, I'd highly recommend it. but if price doens't matter just buy a GTX 680 xD


*690 ;)

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EVGA GTX 480 1.5GB vram (higher bit) $219.99 (similar price for one at the micro center near my house)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

XFX Radeon 6950 HD 2GB vram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549

Saphire Radeon 6950 HD 2GB vram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987&Tpk=6950%20saphire

All have about the same or better performance as the GTX 570 series (the better qualitiy version of Bridger's 560 ti version of it) or better and can maybe even match stock performance of the GTX 580 if they are OCed. However the ati cards runs cooler, uses slightly less power, and are a newer generation. The ati cards also have dual fans, while the GTX 480 has a blower. I have used both nvidia and ati gpu cards and have not seen any issue with both (though I use the brands above whoch many say are reliable). There are however more complaints on forums about worse driver support for ati, though usually with a different brand than mentioned above, or about crossfiring when the cards were released. Also many other complaints come from the fact that the ati cards can support 3 monitors (per card), but through the use of a macgyver method with an actice displayport adaptor (the GTX 600 series now supports 3 monitors per card without the need of an active adaptor).

But there u have it, since the introduction of the GTX 600 series and amd radeon 7000 HD series from nvida and ati respectively, prices have gone down for the older lines of gpus (though the nvida ones most affected are the 400 series, which is a hotter and slower version of the 500 series, both based on the fermi architecture.

P.S. Micro center usually has better deals for gpus (try getting the 480 from them if close-by store has them, and they are better with return policies, 30-day and bought 2-year warranties, than doing RMA from newegg - newegg has one of the best RMA policies too)

-Enjoy!

P.S. P.S. Someone mentioned the 550ti. That card is the best bang for your buck at the 100-120 dollar level. I would also recomend for the 130-160 dollar level the 6850 radeon by xfx (currently own). It has a slightly better performance than the GTX 460 and slightly less than the GTX 560 (not ti) and runs cooler. This card was also amd's 1up response to nvidia's bang for buck GTX 460 when it used to be the best performance card for the 180-220 dollar range. But if anyone is getting a 560 or 560ti, these run really hot, so get at least a dual fan by evga or even better the twin frozer by msi.

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Also, (sry for double post), if you search google for "microstutter tom's hardware," there is an updated article about the problem. To put it in a nutshell, apparently sli or crossfire 2-way may produce this effect, which is less noticable with higher-end cards. However, the problem goes away or isn't really noticed at all when one sli or crossfire in 3-way or more (which ironically is only possible via high-end cards anyways). So his best recomendation is to get a really good single card (not overly expensive) or to wait till nvidia and amd fix this problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_stuttering

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-15.html

-Enjoy the fun reads

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