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Philbert
05-30-2010, 06:25 PM
I'm looking to get a new video card in the near future specifically for 3D-Coat I could use as many GPU cores and as much RAM on it as possible. However it seems that there's a minimal spec difference, but a huge price difference between the 470 and 480. What do you guys think?

I also wonder if these would make a big difference to LW or Core.

StereoMike
05-31-2010, 02:12 AM
I was shopping for gfx board recently, and I went for an ebay gtx260, cause:
-the current gtx470/480 is not that much better than the ati cards, but much more expensive, hotter and needs more power,
-ati 5850 wouldn't help me with 3dcoat and octane.

So I decided to wait for the next generation, and settle with an interim solution.
I wanted to buy a gtx275 initially, but since time was an issue I couldn't wait for the auctions to end and chose an available item. Was very cheap (130 Euro), and new.

I guess it depends- if you need the power right now, you have to buy the first generation 4xx stuff from nvidia.

mike

radams
05-31-2010, 04:39 AM
Well, are you looking to use one or more cards in a system?

The new 400 series does indeed use more power and are very hot.
neither even have all the models working either...thus the cuda core yield is less than originally advertised....and since they are new...you will spend the higher price...they are also coming in 1.5 -2 gig versions...there are supposed to be 4-6 gig versions sometime in the future...though that might be only in the Quadro line.

Something to note: that on their TESLA processing units the GPU speced is that of the 470...just with more memory.
From what I can find out...is that they are more reliable...and can put more than one in a box without over heating....

Though as for Cuda core improvements...and with memory EEC management, with additional improvements they have...I don't know how that impacts apps like 3D coat say vs a 285...which is the other GPU I would recommend at this time.


Cheers,

radams
05-31-2010, 05:10 AM
Check out this link

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2977/nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-480-and-gtx-470-6-months-late-was-it-worth-the-wait-

Cheers,

Philbert
05-31-2010, 07:47 AM
Thanks for the info, I don't think I will decide immediately as right now 3DC has some bugs when using these cards with CUDA, although nVidia is sending Andrew a 480 to test with so he should have it fixed soon.

radams
05-31-2010, 09:51 AM
If you are concerned with giving more time for these 400 series cards to be working with software...I would then suggest going with the 285...it still has cuda...and a decent clockspeed and throughput.

Cheers,

Philbert
05-31-2010, 11:17 AM
Thanks I'll check it out.

OlaHaldor
06-01-2010, 05:29 AM
All GeForce cards from 8800GT and up has CUDA.

Good luck with the shopping :)

Matt
06-01-2010, 05:36 AM
So I decided to wait for the next generation, and settle with an interim solution.

Basically what I'm doing, was not at all impressed with the 470 / 480 cards at all, especially from a heat / noise standpoint.

Even if I did want one, you just can't get hold of those cards over here, constantly sold out, so some people must be buying them.

Philbert
06-01-2010, 07:37 AM
Even if I did want one, you just can't get hold of those cards over here, constantly sold out, so some people must be buying them.

I would be buying from Newegg anyway, they seam to have plenty in stock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549

KorbenD
06-27-2010, 08:27 PM
I had a 470, then upgraded to a 480 through EVGA's Step-Up program.

Both are insanely fast cards, the 480 actually runs slightly cooler than the 470 did. Max temp when tested with Furmark on the 480 was 90C. In gaming, the max temp I've seen was 86. Of course a lot depends on the case you use. This is the one I have right now:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/28091-silverstone-fortress-ft02-mid-tower-case-review.html

CUDA apps top out at about 82 degrees.

Philbert
06-27-2010, 08:42 PM
I have this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144151) with 4 80mm fans in it, but heat is a concern so thanks for mentioning it