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[Newegg.ca] MSI ARMOR 4G OC RX 480 4GB $229.99 AR $5.99 Shipping

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MSI ARMOR 4G OC RX 480 4GB $229.99 AR $5.99 Shipping

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Newegg has a not-too-shabby deal on the MSI Armor 4G OC RX 480 with 4GB RAM for $239.99 with a $10 MIR.

...$258.28 after GST and shipping -- or $248.28 after MIR.

Can also get 1.0% back from ebates for ~ $3.04 if you don't use PayPal.

Some pros, aside from the obvious specs:

  • Capable and quiet dual fan cooler
  • MSI RMA center in Ontario
  • Can probably be undervolted a bit to reduce temps+noise if not overclocking

Some cons:

  • Not the fastest memory (1750MHz factory)
  • No backplate
  • Fairly long card, might not fit in smaller cases

I've been watching for a decent upgrade for our HTPC to handle 1080p gaming for the odd Steam game that doesn't stream so well from the main PC. (Right now it has a passively cooled HD5450, which on its own is only good for media and simple indie titles like Monaco and Push Me Pull You!)

The recent PowerColor deal was tempting but I didn't think that card's cooler would be as quiet as I'd like. For $10 more overall before rebates, this MSI Armor 4G OC seemed like a decent alternative.
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Not sure about the PowerColor card, but this MSI card has a 0 dB mode where it won't turn on the fan at idle or low loads. And even when the fan does spin up at higher loads, I don't hear it either. It's a fairly barebones card and comes with no accessories but I've been happy with it. And now it's a tad cheaper that what I paid ($235 after MIR) but I did get free shipping at the time.
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This deal looks better than the power color deal. Can anybody confirm?
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For the money these Rx 480 cards are a great deal. You can hum and haw all you want it, but if this is in your price range just pull the trigger, I can't see these going too much cheaper at least until vega (if vega) get released lol. I'm personally waiting on vega because I have a 1440 display and money to burn.
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1xTiMeR wrote: This deal looks better than the power color deal. Can anybody confirm?
It was for me, largely because I trust the MSI brand and cooler a bit more.

The MSI core is clocked higher than the PowerColor core, and it arguably has a better VRM design.

However, the PowerColor is cheaper, has Samsung RAM that is more likely to overclock better, and comes with a backplate, which will help protect the card from (rare) issues that might be caused from sagging under its own weight.

I'm not too worried about overclocking headroom, and I can rig something up to physically support the card, so the lack of a backplate isn't a huge deal to me either.

Between these two cards, I'd say if you're not concerned about noise at all, the PowerColor might be a slightly better deal, because of the price+ram+backplate; whereas if you want your PC to be quieter, the MSI would probably be a better choice.
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Not sure why this deal didn't get more love. Another option for people that don't like the powercolor's single fan.
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Sagging under its own weight? Yikes!

3-year warranty, comes with DOOM. The PowerColor has a 2-year warranty.

Kind of wish I waited since I paid $250+$12 shipping for mine a couple months ago, but I was kind of desperate for a new card after my old one died.
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ZipSpeed wrote: Not sure about the PowerColor card, but this MSI card has a 0 dB mode where it won't turn on the fan at idle or low loads. And even when the fan does spin up at higher loads, I don't hear it either. It's a fairly barebones card and comes with no accessories but I've been happy with it. And now it's a tad cheaper that what I paid ($235 after MIR) but I did get free shipping at the time.
The Powercolor's fan also idles under very low load, I thought my card was defective when I turn on my computer the first time with the card, because the fan did spin. I actually uses Afterburner to make the fan always spin, at low RPM when under low load, probably not necessary but I want my card to be a little cooler. The signal fan is definitely loud when on 100% speed, but it shouldn't reach that high during normal usage anyway. Both cards are decent deal.

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