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Old 06-04-10, 10:00 PM   #13
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Default Re: GTX 480- price aside, which brand would you choose?

Another vote for EVGA.
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Old 06-04-10, 10:43 PM   #14
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I'm getting an EVGA GTX 480 in a few days....
Dude, you already have a 470, and now you're getting a 480!?
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Old 06-04-10, 10:51 PM   #15
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Old 06-09-10, 06:13 AM   #16
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OK guys, I've got it
It's not Gainward nor Asus... A fresh new batch arrived from Leadtek, so I bought a Winfast GTX 480 also because upon researching with the dealer, the cards had the latest BIOS - 70.00.21.00.02.

So tonight when I get home I'll put in my system and "fire it up"

Hopefully my case fans will be enough - 6 x 120 mm & 1 x 140 mm (CM690 case). I'll be back with first thoughts.
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Old 06-09-10, 06:17 AM   #17
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I'd say go for the one with the best warranty cause almost all GTX480 are the same minus the sticker.
Not quite true, there is the Zotac Amp and the water cooled editions.
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Old 06-09-10, 07:12 AM   #18
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Yep, if you've got room for it, try the Zotac AMP.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Z...dition/32.html

Loads @ 75C @ 800 on the core. Someone with good air flow would likely see better.
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Old 06-10-10, 03:41 AM   #19
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OK, I installed in my rig last night. All I can say is WOW

Contrary to what it said on the card sticker, the BIOS version is 70.00.1A.00.02... but the card rocks!

I can't understand the bad press these cards have received. Mine is no louder than my older GTX 280, and the idle temps are actually better: 45 to 47 for the 480 vs. 50-52 for the GTX 280.

I tested it in furmark / msi kombustor: temps went to 92-94 C, then dropped to 90-91 with fan on Auto (80%).

In games, temps range from mid 70s to mid 80s, again with fan on Auto (fan didn't rise over 65%).

I tested the card with no A/C, so the room temp was around 26 to 28 degrees Celsius.
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Old 06-10-10, 11:49 AM   #20
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OK, I installed in my rig last night. All I can say is WOW

Contrary to what it said on the card sticker, the BIOS version is 70.00.1A.00.02... but the card rocks!

I can't understand the bad press these cards have received. Mine is no louder than my older GTX 280, and the idle temps are actually better: 45 to 47 for the 480 vs. 50-52 for the GTX 280.

I tested it in furmark / msi kombustor: temps went to 92-94 C, then dropped to 90-91 with fan on Auto (80%).

In games, temps range from mid 70s to mid 80s, again with fan on Auto (fan didn't rise over 65%).

I tested the card with no A/C, so the room temp was around 26 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Yeah same here I used to have 3 GTX 280's in TRI-SLI, I love my GTX 470's. Overclock great too, This mobo has 2- 4 pin molex power for this Also.:
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Old 06-10-10, 12:41 PM   #21
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OK, I installed in my rig last night. All I can say is WOW

Contrary to what it said on the card sticker, the BIOS version is 70.00.1A.00.02... but the card rocks!

I can't understand the bad press these cards have received. Mine is no louder than my older GTX 280, and the idle temps are actually better: 45 to 47 for the 480 vs. 50-52 for the GTX 280.

I tested it in furmark / msi kombustor: temps went to 92-94 C, then dropped to 90-91 with fan on Auto (80%).

In games, temps range from mid 70s to mid 80s, again with fan on Auto (fan didn't rise over 65%).

I tested the card with no A/C, so the room temp was around 26 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Grab Afterburner, make a custom fan profile and you'll see even better temps with lower fan speeds.
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Old 06-10-10, 01:04 PM   #22
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Default Re: GTX 480- price aside, which brand would you choose?

i still keep mine on Auto, because it runs cool and silent

but i might try custom profile, Bah! what did you set yours to?
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Old 06-10-10, 01:23 PM   #23
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For me, an EVGA GTX 480 is imminent...
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Old 06-10-10, 01:37 PM   #24
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Yeah they left the US market a few years back.

Too bad, they made some pretty awesome tweaked cards.

My brother had 3 Gainward Golden Sample cards over the years. A Geforce 2 Ti, a Geforce 4 Ti 4400 (which I still have) and a 6800GT.
I thought the last Gainward card I was able to get was a 5900. I think you could get the 6xxx series if you could import but they were extremely rare
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