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Palit GTX 460 Sonic 1024MB

Poll Results: Should I keep the cards?

 
  • 66% (4)
    Yes, keep the cards and mod them
  • 33% (2)
    No, sell the cards and use the money to buy a different card
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 10
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I purchased two of these at MC yesterday for $59.99 ea. after MIR. Both rebates have shipped out, so now I need to decide to either keep them and run em in SLI or to sell them.

I know there's no heatsinks on the VRM's but those can be bought relatively cheap. Is it worth it to buy the heatsinks and to maybe mod the cards with an extra fan?

If I sell the cards I will be using only the money yielded (~$150?) to put towards a new card.
post #2 of 10
sli those baby and keep it, you would make the most money by putting it in a decent amd rig and selling of ebay(if u have spare cash)

bad things about the cards they make alot of noise

and the mir will probally get back to u in like 8 weeks it takes a while
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post #3 of 10
Yes keep them. They are as good as a 580. Why wouldn't you?
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I have the gainward GS , parent company of palit, or is it the other way round, anyways they're pretty decent once you get some cooling on them. Ignore the waterblock if you can but check out what I did with my cards:

First one: http://www.overclock.net/12375560-post2.html

Second card: http://www.overclock.net/nvidia-cool...od-apogee.html


Hope that give you some ideas

EDIT:

On the second card I used a few heatsinks, the greyish silver ones where a bit too tall and because of how heavy they were the tape couldn't hold it down, that's why I had to cut the blue ones to size and then fit it on. The silver heatsink was from a very very old motherbaord I had laying about. The blue ones where iirc akasa chipset coolers, the same I used for in the 1st card.

little teaser:




But unfortunatly I changed the little fans to a couple 80mm fans, kinda did the same thing as I did on the second card.
Edited by munaim1 - 10/4/11 at 7:52pm
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post #5 of 10
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Yes keep them. They are as good as a 580. Why wouldn't you?
Some of the comments in the deal thread about the quality of the cards made me a bit nervous.

munaim1 - awesome work!
post #6 of 10
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Some of the comments in the deal thread about the quality of the cards made me a bit nervous.

munaim1 - awesome work!
Thanks bud, I would say unless you try don't knock em. I managed to get 970core out of these babies, yeah they're under water and that's probably why but atleast they have the potential. No 580 can keep up with my 460's, well maybe under LN2 but that's it!!

Keep em and do some ghetto modding and it'll be fine, take your time and you'll see it's worth it.
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Wait, if these have no VRM heatsinks, that means upping the voltage is a big no-no, right?

If that's true... crap
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Wait, if these have no VRM heatsinks, that means upping the voltage is a big no-no, right?

If that's true... crap
Have a little read at this: http://www.guru3d.com/news/palit-gef...-have-issues-/

Small obstacle.
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post #9 of 10
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Looks like I'll be keeping the cards!

Any advice on what mods to add?
-Add heatsinks
-Add a small 80mm fan if necessary
-Replace TIM using AC MX-2?
post #10 of 10
I would go with a pair of these (little cheaper and free shipping but out of stock at newegg so maybe wait for them there) and just cut them to fit over all your VRMs as needed with a decent pair of snips (copper is a pretty soft metal). They will almost certainly be too tall but I would splay the fins/prongs out on them first before cutting them (that way you retain as much copper surface area as possible) but you may have to both cut and splay.

Just remove your cooler and fit those over all the VRMs while keeping as much of the copper as you can fit and that should do a very good job of keeping your VRMs cool. Of course the other option is to only do very mild overvolting but the 460s are such good overclockers that I would want to give them what they needed for me to feel comfortable maxing them out.
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