Get an AXP (version 2 just released) to cool it. Mine doesn't go above low 60's (stock clocks) while playing demanding games with 99% GPU utilization.
Originally Posted by xPrestonn
I would get a newer card just because of how bad on energy efficiency the 480 is.. but that's just me.
If you were to get a 560 hawk you could overclock it to 570 performance which is basically a 480. plus the hawk/tfII cool wonderfully.
The 480 is not that inefficient. When you consider that the GTX 570 has a narrower memory bus and less memory, it's not only due to improvements on the core (it has a 32 Mhz higher clockspeed) that it uses less energy.
The GTX580 uses even more power, but now nobody is complaining because it has a better stock cooler, and the AXP has been on sale for quite a while now. If the AXP had been available at launch, most people woulnd't say what they said. But that is just how it goes. Now cards come from vendors with much better coolers than they used to, like the DirectCU, TwinFrozr, Windforce, because cards are using more power than they used to. Even the top of the line ATI cards.
As to the GTX560, if you overclock a GTX560 to the levels of a GTX570, it will use more power
than a GTX570. Every review says that!
Having said that, I'm back to my initial suggestion, OP, get an AXP.
Originally Posted by Booty Warrior
If the heat is that big of an issue, grab a 560 Ti Hawk, OC it 50MHz on the core, and you'll be getting roughly equivalent performance to a stock 480 (up to 1200p at least).
The 1GHz 560 Ti actually beats the 480 in the majority of their game benches.
Same thing as above. An overclocked GTX560 uses a lot of power and puts out too much heat. Better to get an AXP for his GTX480.
There are games at 1080p that use more than 1GB of memory, in those the GTX560ti will not win, and it's not prepared for future games either. Adding to that, a 1GHZ 560ti is on it's limits. With a GTX480 and an AXP he still has room to overclock, which he can do in the winter, if he wants.Edited by tpi2007 - 6/19/11 at 5:45pm