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Hi,

I had to sell my latest GPU (still in sig.) for certain reasons. (Drivers) I'm not a fanboy, so lets chill out here. I've been seeing these great deals on GTX 480s on Newegg.com They only like $280-$310... Now many would advise, go for the GTX 570, but those are like $50 more on the spot. And I would prefer a 384-bit interface, over a 312-bit any day. Plus, every dollar counts for me!

Don't even THINK about mentioning a GTX 580 to me, it's waaay too much $$$ ($469-$529!)

Now I have already decided it's going to be a GTX 480, mainly due to the price-for-performance ratio. Now my question is, what Brand has the best Fan / Cooler, or whatever you wanna call it. I do not want to Watercool, so that option's out. I doubt I will attempt to even OC it, but we'll see. My case is an affinity, so it's the size of a HP Standard Desktop. I literally had to get a hammer and wrench, to rip out a side of the Hard Drive Cage, in order for my 6950 to fit... A tough and rigorous job, but I got it done.

First option was this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-526-_-Product

The reviews are saying that this one runs cooler than other stock coolers out there. So it's definitely a plus. What's holding me back? The occasional Negative reviews, claiming the card can't boot any games, before crashing, etc.

My Second option is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...373R-_-Product

I know this one, I may have to manually increase the Fan Speed, to keep it was cool as the MSI Frozr edition. Why do I mention it? It's $20 cheaper, but it IS an Open Box... Kinda concerned on that part.

My third option is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-166-_-Product

This one is the most expensive, ( by only $10, but Money is Money to me) However, reviews again are claiming it be a very good cooler, compared to stock. Then again, (maybe not this specific card), but I've heard some horror stories about Zotac, is why I ask. When I visit my local electronics store, a lot of the "Open Box" items are Zotac Brands.

Remember, I'm trying to keep my case cool, and the reason why I'm not touching the Standard Edition Models, since they seem to only have one fan.

Please see my attached photos for the type of cooling/ventilation my case has, and you'll see why I was a tad worried. (Or should I be?) (Current temporary GPU is a wimpy MSI 5450...)

I'm in NO rush. If I have to wait for a price drop, I WILL.




Edited by Coach Mcguirk - 5/27/11 at 6:08pm
    
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post #2 of 25
TBF, you should go for a reference card over non-ref because your case doesn't have enough ventilation to move the hot air out without increasing temps.

The non-ref cards usually exhaust inside the case AND outside the case, depending on the maker and model.
Ref cards exhaust outside the case.
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I'm with That Guy, the reference coolers are probably the best bet for keeping the case interior cooler.
I love the non-ref ones & they do run cooler out of a case, if i used cases I might not like them as much.
    
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Well then my search will have to narrow down to either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-156-_-Product

(The ASUS literally went out of stock, 10 minutes after I posted this thread. :-( )

or

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...051&CatId=3669

BY far the cheapest...but Galaxy? Isn't that like the "Kia" of Video Cards? (Kia is a car brand, for those who don't know)

or

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...195&CatId=3669

The most expensive, but it IS Superclocked, but not by much. And I've only heard GOOD things from EVGA...
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-593-_-Product

I know the price is little bit higher, but it's worth it imho. It performs similar to the 480, but has better dx11 support and consumes far less power. 480's are extreme power hogs and thus get hotter.
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GTX570>GTX480 any day for me. I like AMD a lot but I have to give credit to NVIDIA. They did a great job on the GTX460.
Edited by HybridCore - 5/27/11 at 6:59pm
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Originally Posted by Coach Mcguirk View Post
Well then my search will have to narrow down to either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-156-_-Product

(The ASUS literally went out of stock, 10 minutes after I posted this thread. :-( )

or

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...051&CatId=3669

BY far the cheapest...but Galaxy? Isn't that like the "Kia" of Video Cards? (Kia is a car brand, for those who don't know)

or

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...195&CatId=3669

The most expensive, but it IS Superclocked, but not by much. And I've only heard GOOD things from EVGA...
Get the Zotac, if I had to do it again I would get a 480 also. Yeah they do run warmer but they are faster than a 570 clock for clock thanks to the wider memory bus.
 
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They're just stock. It doesn't matter to me. Stock is stock. Nonreference is nonreference. Some are just more expensive due to brand name. If I were to get a 6970 ref though, I would get Asus since they have an alu case for the card.
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GTX570>GTX480 any day for me. I like AMD a lot but I have to give credit to AMD. They did a great job on the GTX460.
whaaaaaa????
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Oh sorry. NVIDIA. I think I'm high today. Lol. I need to put that in my sig.
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