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    Graphics card dilemma please help

    Hi all,

    Did discuss a little on a RX 470 thread earlier, but felt it needed it's own thread.

    Could you please advise on which graphics card to buy from the ones below:

    R9 380 £124 Flubit
    RX 470 reference £165
    RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ £210 ish I think

    Sticking to AMD as I will be getting a freesync monitor.

    I want to game at 1080/60fps at fairly good settings. Not massively fussed with playing the latest and greatest titles, have a fair few older titles to get through like GTA 4,5 etc.

    Thanks!

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    Rx 480 from the list, games are getting quite detailed now,

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    westy125

    Rx 480 from the list, games are getting quite detailed now,



    ​You think I could get away with 4GB? also could you please advise about reference vs non reference cards, now that the power issue is sorted, I do understand the partner cards are much cooler. Thanks

    If money's tight, the RX 470 seems to be benchmarking well, not losing much in comparison with the RX 480: eurogamer.net/art…iew

    As for non-reference vs reference cards, my understanding is that with non-reference cards you'll have the addition of aftermarket cooling (i.e., fans, etc.), which can make overclocking more readily feasible, with of course an increase in physical size.

    Mrman123

    ​You think I could get away with 4GB? also could you please advise about r … ​You think I could get away with 4GB? also could you please advise about reference vs non reference cards, now that the power issue is sorted, I do understand the partner cards are much cooler. Thanks



    ​4gb is fine for high spec, depending on your ram, cpu etc, I was running a single r9 290x for ages and that still played gta v on ultra!

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    westy125

    ​4gb is fine for high spec, depending on your ram, cpu etc, I was r … ​4gb is fine for high spec, depending on your ram, cpu etc, I was running a single r9 290x for ages and that still played gta v on ultra!



    ​surprised with that, sound very good. it'll be an i5-6400, 16GB RAM.

    Mrman123

    ​You think I could get away with 4GB? also could you please advise about r … ​You think I could get away with 4GB? also could you please advise about reference vs non reference cards, now that the power issue is sorted, I do understand the partner cards are much cooler. Thanks



    How long do you tend to keep cards? The lower memory amounts are great for those who always want to have the next best thing but if you tend to keep cards until you can't find enough playable games for them then I would consider the higher amount. Now isn't a great time to buy as there's so much demand most of the models are sold out. Prices may drop a bit after the initial demand subsides.

    They all pump out the same amount of heat, if anything partner cards can be quite a bit hotter because they're slightly overclocked. Techpowerup found the Asus 470 was producing 19% (23W) more heat than a (pseudo-)reference 470.

    What they can sometimes offer is better cooling, so they can run at lower noise levels for the same temperature, or higher clockspeeds (more heat output) for the same noise level.

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    EndlessWaves

    How long do you tend to keep cards? The lower memory amounts are great … How long do you tend to keep cards? The lower memory amounts are great for those who always want to have the next best thing but if you tend to keep cards until you can't find enough playable games for them then I would consider the higher amount. Now isn't a great time to buy as there's so much demand most of the models are sold out. Prices may drop a bit after the initial demand subsides. They all pump out the same amount of heat, if anything partner cards can be quite a bit hotter because they're slightly overclocked. Techpowerup found the Asus 470 was producing 19% (23W) more heat than a (pseudo-)reference 470. What they can sometimes offer is better cooling, so they can run at lower noise levels for the same temperature, or higher clockspeeds (more heat output) for the same noise level.


    This will be my first proper gaming rig, I want to keep it for a few years (2-3).
    I've seen the PowerColor RX 480 8GB on Ebuyer for £216 so prob go for that. What do you guys think? thanks

    Edited by: "Mrman123" 5th Aug 2016
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