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any extra money they put into the heatsink is just extra cost they transfer to the buyer. that money would be wasted for me since i immediately stick them under water.

i think the reference coolers actually do a decent job considering the limited space they have to work with. that small space means small fans/short heatpipes and limited heatsink fins. they have actually crammed alot into the small space and managed to keep the temps at a bearable (for the chip) level
    
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Those heat pipes can get so hot any more then a couple seconds of touching them would leave a blister.
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Those heat pipes can get so hot any more then a couple seconds of touching them would leave a blister.
I remember burning my finger trying to touch the backplate on my OEM GTX 280 back in the day tongue.gif

OP could you possibly take more thermal images but closer up? your pictures seem way to cool for sli 480s!
    
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I remember burning my finger trying to touch the backplate on my OEM GTX 280 back in the day tongue.gif
OP could you possibly take more thermal images but closer up? your pictures seem way to cool for sli 480s!

the fermi is from hell lol
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Curious to see what mine would look like... cool pics. Thanks for sharing thumb.gif
 
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I decided to take some pictures of my rig w/ a thermal imaging camera. I'll upload them here for anyone that's interested.


The camera is set to a low temperature threshold of 20C, and a high temperature threshold of 80C. My CPU is at sig clocks (2500k 4.4ghz @ 2.2V),


Say wut.
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i wonder how mine would look. my gtx 480's unlike yours doesn't have much space between them
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Say wut.

yeeeah, my bad... fixed lol
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OP could you possibly take more thermal images but closer up? your pictures seem way to cool for sli 480s!

Remember, that's just the plastic shroud that's around the heatsink, so that's actually pretty darn hot plastic. I'll try to upload more shots when I get back to work on Monday.
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And this is why reference heatsinks suck. Neither one of my non-reference GTX 470's (in SLI) have gone above 70C in any load environment (minus Furmark). Single GTX 470 was loading at 65C max most of the time, hit 72C under furmark by itself with 0 fan ramp up. If only NVIDIA would spend a few extra bucks per GPU to have a better heatsink design, or just add a second fan to the reference like a lot of non-reference cards (MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte).

Fur is brutal; my 480's "only" hit up to 85C while gaming, and that's with a modest OC. I think for such a power hog (which converts directly into heat), these coolers do well enough for reference -- especially with the added bonus of dumping heat out of the case instead of into it.
Edited by FlighterPilot - 2/25/12 at 12:26am
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