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Raviolissimo October 20, 2012 12:52 PM

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
Newegg.com - 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
Newegg.com - 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
Newegg.com - 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 - GPUReview.com

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. :biggrin:

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.

bliz October 20, 2012 01:31 PM


Its strange, i thought that the 480 was more expensive^^ i would take the 480,even if its much preferable to take a 560 or a 500 series ,or even a 650, but here is not the question, depends on the power you want,check that:

GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

480 almost x2 better

GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

480 WAY BETTER (this website shows the most important factors of a GPU speed)

so, i think 200 dollars is awesome for a 480,i have seen some at 400 dollars, even today ,very strange price,i would not hesitate and rush the 480.

for 3D and animation,bigger the card is ,better the performance is, it's like games^^ so yes you are comparing a monster vs 2x and 3x weaker cards

in my links there is the max power consumption of the card, make sure that you calculate the max TDP of all the parts of the computer, and that the overall result is less that 90% of the PSU wattage, i generally recommend that for the lifespan of the PSU..

Silvgearx October 20, 2012 03:53 PM

For $200 the gtx 480 is not worth it.

A gtx 570 is much much better in value and productivity.

Newegg.com - ZOTAC ZT-50206-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

BeaverBender October 20, 2012 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by bliz (Post 664377)

I think you got the symbols backasswards :bleh:

bliz October 20, 2012 05:48 PM

Why ? It's short and tells the truth in performance, and It's clear, all said ^^

And Silv,200 dollars is awesome for a 480, do you realize a 560 ti, which is like 20% slower is more expensive? The least expensive 560ti we have in france is 200 EUROS, 200$ for a 480 is awesomeness.I highly recommend it

BeaverBender October 20, 2012 05:59 PM

Ummm, well in your text you are saying that the 480 is better but you use the "less than" symbol (<), I think what you should be using is the "greater than" symbol (>). :biggrin:

bliz October 20, 2012 06:16 PM

OMG thanks i didn't see :rofl::rofl:^^ fixed.Thanks.

Bond007 October 20, 2012 07:23 PM

while for graphics ability its hands down 480>550>6670, I wouldn't go for the 480 for heat/noise/power consumption. Given that it costs $200 I would use that same budget or less and try to find a GTX 660 on sale (they are only a bit above the $200 mark now and should go on sale below), or if you don't want to wait go for a gtx 560Ti (keeps you under max budget, but still much better performance than the 6670 or 550.

bliz October 20, 2012 08:03 PM

660 ti are really expensive, around 300-350 dollars. On sale i expect 250 dollars!

JJThomp October 20, 2012 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by bliz (Post 664465)
660 ti are really expensive, around 300-350 dollars. On sale i expect 250 dollars!

They were on sale this weekend for $250 at NCIX (MSI PE no less with only a $15 MIR)

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