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Old 07-03-10, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Opinion on a 470...

So there's an MSI GTX 470 for sale at $300 with a Resident Evil 5 coupon (a game I wanted to check out anyway).

Think I should go ahead and do it? I could probably get a good $250 out of my GTX 285 and 9800 GTX combined.... I'm just not sure if its worth it
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Old 07-03-10, 12:52 PM   #2
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May catch a bit of flaming for this, but I don't think it's worth it unless you just really want to have a single card and/or DX11 for any reason.

Spring for a 480 or 5870 if you want to see any really noticeable increase. Oh, I have the EVGA stock clocked 470 btw. Came from a HD 4870, but even then the gains are not absolutely astounding... Nice, just not knock your socks off great.

EDIT: I'm considering selling mine in order to upgrade, if that's an indication.....
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Old 07-03-10, 01:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Opinion on a 470...

Well I should have probably explained my situation better. This is the only time in the year that I'll have a 500+ balance in my bank account because of no tuition during the summer. So I can afford to make the switch to a newer card and pay the balance off when my old cards sell...

I don't actually have room on my budget for a new card when I take the next year into consideration. So to be honest my only options would be wait at the least a year until I'm out of school and working full time at which point I could afford a whole new system, or take the ~$50 or less upgrade now.

I'm not looking for a huge performance increase, more or less just a glimpse of DX11 and what it can do and I really want to play with Cuda 3.0 and its ability to be integrated with c++ code and executed on the 400 series gpus.... I'm actually pushing worst case ~40 fps on my monitor in the worst games (BC2, Crysis, Metro) so performance isn't a huge motivating factor...
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Old 07-03-10, 02:52 PM   #4
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Yes go ahead and get it the MSI GTX 470 is a great card ,I got mine for $280 shipped and it came with a free game so I bought two.If you had a GTX 285 then the fan should be no bother ,it did'nt really get noticeable to me until I went past 70%.The MSI GTX 470 I have in it right now will overclock to 795/1900 at default voltages and I ran the fan at 70% and the hottest it got was 75c ,the memory might have went higher but there where I stopped at.In 3D Vantage I got a score of 21,410 and the default was 17,217 ,so that was over a 4,000 gain just in overclocking it.I was useing the 197.03 drivers that came on the CD.I need to download the new ones.with my HD5870 running it at 1000/5000(1250) I got a score of 18,740.The GTX 470 scales so much better then a HD5870 does.I can't wait to see what I get when I overclock the voltage some.After I get though with this MSI GTX 470 ,I will put the other one in and see if it overclocks just as good ,I hope it does,so I can set up my SLI and I have a 8800gts for phys-x.I had the opposite efect I think the GTX 470 is the best bang for the bulk.Now if you put the fan at a 100% it is very loud.But so far I have just needed 70%.I am very supprise how good the GTX 470 runs.I would get it IMO I don't think you will regret it,and this is comeing from someone who has two HD5870 running in CF.
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Old 07-04-10, 11:08 AM   #5
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Yeah, in that case I would say the 470 is the card to have.
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I personally don't think it's worth it at this time. There are no real "must sees" in dx11 right now. Maybe when there is a title that is a "must see" cards will be even cheaper.
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Well I ordered it.... we'll see how this turns out. I just know that my 9800 GTX is an absolute waste as a physics card because i hardly do use it. It's sucking alot of power and alot of room.... I think the 470 will be a nice consolidation of what I currently have
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Well I ordered it.... we'll see how this turns out. I just know that my 9800 GTX is an absolute waste as a physics card because i hardly do use it. It's sucking alot of power and alot of room.... I think the 470 will be a nice consolidation of what I currently have
Good man. The GTX 470 is awesome
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