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Comment Thread for GTX 480 and GTX 470 Reviews

encorp

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The most nv biased review on the web, grats.

You should be ashamed of yourself, look at what the respectable websites like anand, [H] and THG said. You'll always be minor league if you are in nvidia's pockets.

FAIL.

Since when was Anand NOT in anyone's pocket? It's a well known fact they are. Also I do reach [H] but their testing methodologies lack a bit; although I do trust them to be honest. Anand though is a joke and the simple fact you even mentioned them as "respected" completely disproves -every- opinion you have since they are very well known to be completely, and wholly on the side of manufacturers. They might as well have Charlie do their reviews.
 

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We're actively researching this. Anything that will make the outcome more accurate is fine in my books.

Back to the topic at hand.... ;)
 

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Interesting read. Personally I won't be purchasing either card...............................just yet.

Being the owner of a 4870 I think I'll hold off a while & see when/if ATI drops their prices or just go out and get another 4870 for some CF.
I would obviously loose the DirectX 11 compatibility but at this point in time it's not something that sways my purchase decision.

For HD4870 owners & comparisons sake, Anandtech does include HD4870CF results in it's GTX-480/470 review and Rage3D has an interesting comparison of the HD4870X2 vs Hd4870 CF. For the most part, in non-DX11 titles naturally, the HD4870X2 holds it's own and in many cases outperforms the gtx-480. This is not to say that in the big scheme of things the dual 4870's are a better buy looking twords the future, just food for thought for present HD4xxx owners as a possible upgrade path.
AnandTech: NVIDIA?s GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470: 6 Months Late, Was It Worth the Wait?
Rage3D.com : ATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 Review [ A Bumpy Introduction ]
 

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The CPU, memory, HDD, etc. will influence the outcome. The whole point behind the exercise would be to isolate the GPU's power signature.
A method similar to the one X-bit uses would probably be the easiest to implement, outside of purchasing a pre-existing PCI-E passthrough card that measures power. I had thought they used an off-the-shelf measurement device, but after reading their methodology article it seems that they designed a custom PCB. A more "ghetto" method would just be to install current shunts to measure the power going through each +12V wire, and then use a multimeter to get readings from them (you'd obviously have to perform a calibration procedure beforehand, but if you get linear response transducers then it would be quite simple to calculate the necessary correction). It would be more labour-intensive, but you wouldn't really have to design much.
 

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Yeah kinda something i tried to explain to SKY but probably a hell of a lot more technical then that, oops!
 

Zero82z

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Yeah kinda something i tried to explain to SKY but probably a hell of a lot more technical then that, oops!
Well, you would know the details better than I would. I know how to set something like that up to perform the measurements, but actually designing the sensors is beyond my current knowledge.
 

Arinoth

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Well, you would know the details better than I would. I know how to set something like that up to perform the measurements, but actually designing the sensors is beyond my current knowledge.
I also meant you explained it in a more non-technical compared to mine which would probably baffle those who don't have the knowledge depth i've had hammered into my head.
 

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So in all honesty; Should I try and pick up another used GTX 275 and wait some more months for the 485, 475, 460 or whatever? Or just go for a 470 now?
 

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if i were you id actually sell the 275 till it still holds some value :) decide later ;)
 

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