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Games/Frames: I picked up a second 480 and I was able to get great frames maxing out Crysis 2 (DX11 Ultra). Not a hitch in the frames at any point in the game. I tend to use VSync + Triple Buffering, if it matters to you.

Price/Brand: I got a refurb from Newegg when it popped up. You don't have to get the same brand (just make sure the memory is the same - 1.5gb in most cases). It does look nice when they're the same card, though.

Wisdom: I think it's the best move in the GPU dept. It wouldn't be worth it to get a different card (not much difference between 480 and anything else out there) compared to getting another 480.

Microstuttering/Problems: I have not noticed any microstuttering at all since going SLI. It was incredibly easy. I expected problems, and had zero. Just go SLI!

Heat: Having two 480s will dump significantly more heat into the room. This shouldn't affect your decision about whether to do it, unless you don't have A/C or access to a box fan. I live in the Texas heat, and I just make sure to have good airflow in the room to get rid of the heat.
Edited by CattleCorn - 7/19/11 at 4:53am
 
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post #12 of 23
sli 480 OC and you will have an insanely powerful setup.
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post #13 of 23
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u can mix and match brands,im not sure if the amp version has a custom pcv or not but i think if it does u have to get the same one (i heard this from someone)
Nope as long as it is the same chip on the card.

If they have differing amounts of VRAM i'm pretty sure it uses the card with the lowest amount of VRAM.
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post #14 of 23
you definitely wont regret sli 480s if you don't mind the heat and have the psu to do it.
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Should be real good if you SLI

If you from europe, I have one for sale as well
    
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Get another GTX 480. you will be better with it than a 590.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 7/19/11 at 11:42am
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480 SLI will max any game right now @ your resolution.....get it
    
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post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everybody!

I ordered another ZOTAC GTX 480 (AMP Edition). Hey, you can't take your money with you, right?
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For me, I would just aim for a GTX 590 or a 6970 CF. A GTX 480 Sli Build is like having a nagging girlfriend next to you when you are gaming, the only difference is you cannot shut it up.
    
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post #20 of 23
480 SLI is a nice setup, and will improve performance pretty significantly.

The only downside, as has been expressed above ... at stock they're not too bad, but if you OV/OC your cards much, they WILL be hot and loud as all get-out. If your room is small, two of these cards WILL raise the temperature of your room ... that's how much heat they pour off.

Fortunately the 'tone' of the fans on 480's is less obnoxious than a lot of other fans out there, but there's no question you're gonna hear 'em.

Another upside is that you don't NEED to OV/OC them at all if you have two in SLI at 1920 res. Seriously ... you really don't. By that I mean: you won't increase your 'max playable settings' on any game by doing so ... so why bother?

I know it's OCN and everything, but with 480's in SLI I recommend running them at stock clocks, and seeing if you can get away with under-volting one or both or them. Unless you absolutely do not care how loud it gets.

Also ... v-sync is your best friend when you run SLI 480's
Edited by brettjv - 7/19/11 at 11:30am
    
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