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Old 07-01-10, 06:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is there something specific to make me choose a new gpu?

GTX 480:


Higher performance
more features (CUDA/Physx)
Better (subjective) driver support
Better tesselation performance


High power usage
High heat output
No support for 3 monitors without SLI
Expensive: $500

HD 5870:


Lower heat output
Lower power usage
Native 3 monitor support (6 monitors with 5870 Eyefinity 6 model)
Additional monitors with each card in Crossfire.
Support for ATI stream
Cheaper: $370-400


Lower performance
Worse (subjective) driver support

Both cards have:

OpenCL support
Direct X 11
OpenGL 4.0
Onboard HD video decoder (supported in ATI's Cat 10.6 driver)

That's a basic list. Remember that the GTX 480 uses A LOT more power than the HD 5870 but only produces 10-15% more performance overall.

I chose the 5870, and I haven't been disappointed yet. If you want to use 3 or more monitors, the 5870 is a no-brainer. If you only use 1 or 2 monitors, take your pick. You really can't go wrong with either of them.

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