Agreed. In your posting history, you never mentioned that the HD 7970 runs hotter and louder than the GTX 670/680; apparently it is not an issue for you that the HD 7970 uses more power. Yet suddenly it is an issue for you that the GTX 480 runs hotter and uses more power than a HD 7850?
What is there to talk about regarding vRAM? The GTX 480 has sufficient for its useful life at the resolution and settings that most end users will use.
How is $180 not a good deal for a GTX 480? What makes a thirty dollar more expensive and slower card for most that don't overclock, a better deal?
The power heat and noise issue between the 7970 and the GTX 680 is nowhere near the difference between the GTX 480 and the 7850.
I never even really compared the 7970 and the GTX 680 really. I have no interest in cards that expensive. I have conceded that the GTX 680 is the superior card.
You on the other hand have downplayed the 7970 right from its launch despite the fact that it was the fastest card available by a significant amount for several months. You're repeatedly painting AMD in a bad light.
I don't know what you're looking for here. If it's a flame war it's not interested and I'm done.
I have the right to my opinion that a GTX 480 for $180 is a warm deal at best. Even the newer revisions run hot loud and power hungry. They dump a ton of heat in your case. If I had one I would go straight to water cooling.