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The ZALMAN VF3000F is the exact same cooler that is being used on the Zotac GTX480 AMP! edition?

Hmmm.. so how did this YouTube poster find his way to 875/1750/2150? Most likely just by overclocking in MSI Afterburner?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEVl5NEmM5s

In the description it says "GTX 480 is overclocked 875/1750/2150 thanks to the great aftermarket fans" but I don't know if he means the ZALMAN cooler or another cooler that he swapped onto it? Probably the ZALMAN, eh?
zotac uses the zalman cooler on their cards you can maybe get it up to 900 core or so if you have good airflow all youd have to do is flash the bios with an edited one with higher voltage if you need it and he probly does mean the cooler
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That's a GREAT GTX480 but it is more expensive than a STOCK cooled GTX480..

I have a STOCK version of Zotac GTX480 and it works beautifully for me..

I have it OC'd @ 850/1025 and with my custom fan profile in Afterburner it barely touches 85C at full load in games/3DMark 11/Heaven bench..




CHEERS..
Did you open your card up to replace the thermalpaste, etc. in order to achieve 850/1025 speeds on the stock Zotac GTX480?

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Like they said that was on STOCK voltage which is pretty good..

With a voltage tuning in Afterburner that card should do 850MHz+ easily..

CHEERS..
Oh OK cool - so it sounds like MSI afterburner can adjust the voltage on the card and I won't need to flash the BIOS on it after all? (To achieve 850+)
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And one last question:
What are the highest temps that I can run the Zotac GTX480 safely at?

Thanks
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Did you open your card up to replace the thermalpaste, etc. in order to achieve 850/1025 speeds on the stock Zotac GTX480?

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No it's with factory thermal paste..

Just set up a Custom Fan Profile in Afterburner and that's it..

I set my GPU's voltage to 1075mV (STOCK is 1025mv)..

Use Crysis bench loop,3DMark 11 and Heaven bench loop for stability testing and if you're stable there then you're ROCK SOLID..

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And one last question:
What are the highest temps that I can run the Zotac GTX480 safely at?

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I prefer to keep it under 95C for everyday usage..

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A good gtx480 should never go above 90c. Hell my SLi setup never goes above 85c when playing any game.

Ambient temps obviously are very important...
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814500166
I would love to be able to pick up the GTX 480 AMP! Edition for $150 - $200.
Should I expect that much of a price drop ($130) in 2011?
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Prob not, Even the 8800gtx is still around $100 bucks. Regardless if you knew how much power a $250 GPU gets you then you wont feel bad for getting a gtx480. Honestly I was happy with just one but I like playing games that the fps never goes below 60fps.
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And one last question:
What are the highest temps that I can run the Zotac GTX480 safely at?

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Max temp ~105C but average highest temp is in the mid to high ~80s (depending on the proper case airflow & ambient temps).
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A good gtx480 should never go above 90c. Hell my SLi setup never goes above 85c when playing any game.

Ambient temps obviously are very important...
This, the ambient temps may have made the difference to the 875 core clock in the video. Just have to take the rig outdoors for benching on air on a cold night & it will get better clocks than being in a comfortable temperature indoors.
With the rigs on test benches & in the living room where it doesn't heat up the room as much my 480s don't see 80° loaded. At least not yet, summer is coming, 2 months ago I could say they never saw 70°...
    
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