Originally Posted by FtW 420
No, that isn't the gtx480 in a nutshell. Depends on the environment a lot.
I have 2 x 480s folding at 800 core, 1 is 1.1V, other is 1.075V with stock coolers. In a 27Â° ambient with the gpus fully loaded I have never seen either hit 77Â° yet running for months.
But I don't use cases.
I don't do any folding, but my 480's are running 24/7 at 800/2000, no overheating issues, in any gaming or benching I do. But that's with a Zalman VF3000F on each card.
Before I got the second Zotac AMP 480, I just ran the stock cooler's fan at 80-100% with Afterburner on the EVGA 480, if the ambient temperature was high. It sometimes hit the high 70's during gaming sessions, only a stressful benchmark like Furmark would push it further.
There are lots of tricks one can do before getting into an aftermarket cooler, such as running the fan faster, and re-doing the tim on the heatsink with a quality paste.