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Stock speeds on air cooling will be fine.

However if you want to OC I would advise watercooling. Especially in SLI.

I average 80C on stock clocks with the air cooler.
Thats for a single GTX480? Yeah, I hear the cards run rather hot..
I wonder what SLI will put the temps at?

What are the highest temps that this card should go to?
    
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post #22 of 35
I would say that 90C is the highest you should go.

Yeah that's a single GTX480, stock clocks, stock cooling and stock fan speed.

You should have some OC'ing head room on air if you don't mind putting the fan speed up. Although it does get very loud, hence why I left it at stock.

In SLI I can imagine that the temps would rise by about 5C. However that's just speculation.
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post #23 of 35
I`m on a 460 @ 1440x900 and its abit overkill
would like to see your gpu temps and load at 1280x1024
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post #24 of 35
Wow 480s running that much hotter than 470s? At stock clocks I run about 65C bottom card and 70-75 top, at 800 core 70-75 bottom/80-85 top (bottom card is more indicitive of single non-sli temps). That's sandwiched together, though with a custom fan profile.

As others said it may be a bit overkill but some games will still push it, and it's futureproofing for when you get a new monitor. But I probably wouldn't SLI them on a Q8400, that'd probably be a noticable bottleneck.
    
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Yeah, I would definitely want to upgrade to a Sandy Bridge if I were to SLI the GTX480s. Maybe even look into good coolers if I were to overclock them. I am fine with air cooling, even if it's louder. As long as I find a good case that encloses them then noise shouldn't be a problem. Liquid just opens up a whole new can of worms that I'm not familiar enough with... Unless I go with something like the Corsair H50 where application is a breeze. But that's for the CPU. Is there anything like the H50 for GPUs?
    
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post #26 of 35
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My sig rig system would bottleneck a single GTX 480?
Of course it will. A GTX460 doesn't totally shine on a 775 platform let alone a GTX480, and that was comparing an oc'ed Q6600 vs a stock i5 2500K, so go figure.

In plenty games the difference will be HUGE.
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post #27 of 35
lol, that's definitely overkill, just like my 5850s on a 1280x1024.
   
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post #28 of 35
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It isn't overkill at all.

GTX480 is one of the best price : performance cards at the moment so take advantage of it.

Sure, you may not max the GPU out at that resolution with current games. However in the future when they become more demanding you will need to upgrade if you get a GTX460, however with a GTX480 you won't need to upgrade the GPU at all.

I say get it, then later down the line invest in a new monitor to take advantage of it.




That makes no sense.

1. Get a monitor with a resolution that would cripple his current card.

2. Get a GPU that will be fine for his current resolution and then still be fine when he upgrades the monitor to a bigger resolution.

I know which route I would take and it isn't the former.....
Agreed, grab the GTX480, then upgrade the Monitor in a future if you want.
    
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post #29 of 35
may I recommend the GTX 560 Ti instead of the GTX 480? it performs only a bit slower than the 480 but is significantly cooler and less noise. because of that, you can overclock it higher and surpass stock 480 performance easily.
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post #30 of 35
nothing its overkill

get a 480 and turn every single setting to the max; and if its not enough put 32x AA too

Silky smooth gameplay on anything no matter what.. and leaf about those tiny nerds saying " nuu too much get a lower end card uhhhhh.. "

i had a 1440*900 monitor with a 470 before i changed monitors.. best combo i had in a long time
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