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*The.Doctor

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#51 8 years ago

All this talk of the 480 being EOL or not is kind of pointless IMO. The fact is its still the second/third fastest Nvidia GPU you can get, and the fact that you can get it so much cheaper than the comparable 570 makes it a great deal, even if it is technically outdated now by the GF110, the performance is still there.

It seems the voltage range you get can vary from card to card depending on the cards BIOS. From what i've found 1.087v is the most common limit for the 470s like mine, however a simple BIOS flash can unlock 1.125v+.




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#52 8 years ago

I was referring to the comments on the 250 when I said short sighted, after all, the discussion didn't escalate until the obsolete comment was made. The 250 is still being used quite a bit, whereas the 480 is being scheduled for early retirement. It wasn't hard to see it coming what with the low yields, expensive architecture, and high heat and power consumption.

I do agree Doc that the 480 does put up good FPS numbers, but that isn't what my comment was about. It was purely about efficiency and future readiness of one product vs another, and there the 500s have it over the 400s.

Indeed a person can buy a 480 fairly cheap by comparison and slap a cooler on it (although that of course somewhat negates the price) and think all is good now, but a yr or two down the road if that PC it's on is no longer sufficing for unforeseen games yet to be released, SLI would be a LOT harder than with a dual slot card.

Anyway, sorry if I offended anyone with my opinions, it wasn't my intent. If I'd not welcomed criticism and opinions in my build thread, I'd have had it out with Daed long ago when he implied my choice of CPU coolers was not as good as the H70. I felt it was just better to detail my reasons for not going that route.

Feel free to give me the "My 480 is better than your 250" responses, heck, I expected it when I decided to go with a get me by card. What I didn't expect was being so pleased with it though, and 1GB VRAM too. :thumbsup: I just hope come time to spend 5 times or more on a better card, I'll be as pleased with it as I am this GPU model that just refuses to die.




Chocu1a

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#53 8 years ago

Yeah, I never keep a card for more than a year(usually when new tech comes out...I stay less than a generation behind the curve, for price breaks). Agreed the cooler did bump the price up, but I did not intend on buying the cooler when I bought this card. It was an impulse purchase made with Christmas money. It really changes the oc potential. Again, not because it needs to be faster, but because it CAN be faster (& cooler). Sure, I could get a 5 series card & slap an aftermarket cooler on it (once they release one), but again, the price would be higher.




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#54 8 years ago
Chocu1a;5447914Yeah, I never keep a card for more than a year(usually when new tech comes out...I stay less than a generation behind the curve, for price breaks). Agreed the cooler did bump the price up, but I did not intend on buying the cooler when I bought this card. It was an impulse purchase made with Christmas money. It really changes the oc potential. Again, not because it needs to be faster, but because it CAN be faster (& cooler). Sure, I could get a 5 series card & slap an aftermarket cooler on it (once they release one), but again, the price would be higher.

Well yeah then it makes more sense, but the value of it given what you just said is going to depend a lot on whether it retains it's selling power, eg: how much you can get for it come time to change again. Hard to say on that one. They're getting attention now after the price drop, but in a yr when you want to sell it that could totally change.

How do you change the fan speed on those F model coolers btw? I seem to recall the first models had fixed fan speed.




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#55 8 years ago

Ahhh, haha, hell I go to like 20 generations behind, I am in a time warp. I don't buy new games so the old games run very good, now that I have an updated system I get the games that I could have got 3 years ago but really cheap. My last system could probably not run win7 or vista, and certainly not 64bit.




Chocu1a

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#56 8 years ago

>Omen<;5447916

How do you change the fan speed on those F model coolers btw? I seem to recall the first models had fixed fan speed.

It uses the fanmate2 controller. Basically it is a little box with a knob you use to control the speed (same as the 9000 series cpu coolers). I never use those. I just keep the fan at 100%.




*Daedalus

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#57 8 years ago
>Omen<;5447909I'd have had it out with Daed long ago when he implied my choice of CPU coolers was not as good as the H70. I felt it was just better to detail my reasons for not going that route.

As I recall, I simply asked why you hadn't bought the H70, as it is the better cooler. I see no reason to bite my head off for that...

Personally, I agreed with Doc and Choc on this one. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm a quiet freak, and was planning on putting the 480 under water, I would have kept it. The 570/580 was just too good to pass up though. The same - or better - performance, all with less heat, and with the stock cooler, a lot less noise. If you're just going to run the card with the stock cooler and don't care about the noise the 400 Series are still great cards, especially when you consider the price.




Chocu1a

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#58 8 years ago

So what did you get Daed? the 570 or the 580? I am curious on how the temps are when pumping up the voltage.




*Daedalus

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#59 8 years ago

I haven't yet. Christmas took a bit of a toll on my wallet. ;)

I should be selling my M17x within the next week or two though, so when I get the cash from that, I'll be picking up a 580 or two. =p




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#60 8 years ago
*Daedalus;5448043As I recall, I simply asked why you hadn't bought the H70, as it is the better cooler. I see no reason to bite my head off for that...

Bite your head off? Again with the over reactions. I was merely pointing out that I DIDN'T see what you said as a reason to get riled, and instead detailed why I chose the H50. And your post was aimed just like mine, not in just mentioning what cooler you thought was better, but in regards to the one I chose not being the best solution. Some people get riled over such comments on their choices, I don't.

The difference is I didn't over react to it, as I just said. I know it's comon place for people to say such things. What galls me is when I say such things it's like suddenly I'm a trouble causer. I swear man, people read too much into mere choices of words used on the net all the time, but worse they're selective about how they do it, accepting it from some, and intolerant when others say it. :rolleyes:

I don't mean to harp over it but I think people could trust my intentions a bit better here. It's not like I have 0 rep and purposely look to antagonize people on a regular basis. Anyways, those are pretty much the exact same things I said regarding the 500s compared to the 400s, just be glad you're being treated as golden when you say it. As for your M17X, why on Earth are you parting with it already? I thought you were thrilled with the thing?