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Old October 20, 2012, 12:52 PM
Raviolissimo Raviolissimo is offline
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Question nVidia 480 vs. nVidia 550 vs. ATI 6670

I have a 4850 in my 3930K system.

It bogs down sometimes and I was thinking about upping the video card.

I'm looking at the EVGA 480, the EVGA 550, and the Asus 6670 -

the 550 for $115, sometimes it drops to $105 - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

the 6670 for $90 at Amazon

reviews for the Asus 6670 at Newegg, $93 - ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

the 480 for $200 at Newegg - EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Basically I like cheap fast stable video cards. I usually buy chipsets that have been out for a while, at least a year, so as to minimize driver problems with 3D programs. I find this is a much cheaper way of getting a decent video card than paying the premium for a FireGL or Quadro.

I already ordered the 6670, and have been eyeing the 550 for about 9 months waiting for it to come down in price.

The 480 seems like a good card, more expensive but twice as much horsepower, maybe more.

I found benchmarks for some of the cards

Video Card Comparison -

Also, a "performance per dollar" table -
PassMark Videocard Value Chart - Performance / Price of Videocards

I'm using the cards for Computer aided Design & 3D Animation. Their performance in a video game is a good indicator of their performance when you are in a CAD or animation program, in terms of zooming/ panning/ & rotating the view ... assuming the drivers hold up.

I'm curious what results you guys are getting from these 3 chipsets, the 6670, 550, and 480.

As it stands, the 4850 will go back in its original home, a Core2Quad.

I will try the 6670 and the 550 in the 3930K system and a Xeon 5645 system I just bought. Not sure which card will go with which. The Xeon is a hex-core but only consumes about 80 watts. I am installing a photovoltaic solar system and would like to have one of my hex-core systems be a lower-power consumption system, I might put the 6670 in that system.
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