Overclocked GeForce GTX 480 Shoot-Out: MSI vs. Gigabyte

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 10 2010 11:48 AM
A funny thing happened during the course of this article—life got in the way. And in the few weeks that things were delayed, the PC graphics landscape changed dramatically. A couple of weeks before NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 580 onto the world, MSI and Gigabyte readied a pair of the most innovative GeForce GTX 480 cards to hit the market. Not only were the cards factory overclocked, but they featured custom coolers, re-worked PCBs, and hardcore, enthusiast-class features not found on any other GTX 480.

MSI and Gigabyte sent us these custom GTX 480s, and just before putting the finishing touches on the piece, my wife went into labor, the GeForce GTX 580 hit, a few other launches needed coverage (including the just released GTX 570), and badabing badaboom, here we are today.

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realneil replied on Fri, Dec 10 2010 10:46 PM

Quote: "both of these cards slightly trail the GTX 580, but typically run on par with or slightly better than a GTX 570"

This EVGA GTX580 is only $519.99 with a lifetime warranty.    (and with a free Mafia2 game coupon w/ purchase)

The 570 and 580 series cards are a little more advanced with a newer design producing less heat, and with a better cooler to dissipate heat more efficiently.

The 570's go for around $350.00, don't they?

You guys DO remember this graphic?

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

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Marco C replied on Fri, Dec 10 2010 11:09 PM

As I said in the conclusion, these cards are not for everyone. There are similar or better performing cards out there now for about the same price (580) or much less (570).  However, the aggressive binning and superior power delivery on these boards puts their power consumption right in line with the GTX 580;

Note the GB card has the same idle power and uses only 6 more watts under load. Also, the coolers on these cards are more capable than reference models.

So yes, we know the 570 is $350--I mention it in the intro and conclusion. If you had actually read and quoted more than a single sentence you may have caught it.

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