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I'm going to go against the crowd here and say that *if* you're actually playing a HW phsyX game, I'd leave in the 9600GT and specifically dedicate that card to physX. Particularly if you're playing Mafia 2, which benefits in a special way w/a dedicated physX card.

The way I see it, the claims of physX cards causing bottlenecking are a bit overblown. Maybe if you're rocking an 8600GT for physX with 480's in SLI ... but personally I think the 9600GT is a pretty able physX card + you've already got it, so I think you should rock it ... at least on physX games. Otherwise, take it out, save the power and heat.

I don't like how my rig runs with physX running on one of my cards when they're in SLI, and always just break the SLI set and use one card for physX, one for rendering. There's no hw-physX game out there I can't max @1920x1200 on one OC'd 470 anyways, and I just prefer the 'feel' of games that way.

And lastly, it seems to me that having another card doing physX, as long as you're not WAY out of balance as described above, should facilitate a net increase in the total amount of GPU power you have at your disposal.

And according to numerous tests I've done, the perf impact of running physX on a SLI set is effectively doubled, as physX actually only runs on one card. Net effect being that the 'hit' from physX on one card ends up 'mirrored' on the second card, as it slows down to match the rendering power of the other card ... that's also doing physX.

If you don't believe me, I invite you to look at SLI scaling numbers on games that support HW physX, wherein it's being deployed on a card in an SLI set. I assure you that you'll find such games have by a by far worse scaling % than every other game they review. It's because both cards take the same hit that the one doing physX does.
    
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You don't think it'd be a bit much to have my CPU and two GPU's on one XSPC rasa 360?
I think using that setup with OCs requires atleast an RX480 or something like 2 x RS360s.

A single RS360 or even RX360 will not be enough to cool your whole rig.
However, a single RX360 will cool your CPU and 1x GPU just fine.

Though, why would you only WC half of your setup? Go big or go home!
    
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post #43 of 49
Keep the 480's. Since you are water cooling them, you got the heat problem down. They are still very powerful for sure. You will need more than a single RS360 though.
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How are you stepping up from an 8800GTS??? O_O''
Lol i'm stepping up from a 560.

I borrowed the 8800gts from a friend.
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post #45 of 49
OK . well i had 2 480 sli. sold one . evga trade up to 580.
480 = 14k ppd folding 850mhz core.
580 =18k ppd folding 900mhz core.
Also 580 draws less power, IM playing on 120hz monitor 1920-1080.
bc2 90-120 fps. Lowest fps is apc shooting ~67 fps

Best thing, water cool the gps.

also Drop the extar gpu No point need 260 min to run with 480s in sli so your hurting your self their. Or fold on it
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Maybe if they don't release the samaritan demo for me to bench. ^_^ That beast needs 3 580's in sli just to run smooth.
Go 1 360 RAD up top, buy this http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=829

and put a swiftech MCR420 on the back.

http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-MCR...r-pr-4543.html
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I like my EK block, it's excellent, never seen higher than 50C on the gpu. As for the radiators, i'd get at least one RX360. Thats what i have, a RX360 sandwhiched between 6 gentle typhoon 1850s.

Edited by esp42089 - 5/5/11 at 12:11am
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Yes, The EK blocks are great, while folding on Both GPU's and CPU my 480's never go higher than 46-47°C.
I have a SR1-360 and a 120 rad and temps are good with my setup.
480's still stock though, might OC soon.
And like everyone said, keep the 480's, they will last a long time, and while WC'ed all their disadvantages are gone (except for the power draw ofcource )
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if your having heat problems?
electric bill too high?
then yes, but if not keep the 480 because if you do you'll only be downgrading

560 is like a 465..
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