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    GTX 470 Upgrade

    Hi Guys,

    Looking to upgrade my noisy GTX 470. What do you suggest.

    I want something with good performance (better than 470), with decent noise levels and price.

    The 660, does this provide better performance than a 470, or similar? Could I justify spending the money on this or does it provide similar performance.

    Would it be worth waiting for the Radeon HD 8 Series, and if so, does anyone have any insider knowledge on it's release date?

    Just looking for comments and suggestions, really, and a bit of discussion!

    Thanks!

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    I would suggest a GTX 660Ti, for the best price to performance ratio right now. Or a GTX 670 depending on your budget.
    significantly better performance than 470 - AND much more power efficient - less heat.
    See this relative performance chart -

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Hmm interesting so a 670 would be slightly more than a 75% increase in performance. Are these reference cards too?

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Yes that is just comparing reference cards, of course results will vary between different games and whatnot but that gives you an idea what kind of gains you can expect assuming you don't hit a CPU bottleneck

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by davesom555 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Looking to upgrade my noisy GTX 470. What do you suggest.

    I want something with good performance (better than 470), with decent noise levels and price.

    The 660, does this provide better performance than a 470, or similar? Could I justify spending the money on this or does it provide similar performance.

    Would it be worth waiting for the Radeon HD 8 Series, and if so, does anyone have any insider knowledge on it's release date?

    Just looking for comments and suggestions, really, and a bit of discussion!

    Thanks!
    This HD7950:

    http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyt...x-oc-7XN5.html

    Above that a GTX670 or HD7970 as the price has dropped on them.

    Regarding the HD8000 series,March/April has been touted as the release date for the top end ones.
    Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 21-11-2012 at 01:12 PM.


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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    If you want nvidia - 660 ti is the one to get IMHO - best bang per buck. If you want a bit more poke - get 2 in SLI.

    I just got a MSI 660ti Power edition to replace my ageing GTX480. Its a much much better card. It's about 30% faster than the 480 in the games I play but more importantly for me it's totally silent and uses ~150 watts less - which I am really happy with.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Hmm very interesting. What about the 660Ti vs the Gigabyte Windforce 3gb that Cat mentioned. That is at a very nice price!

    Also I have a BitFenix Prodigy Case - I forgot to mention before so obviously space would be an issue, and the lower thermals the better.
    Last edited by davesom555; 22-11-2012 at 12:45 PM.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Can't help you on that I am afraid - I have been Nvidia only for a long time - have not tried a modern Radeon as I want PhysX in games and I also use Cuda for parallel processing so AMD is no use (to me) for either of those.

    If I had spare cash for a second games PC i would try a radeon in it just to see what the fuss is about.

    If AMD is anything like Nvidia then the revelation for me about the modern generation of cards is the very low power usage and extreme silence. I cant get over how totally silent the MSI is in general use. My GTX480 was like concorde (but I guess like concorde, it was also very fast).

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Yeh I know what you mean, sounds like i'd have the same revelation moment. My GTX 470 is extremely loud, it's as if im working in an engine room on a ship.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    water cool it
    Quote Originally Posted by davesom555 View Post
    Yeh I know what you mean, sounds like i'd have the same revelation moment. My GTX 470 is extremely loud, it's as if im working in an engine room on a ship.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    All my cards cooled by "single cage fan + blow hot air out of the back fans" are really noisy. The best solution I found was to mount three or four 120mm fans with filters on the left case cover all blowing air in, then adding a vent in the top of the case for the excess hot air to blow up & out. Also, keeping positive pressure in the case stops dust bunnies from building up in the CPU & video card heat sinks.

    Not subtle, but effective and can be done to cheap cases.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    same card, same problems. both the sound and looking for a upgrade.
    i found this list www<dot>videocardbenchmark<dot>net/gpu_list<dot>php
    And yes, its unclear, but it had the general score about the same as i have seen in comparison test. the prices: i have seen the cards cheaper. but basicly its the 660ti vs the 7950.
    So i'm gonna check the features an costs of both

    oh need 5 post to post a url..

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    If you want nvidia - 660 ti is the one to get IMHO - best bang per buck. If you want a bit more poke - get 2 in SLI.

    I just got a MSI 660ti Power edition to replace my ageing GTX480. Its a much much better card. It's about 30% faster than the 480 in the games I play but more importantly for me it's totally silent and uses ~150 watts less - which I am really happy with.

    Butuz
    Yes - if you are worried about your PSU being unable to cope, get the 660Ti - gets the most power/watt. Whatever the setup, 2x 660Ti > 1x 680.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    I bought the Gigabyte 7950 Windforce mentioned by Cat above, for 220 - Theres a £10 off voucher for dabs if you google it . I also get 2% cashback from my work so it was a bargain.

    Very happy with it - been playing Planetside 2 on max and I cant hear the GPU fan at all. Very much recommended.

    Question about the bios though - It's running at 900 mhz as standard OC, is it possible to upgrade the bios to the boost one? If so is it really worth it?

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Just overclock it normally instead of applying boost.

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    Re: GTX 470 Upgrade

    Yeah, thought so, boost seems to be a bit of a con!

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