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I'm looking for the best GTX480 card in terms of the following specs:
-Price
-Temps
-Performance

I am also curious to know what the best GTX480 card is in terms of sheer performance, regardless of price and temps.

I will be running stock air cooling on a single GTX480, but nothing else.

Thanks!
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just get a reference evga and stick an Accelero Xtreme Plus on it
    
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post #3 of 63
If you're not going watercooling, 570s are a better card. However, the MSI Lightning 480 is the best performing, the Zotac AMP! 480 is the coolest. The best 480 is a reference under water, so I'm not going to cast a vote for best on air.
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Originally Posted by Vlasov_581 View Post
just get a reference evga and stick an Accelero Xtreme Plus on it
or get a galaxy gtx 480 ssc or something which is basically a gtx 480 with accelero pre installed. however i don't recommend this unless you have a really good airflow.
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post #5 of 63
Probably the ZOTAC AMP! edition, with the aftermarket cooler. Either that or the Twin Frozr II from MSI. But the Zotac AMP one seems to have higher clocks.
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Personally I'd go EVGA GTX 480. That's just me.
     
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I'll agree that if you don't plan on putting it under water, getting a reference card and adding an AXP is a great plan. Doing so with my EVGA card lowered the noise and temps GREATLY. And yes, you will need a case with good airflow as the heat is now dumped inside the case rather than exhausted out.

Only concern with the Lightning 480 is that it requires two 6 and one 4 power connector (I believe its 2 sixes and one four or some combo but its THREE total).
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They aren't as hot as people make them out to be. They came out at a time when most cards were running very cool (eg the Radeon 5000 series) but it seems both AMD and Nvidia have been releasing much hotter cards recently.
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Even if the 480 do run hot, there are a lot of 480 owners and they aren't having any cards burn out, fry, or vrm issues. They've been out for quite a while and if there were issues it would have already surfaced. So it's a moot point. They can handle the heat and with current pricing on them it's a great deal price per performance. Here is a list of GTX 480's nicely priced under $300.

Only thing TickleMeElmo is the 500 series are an improvement, they don't run hotter. The GTX 580 is what they 480 should have been. It's got all 512 cuda cores unlocked and slightly redesigned. It's better effieciency for greater performance with less power consumption in turn less heat dissipation. That's across the entire 500 series line up. It's FERMI matured.

The one problem is the VRM / BIOS issue with the 570 single GPU and the 590 dual GPU cards. They don't like or do well with any over voltage past stock. No issues at all with the rest of the series and the others are very over clockable.
     
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This beast is the best performer

http://www.provantage.com/msi-n480gt...g~7MST913L.htm

EDIT: msi's site http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=pro...6&prod_no=2049
Edited by GIPrice - 5/23/11 at 12:15am
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