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So I'm at a crossroads. Rocking out my sig rig at the moment - but considering either going SLI 480s or ditching the 480 I have and getting a new card to SLI later.

Here is my dilemma and where I need OCN to chime in with their opinions - I run water cooling with an mcp35x pump and it sits in it's nice dual bay reservoir - plenty of power to handle the flow rate of 2 gpus and my cpu. HOWEVER, I don't think my xspc RS360 rad can handle the extra load. I already have higher than normal ambients (most of the year except in winter when it's actually tolerable, but I digress...) so adding another ridiculously hot 480 to the loop may be punishment.

So it comes down to this: Do I snag another 480 relatively cheap - and upgrade my radiator to sayyyyyy a Black Ice SR1, or do I ditch the 480 all together, get a 580 cheap on here and SLI...sometime later?

Anyone here running 480s under water have some temps to drop down (idle/load/ambient), the same for people rocking 480s on air(idle/load/ambient), and then anyone rocking 580s on water/air with idle/load/ambients. Only looking for people running SLI - for that's what will apply to me. Single card users need not apply!

Thanks all for any input you can provide to help me decide what route I should go here. Either suffer with a single 580 for now or boost my performance right away with another 480 - at the sacrifice of heat.

For reference my cpu and gpu temps are pretty good as it is: cpu -- 30/60c gpu -- 35/50c
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Since you've been rockin the gtx 480 for this long, have you considered keeping it until you can grab a card with 3gb vram? (kepler?) Then you could still run sli later.
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580 is not that much better then a 480. My 480 beats a stock MSI LIghtning GTX 580 with aftermarket air. With water cooling you can easily make your cards faster then stock 580s and right now a 480 is about half the price.

No brainer if I was in your shoes. SLI and then wait til whatever is after Kepler. The other thing to keep in mind is until next generation consoles come out your not going to need that big a jump in horsepower.
    
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Since you've been rockin the gtx 480 for this long, have you considered keeping it until you can grab a card with 3gb vram? (kepler?) Then you could still run sli later.

I have, but I'm not a very patient person haha. Plus I like to snag sloppy seconds cuz they're cheaper tongue.gif I dunno though. I could wait. It all really depends on how lazy I am. But mostly I don't like playing 500 dollars for a video card + still gotta buy a water block for said card.
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Cpu will probably be 70'C and gpu @ 55-58'C.

If you can live with that, then go for another GTX 480. They are very beastly in SLI.
    
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I suggest another cheap GTX480 and upgrade your radiator. My logic is plain and simple:-

 

IMHO, the only drawback for the GTX480 is its heat. When you watercool it, it shines. Of course, the watercooling must be of sufficient cooling power. So, increase the cooling power is the best route.

 

The key is to think long-term and not be short-sighted. When it comes to a choice between upgrading a card vs upgrading a radiator, remember that card comes and card goes while a good powerful cooling capacity from radiator(s) remains with you for a long long time.  So, for your situation, upgrading from a GTX480 to a GTX580 is not preferred over upgrading the cooling power.

 

Frankly, the current situation (ie cpu -- 30/60c gpu -- 35/50c ) is fairly pretty. Just add a second GTX480 and reaps the immediate noticeble benefit. If and when the temp does not look good, just upgrade the cooling. I would think adding another rad might be better than ditching the RS360 for a SR1 though.

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580 is not that much better then a 480. My 480 beats a stock MSI LIghtning GTX 580 with aftermarket air. With water cooling you can easily make your cards faster then stock 580s and right now a 480 is about half the price.
No brainer if I was in your shoes. SLI and then wait til whatever is after Kepler. The other thing to keep in mind is until next generation consoles come out your not going to need that big a jump in horsepower.
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Cpu will probably be 70'C and gpu @ 55-58'C.
If you can live with that, then go for another GTX 480. They are very beastly in SLI.

Thank you both for your valuable input. As it stands I know a regular gtx 580 wouldn't do much for me vs a 480 - however, the 3gb 580 LOOKED tempting...although I'm sort of leaning towards a 480 at this point...
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Cpu will probably be 70'C and gpu @ 55-58'C.
If you can live with that, then go for another GTX 480. They are very beastly in SLI.

Speaks the truth. Running mine at 850/1700/2100 when gaming and they effing shred!
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I suggest another cheap GTX480 and upgrade your radiator. My logic is plain and simple:-



 



IMHO, the only drawback for the GTX480 is its heat. When you watercool it, it shines. Of course, the watercooling must be of sufficient cooling power. So, increase the cooling power is the best route.



 



The key is to think long-term and not be short-sighted. When it comes to a choice between upgrading a card vs upgrading a radiator, remember that card comes and card goes while a good powerful cooling capacity from radiator(s) remains with you for a long long time.  So, for your situation, upgrading from a GTX480 to a GTX580 is not preferred over upgrading the cooling power.



 



Frankly, the current situation (ie cpu -- 30/60c gpu -- 35/50c ) is fairly pretty. Just add a second GTX480 and reaps the immediate noticeble benefit. If and when the temp does not look good, just upgrade the cooling. I would think adding another rad might be better than ditching the RS360 for a SR1 though.



You have very sound advice. This may be the route I go. However....a buddy of mine is giving me his 580 when the new nvidia cards come out. But how long till then, indeed
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There are 480s on the OCN marketplace for 250. With you watercooling I honestly don't think there is a better value on the market. I mean a 480 is about the same as a 570 with more RAM and they are going for what 350ish nowadays?

If your friend is giving you a 580 though I suppose it's something to think about.
    
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