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Old April 9, 2012, 11:16 PM
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Hi guys i have a question. Why does AMD and Nvidia make a great card like a 480 and then for the next 500 series they make lower end cards for more money!??! I mean I own 2 computers and each has a 560 ti in it and havent done much research but i hear the 480 is just so much better. I was thinking of dropping my 560's and replacing with 480's because they are cheaper and better. this is just rediculous. Why dont card manufacturers spend there time making better cards instead of making downgraded cards for more. Unless someone explains to me why I should just keep the 560's over selling and buying 480's then ill probably buy 480's. I have enough space and good airflow good cooling so thats not really a problem.
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Well the 480s weren't cheap until just before the 680 release last month so they are on clearance for a limit of time before never being available again.

Fact is the super clearance sales are crazy good deals but you are getting an outdated and possibly soon to be unsupported product that consumes more power and generates more heat.
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Old April 10, 2012, 12:23 AM
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Hi guys i have a question. Why does AMD and Nvidia make a great card like a 480 and then for the next 500 series they make lower end cards for more money!??! I mean I own 2 computers and each has a 560 ti in it and havent done much research but i hear the 480 is just so much better. I was thinking of dropping my 560's and replacing with 480's because they are cheaper and better. this is just rediculous. Why dont card manufacturers spend there time making better cards instead of making downgraded cards for more. Unless someone explains to me why I should just keep the 560's over selling and buying 480's then ill probably buy 480's. I have enough space and good airflow good cooling so thats not really a problem.
480 is an old card, of course it's going to be cheap and on clearance. Back when they were first released i believe they were around 500-600, and the 460 being 220. The 560ti being the replacement for the 460 its in the same price bracket as it, same for the 580 when it was released, and now the 680.
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Yeah you can't really compared last gen's top-of-the-line card to the current gen's mid-range card.

I definitely wouldn't sell 560's to buy 480's though. If you want to sell your 560's and pick up used 580's, then by all means go for it.
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I also keep hearing good things about gtx480, but dont let them overshadow the fact that this card is extremely loud and hot, or at least that is what all of the reviewers said.
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I can tell you SLI 460 1GB is supposed to be as good as a 580, and I traded for a 480 and it absolutely whips those 460's in every way other then heat, the 480 is a beast but can take it.
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I am running SLI'd 480's under Koolance blocks- no complaints here! Just waiting on shipment from Performance Pcs before I can add my third.

I thought long and hard about upgrading to a 680, but I have the power and heat management to handle another 480, so I'll make do until Kepler comes down in price a bit.
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I used to have a 470 and after multiple RMAs with Zotac, I demanded it to be replaced with a 560, they sent me a 560 Ti and it is way better than the 470. Performance-wise, it is prettysimilar, however, the decrease and sound and heat was really worth it.

The 470/480 are good cards, but they are IMO way too hot and way too loud for my taste.
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Just goes to show you have to do your research. AMD pulled this with their switch from the 5xxx to 6xxx series (5870 hashes more than a 6970 for example, and much much more than a 6870).
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That 480 will cost you the difference before the end of a year due to it's inefficiency.
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