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post #1 of 25
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Q: Are there any cards out there that run cooler and quieter than the vanilla EVGA GTX 470 (and perform better or just as well)? This includes Nvidia as well as ATI cards.

My current sig rig is used for everyday tasks + playing games like SC2 and soon BF3 at 1080p resolution. My 470 can play SC2 maxed out at 1080p, but the heat and noise it generates is insane! (80-90C while fans at are 80%, ambient temp 78F/25.5C)

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P.S.: I searched the forums about users wanting to have a step-up from their 470's, but the threads were located within the Nvidia subforum. I would prefer more options, rather than limiting myself to one vendor.
post #2 of 25
Well, you can watercool your cards =$$$

and you might try adding a couple of fans to help pull the heat out of the case.

Nvidia
Edited by Bodycount - 10/22/11 at 4:28pm
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I believe the gtx 560Ti has equivalent performance but it runs much cooler and quieter. ATI hd 6850s perform well and are quiet.
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I've had a reference eVGA 570 and now an Asus DirectCU II 570 and can say the Asus is soo quiet. I thought the eVGA 570 wasn't too bad for noise, but the Asus is just so much quieter

I think the DirectCU II 6970, GTX 570/580 is your best bet for an upgrade for your 470.
    
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Well, you can watercool your cards.

and you might try adding a couple of fans to help pull the heat out of the case.
Well, I currently have one intake fan, and one outtake fan at the top above my CPU. These temps are only a few degrees hotter than when the card was in my CM Storm Scout, which had much more room for airflow and an additional fan.

I'm using an mATX case and I don't know how much space I would have for a watercooler's radiator
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Yes there are. What is your budget?
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To be honest, a "proper" upgrade for you would be a GTX 580. The 570 is just one step up and not worth it from a 470, but if that $200 6970 deal on Amazon is still on, you can go for that, which is a great price. Otherwise, try getting a cheap aftermarket cooler for your card. Zalman VF3000, Gelid Icy Vision or Accelero Xtreme Plus are all good.
    
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Considering that I own two of these GTX470 suckers, I know all about the noise and the heat. However, I also found out that if you give them a bunch of air to feed off of, particularly if you have a side intake, you can limit the GPU temperatures to 75C or so given a 15C ambient temp. The 470s love cool air and their temps are affected greatly by it.

At this point, there isn't a better deal IMO than SLi 470s if you have the PSU to handle it. Otherwise, you're going to be paying a lot of money for insubstantial gains.

I looked into the GTX570 which is really the only step up even worth considering but it's a 25% performance increase for $150 more or so than you'll pay for another GTX470, which will get you almost 100% more performance in well optimized games.
Edited by RallyMaster - 10/22/11 at 4:36pm
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post #9 of 25
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Yes there are. What is your budget?
Well it depends on how much I can sell my GTX 470 for. I'd be willing to spend up to $150 on top of whatever the 470 is worth.
post #10 of 25
you could also look into controlling your fan speed with something like MSI Afterburner if you havent already. It can actually make a big difference but it wont really help if your card is already getting too hot.
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