New GPU ?

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  1. alextheg

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    Morning all ;)

    After much time pondering a new GPU , ive settled now on a choice of two cards..... almost :D. Im torn now between an AMD RX480 8GB and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB.

    Im looking for anyone with experience of these particular cards, what are your thoughts / preferences. Any pro's and con's relating to them.

    I have a 500 watt modular PSU at the moment , not planning on upgrading that right now.
    Im looking for a full size card not the mini version.
    Main use will be high end / High def movie playback with madVR acceleration which is obviously GPU hungry.

    Looking to spend £200 to £250 maximum. Thanks in advance folks :g:
     
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  2. alextheg

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    So the extra 2GB of memory does'nt really seperate these cards then ?
     
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  3. MrMagic

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    Not really, unless you were planning on going CrossFire with major Hz/Resolution, but even then if you went SLI with the 1060, 6GB would still be plenty

    4GB vRAM is still plenty these days unless you go MultiGPU with silly rez/refresh
     
  4. alextheg

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    Never really seen much benefit in SLI. Im planning on getting a 65" 4k display panel soon so im really aiming at at UHD movies. As i mentioned i use madVR and some of the rendering / upscaling is very demanding / reliant on a good GPU.
     
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  5. MrMagic

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    SLI's benefit comes into play for gaming rather than anything else, same with Crossfire to a lesser extent, a lot less game compatibility with CF vs SLI

    4k Panel won't affect vRAM much, and either of those cards will power UHD movies at that rez

    Don't have any experience with MadVR, but either one of those GPUs will run out of grunt before they run out of vRAM which was why I mentioned mGPU setups to give them that extra power and enable them to make use of all that vRAM

    Comes down to personal choice in your situation I'd say, I was with AMD GPUs for years, and have been with NVIDIA for about 3 years, and I would never ever go back to AMD, NVIDIA are just worlds ahead in terms of optimisation

    They have the devs in their pocket, AMD plays the blame game on whatever they can for their problems and poor performance

    I'd steer clear of their sinking ship
     
  6. alextheg

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    To be honest, I was edging towards Nvidia. So you reckon the 980 is still worth a look too ?
     
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  7. MrMagic

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    Yea the 980 is still a great card, had mine since 2014, recently upgraded my monitor from 1080p to 1440p, still pushing like 70-150fps in GTAV depending on part of map / indoors/outdoors etc
     
  8. alextheg

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    Yet more reading......

    Now split between the gtx 980 and 1060.....
     
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  10. Tiger-1

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    @alextheg before you bought your new gpu always remember also change your PSU with at least Real 450W for some gpu's; but for new gpu's as AMD RX480 or similar Nvidia you need PSU with a minimum of Real 750W (ideal 1000W IMO) only my 2 cents dude
     
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    I have an MSI Armor 1060 6GB in my Dell T3500 with 12gb ram and X5670 processor. Runs anything I throw at it on ultra / 1080P 60hz.. Reference coolers are loud and they run HOT
     
  14. alextheg

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    Thanks for the info folks, food for thought :g:
     
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  15. herpherp

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    graphics card most expensive piece of hardware in computer
     
  16. Hadron-Curious

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    @OP
    Which one did you finally get? How is the performance?
     
  17. alextheg

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    I'm buying the new GPU in the next couple of weeks. Most likely getting the Gigabyte Windforce gtx 1060. I'll let you know how it performs :)
     
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  18. Joe C

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    Not sure as to why but GPU's are priced at an ungodly amount money
     
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