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these cards don't run that hot, but my 480 is turning my room into a oven, literally. after couple of rounds in bfbc2 i feel sweaty NOT because of the intensive gunfights , but because of my room temperature raising above my regular comfort level. and this is during the winter, i can't imagine what its like using my pc during the summer without a/c.
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Will the stock air temps be OK running an EVGA GTX480 in my Thermaltake Xaser III case?
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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!
I know why you want one... Go with the 2 GB 5870 instead, you wont regret it.
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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).
I have a 480 lightning, 2 x 8 pin + 1 x 6 pin.

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Will the stock air temps be OK running an EVGA GTX480 in my Thermaltake Xaser III case?
Thanks,
I've never run mine in a case & definitely runs cool on a test bench, but as validuser pointed out the tfIII cooler will dump the heat into the case.
The reference coolers exhaust out the back to keep the case cooler, although not quite as good performance. My lightning runs the same clocks on air as the evga SCs do on water.
    
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For best price/performance GTX 480, buy this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500166 and call it the day.
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I have a 480 lightning, 2 x 8 pin + 1 x 6 pin.
Ah. That's what it is. I knew it was some combo of 3 connectors. When I was considering 480 Lightning SLIs, I knew I would have needed some insane # of connectors for them.
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This GTX480 will be for a new Sandy Bridge build. If I go with the stock Zotac AMP! Edition will it be a better card performance wise then the stock EVGA? I should also have enough room on my Sandy Bridge motherboard for a 3-slot GPU such as the Zotac (hopefully).

How is the overclocking software with Zotac cards compared to EVGA?

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This GTX480 will be for a new Sandy Bridge build. If I go with the stock Zotac AMP! Edition will it be a better card performance wise then the stock EVGA? I should also have enough room on my Sandy Bridge motherboard for a 3-slot GPU such as the Zotac (hopefully).

How is the overclocking software with Zotac cards compared to EVGA?

Thanks,
Check out the 480 AMP! reviews...

1. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Z...0_Amp_Edition/

2. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...0-amp-review/1

3. http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=24925

4. http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr...s-card-review/

You can GOOGLE site reviews for the EVGA GTX 480 and make your comparision
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Only a watercooled GTX 480 is "best".
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Only a watercooled GTX 480 is "best".
Wrong! Phase change, ln2 or DICE, is be(a)st.
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