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Maverickman
04-19-10, 07:59 PM
I just got my Galaxy GTX 480 to replace my GTX 295. Yes, it's not that much of an upgrade, but I was surprised how quiet the GTX 480 is compared to my GTX 295. I could hear the GTX 295 humming along whan I was playing Just Cause 2 or Crysis Warhead, but I can hardly hear the GTX 480. What's more, the GTX 480's fan powers down right after gaming. The performance of the GTX 480 is astounding, easily surpassing the GTX 295 in all my games without the SLI hassles. You should definitely get one of these cards. I don't know why so many reviewers are biased against Nvida. Maybe they all read Semi-Accurate? Once the REAL word gets out on these cards, they'll be even tougher to find!

methimpikehoses
04-19-10, 08:01 PM
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Xion X2
04-19-10, 08:06 PM
I don't know why so many reviewers are biased against Nvida. Maybe they all read Semi-Accurate?

Yes, most reviewers are biased against Nvidia, even though they are the larger company with more influence between the two (AMD / NV).

:rolleyes:

brunner
04-19-10, 08:14 PM
Well, 295 is one of the noisiest cards in recent memory so it's no surprise the 480 is quieter. When I switched from 295 to 5870, the biggest thing I noticed was the reduction in noise.

Melfranks
04-19-10, 08:17 PM
This entirely depends upon what you are used to in regards to the graphics card that was replaced and what speed the fan is running.
Having had a GTX 260, my new GTX 470 is about the same until I reach 70% fan speed.
At 100% it's ridiculously loud, I laughed out loud at how noisy that was.
Luckily I can run under full load at 75% fan speed and get good temps.

t3hl33td4rg0n
04-19-10, 08:23 PM
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

:rofl


btw, I like that quote in your sig mel.. It reminds me of every legislation passed since obama took office

Maverickman
04-19-10, 08:27 PM
My fan is not running over 70%. I have a large case with plenty of ventilation, so that may help. Still I was afraid this thing would be a leaf blower like the FX 5800, but it is NOT! If you turn up the fan on any card it will get loud. This card's fan sounds like a gentle swoosh. I'm also impressed how fast it powers down after I finish a game. WHAT A CARD!!!!!! The more people get this card, the more they will be impressed. It's not cheap by any means, but you get what you pay for. I know I sound like a green fanboy, but this card really screams. Most of the reviews I read of the GTX 480 were poor or lukewarm at best. Man, I don't know what these reviewers were drinking! Hey, the Radeon HD 5870 is also not cheap at over $400. For what the GTX 480 offers (PhysX, CUDA, Superior Tesellation), I would take it any day.

brunner
04-19-10, 08:41 PM
I think most reviewers just look at the benchmark numbers instead of judging a card's actual performance during gameplay. In that regard, the 5870 will outpetform a 470GTX 80 to 90 percent of the time.

Ninja Prime
04-19-10, 08:43 PM
"Guys, we made a loud, hot card, what do we do?"

"Send in the viral marketing clowns!"

*Mr. Burns voice*

"Excellent..."

;)

Maverick123w
04-19-10, 08:59 PM
"Guys, we made a loud, hot card, what do we do?"

"Send in the viral marketing clowns!"

*Mr. Burns voice*

"Excellent..."

;)

I'll report on my findings with the 470 later this week :P

lee63
04-19-10, 09:04 PM
They are the same as the 5870s when gaming and that's a fact, when benching the 4xxs are louder.

brunner
04-19-10, 09:09 PM
I've noticed that Vsync has a huge effect on fan noise and heat. When I'm just gaming with Vsync on, the 5870s hardly go above 80 degrees with minimal fan noise. However, during benching, either the cards will hit 90 F and throttle or I'll have to use a customized profile to drive up the fans to really loud levels.

onmikesline
04-19-10, 09:21 PM
wait for vendors to remake the heatsink/fan. then the cards will run alot cooler

Melfranks
04-19-10, 09:34 PM
btw, I like that quote in your sig mel.. It reminds me of every legislation passed since obama took office

Yup, it's getting ridiculous.

Xion X2
04-19-10, 10:12 PM
"Guys, we made a loud, hot card, what do we do?"

"Send in the viral marketing clowns!"

*Mr. Burns voice*

"Excellent..."

;)

No, Ninja. ATI's paying off all those mean, scumbag, cardboard-box-living reviewers to say Fermi's inFERiorMI. Thats what it be. When the fact of the matter is the card rocks harder than Ozzy Osbourne.

It's a sick world.

CaptNKILL
04-19-10, 10:18 PM
I've noticed that Vsync has a huge effect on fan noise and heat. When I'm just gaming with Vsync on, the 5870s hardly go above 80 degrees with minimal fan noise. However, during benching, either the cards will hit 90 F and throttle or I'll have to use a customized profile to drive up the fans to really loud levels.

Wow, you know this has never even crossed my mind before.

That's a great tip.

I run with vsync and triple buffering on at all times. Not allowing the card to render frames that can't be displayed in the first place seems like it would improve efficiency significantly.

nekrosoft13
04-19-10, 10:45 PM
I just got my Galaxy GTX 480 to replace my GTX 295. Yes, it's not that much of an upgrade, but I was surprised how quiet the GTX 480 is compared to my GTX 295. I could hear the GTX 295 humming along whan I was playing Just Cause 2 or Crysis Warhead, but I can hardly hear the GTX 480. What's more, the GTX 480's fan powers down right after gaming. The performance of the GTX 480 is astounding, easily surpassing the GTX 295 in all my games without the SLI hassles. You should definitely get one of these cards. I don't know why so many reviewers are biased against Nvida. Maybe they all read Semi-Accurate? Once the REAL word gets out on these cards, they'll be even tougher to find!

true, really hard to say what the hell was going on with these reviews.

runs cooler then my GTX280

Kaguya
04-19-10, 11:54 PM
true, really hard to say what the hell was going on with these reviews.

runs cooler then my GTX280

What brand did you get, Nekro?

nekrosoft13
04-20-10, 12:13 AM
evga, superclock

Ninja Prime
04-20-10, 12:16 AM
There must be some kind of magic going on, I'm pretty sure. The facts and reviews say: Card is hot. Hotter than GTX 280, 236W vs 250W, and it actually often exceeds its 250W rating. Card is loud. Louder than pretty much any other card. Actually measured with microphones. However, people who buy them, subjectively say, "oh its not bad, its not really hot, ect." Some wizard probably cast level 9 videocard cooling spell on them.

I really don't understand why people deny it, like their life depends on it, and need to make threads and posts denying it and saying otherwise, the evidence is there a million times over, just accept it and move on. If you don't mind either of those two problems, good, but don't go on a misinformation spree about it, it just makes people(me at least, and appearantly Xion) think you're some kind of viral marketing shill.

NIGELG
04-20-10, 12:25 AM
Who do we really believe?'Professional' reviewers or people trying to 'justify' their already made purchases.I tend to lean towards the professional reviewers.

Ninja Prime
04-20-10, 12:35 AM
true, really hard to say what the hell was going on with these reviews.

runs cooler then my GTX280

Yeah clearly the reviewers are all insane, just ask MikeC, site owner here, who did a review pointing out that it was hot... :o

Muppet
04-20-10, 01:43 AM
Well the reviewers performed their sound tests usually on a table without a case and the sensor just a few cm away from the fan.
It might be a completely different story when the card is in your case, 1-2m away under the table. The card might not sound as loud to you anymore. Besides your "distracted" by the ingame sound anyway.

Plus some review sound tests were just stupid, like over at HardOCP.

Yes that is true. All the reviews I read had pictures of the Mic's right next to the video card. That in itself is insane, every card would be loud like that. The simple truth is inside that case, they aren't loud at all if your case has adequate cooling.

Heinz68
04-20-10, 01:53 AM
Who do we really believe?'Professional' reviewers or people trying to 'justify' their already made purchases.I tend to lean towards the professional reviewers.

+1

Bah!
04-20-10, 03:33 AM
Here we go again with the "justify" and the "like their life depended on it" garbage. Get over yourselves, guys!

People are just reporting what they are experiencing. There is no huge conspiracy to spread misinformation. It's laughable that you guys keep writing off person after person who buys one of these cards and then has the same experience people have been reporting for over a week now.

What about when reviewers go back after their reviews and say things like the heat and temps were "a non issue for these upgraded retail cards" and "at the end of the day the heat and noise complaints are complete non-issues"? Those are quotes from a Hardware Canucks video. You can't explain that away with people trying to deceive or justify anything, can you?