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Hi I am wanting some feedback about the GTX470, specially from any users out there. redface.gif I am a "quite" loving guy,I dont want silence(cant go water) but I want quite. my PC sits at the bottom corner of my desk, just about 2 feet away. I loved my GTX460 setup but the top card being a EE got a bit too loud for my liking. I was going to keep that setup for another 2 years but now the bottom card has died I am thinking of upgrading, maybe getting a GTX470 SLi setup.

I have heard a lot of bad things about these cards and how HOT and LOUD they get. I hear around 95C in SLi? My Case has Decent Ventilation and I will be running them next to a GTX260(Physx). My Concern is they will overheat and sound like hair dryers. frown.gif

Need some honest replies, if I should pull the trigger on buying the cards.
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I'm currently using my backup GTX 470 while I save up for a new card and boy does it run hot. I'm not sure how sensitive you are to fan noise but as long as you stay under 70% it isn't too bad. Past 70% it sounds like a jet engine is in the room.

In my old rig I had two GTX 470's in SLI for a while and temps on the top GPU could get as high as 95c to 100c! You never want your card that hot. It was mainly my fault though since I would run the fans anywhere from 55% to 65%. I would recommend getting yourself something like the Accelero Extreme since I believe you can SLI with them. Plus they run so quiet biggrin.gif Good luck mate!
    
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Originally Posted by TheBirdman74;15566576 
I have heard a lot of bad things about these cards and how HOT and LOUD they get. I hear around 95C in SLi? My Case has Decent Ventilation and I will be running them next to a GTX260(Physx). My Concern is they will overheat and sound like hair dryers. frown.gif

Need some honest replies, if I should pull the trigger on buying the cards.

95? On a good day. I hit over 100.
Good thing they can take it.
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I'm currently using my backup GTX 470 while I save up for a new card and boy does it run hot. I'm not sure how sensitive you are to fan noise but as long as you stay under 70% it isn't too bad. Past 70% it sounds like a jet engine is in the room.

In my old rig I had two GTX 470's in SLI for a while and temps on the top GPU could get as high as 95c to 100c! You never want your card that hot. It was mainly my fault though since I would run the fans anywhere from 55% to 65%. I would recommend getting yourself something like the Accelero Extreme since I believe you can SLI with them. Plus they run so quiet biggrin.gif Good luck mate!

GAWD!! thats hot! Yes, Exactly what I was concerned about. So Much Heat and So Much Noise, whats keeping it from crashing frown.gif totally ruins the gameplay mood. I cant go aftermarket cooling and if I did then the 3 slot coolers would block my other cards. What card are you saving up to upgrade to btw? Not too noise sensitive but I rather not have a jet engine sound coming off my PC if you know what I mean. What card would you recommend me getting? Thanks for the honest words bud, + reps thumb.gif


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Originally Posted by MountainDewMadOScar;15566642 
95? On a good day. I hit over 100.
Good thing they can take it.

What the hell if wrong with GPU's these days? mad.gif Why cant they keep it cool and quite. You know under 70's at load and barely noticeable fan. I dont mind pouring the money to buy high end parts but I dont want them to sound like jet engines either.
Edited by TheBirdman74 - 11/4/11 at 1:21am
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It's the reference cooler. Go non reference and you'll be fine. My card runs very cool.

I was running an sli setup for a little while, and this card still never broke 75 as the top card. Sold the other one because the second pcie slot died, and I needed the money.
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I might end up buying a GTX 580 and slap on an accelero extreme plus II myself, keeps the card as a dual slot and the fan is incredibly quiet even at load. Depending at what you're looking to spend I'd look more into the 500 series with either a Asus DCII cooler or the MSI Twin Frozr II/III. For the most part they're dual slot cards, I think only the 580 DCII is a triple slot. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner I'd wait and see if you can pick something up in either of those sales.
    
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If you can't afford water for 470's I highly recommend getting aftermarket coolers and using them because honestly, those things will get HOT, and I mean HOT..

So if you want silence, either deal with the heat or invest some cash in some aftermarket coolers or some water blocks!

Edit - I would take out that PhysX card and just running the 2 470's..
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It's the reference cooler. Go non reference and you'll be fine. My card runs very cool.

I was running an sli setup for a little while, and this card still never broke 75 as the top card. Sold the other one because the second pcie slot died, and I needed the money.
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I ws hitting 100 with Gigabyte SOCs.
Aftermarket cooler.
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I ws hitting 100 with Gigabyte SOCs.
Aftermarket cooler.

Odd. My cards were sandwiched, and I never had heat issues. I have good airflow, though. Using a spotcool fan above the cards pointing to the side fan makes a difference. It removes the heat that the top card is dumping into the case.

The TF2 is also super quiet. I keep mine around 75% when playing the really intense games like Metro. Can't even hear it, and the card never goes above 65.
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Yes, they run relatively warm and loud. 95-100*C, those guys are nuts and should have fixed their fan profiles or reseated the TIM. 85-90*C would be "normal".

If you want 470's, go for it honestly. They're not all THAT bad. If they're too loud for you, grab some aftermarket air coolers for them. Then you'll bring the temps down a TON, and have that nice quiet rig that you want without going water.
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