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It all started back when my rig started freezing, which was caused by one of my gtx 460s. After taking it out and sending it off the rig started failing to turn on a few days later, making strange squealing noises coming from the psu, so I replaced the psu and the system powered on straight away with no issues, then the ram died................................

which I sent off and had replaced http://www.overclock.net/t/1205483/delighted smile.gif

It could have been the ram all along but hey, a psu should not be making squealing noises, and it may have been the cause of the gpu and ram dying

Anyway .....

I was sent another gpu, which looked like crap, I was raging............it even turned out to be faulty so I had to send it back again. This was last month and today I decided to ring up and it turns out they have no idea where it is or whats going on.

So Im being sent a brand new evga gtx 480 instead biggrin.gif (ive had some good luck with rma`s recently)

I always wanted one of these cards, but the 2 460s offered more bang for buck - but that came with a load of headache and noise.

Im aware that the 480 is loud, hot and hungry but it does have 1.5gb of vram and no sli issues so im over the moon. Are there any issues I need to look out for and is there any general advice anyone could give me regarding its cooling and overclocking etc.........?

Cheers for taking the time to read my post here and any comments wlil be greatly appriciated
    
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Could sell both cards (460 and 480) and go for a 570 or a 580 once prices come down a little... This is me assuming you had two GTX 460s as alluded to in the text. I'd look to the 5xx or 6xx if only to get rid of heat from either SLi or that beastly 480.
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Thanks for the reply , yea that's definitely one option im considering...........shud end up with about £250-£280 if I sell them both, then I could add £50 and get a gtx580...................but is it really worth it?

My case is well ventilated and stuff, im just mostly wondering about the card...........i dont think its ment to get that hot in real word scenarios ........or loud - or does it??

Im thinking about getting one of the big zalman coolers for it

Edit: Can a big Asus DCUII cooler be slapped on?
Edited by Juliancahillane - 3/26/12 at 4:42am
    
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xiVMs_18w

defo getting a zalman cooler for it and better case fans smile.gif

sweet to the beat

Whats the max safe voltages?
    
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I also upgraded from a GTX 460 1 GB to a GTX 480. Best deal I ever made!

I also bought an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus. At full load in games the card doesn't go above the low 60's. And the fans never go above the idle speed of 44%. Best cooler I've ever had. It's silent, you won't hear it over your other fans.
 
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Voltage would depend on your cooling i suppose, heat would be the first limit.
I have mine under water and it runs at 900 core on 1.150v

As for selling and getting a 580... i wouldnt bother really a 480 is still good for most games, if anything sell and get a 680.
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Sell the spare 460 and buy an SSD, that's the only thing missing from your rig. That'll give you a real speed increase. smile.gif
    
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Could sell both cards (460 and 480) and go for a 570 or a 580 once prices come down a little... This is me assuming you had two GTX 460s as alluded to in the text. I'd look to the 5xx or 6xx if only to get rid of heat from either SLi or that beastly 480.

A GTX 570 ? That is a downgrade. It has a narrower memory bus and less VRAM. And the first reference models had fewer VRMs than the GTX 480. I don't know about now, my guess is that probably only the vendor improved models have more VRMs.

The GTX 580 is a possibility, but at this point in time I'd just enjoy the GTX 480 and eventually sell the GTX 460 and the GTX 480 when the GTX 670 ti comes out.
 
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Sell both and get a 680...
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Sell the spare 460 and buy an SSD, that's the only thing missing from your rig. That'll give you a real speed increase. smile.gif
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I also upgraded from a GTX 460 1 GB to a GTX 480. Best deal I ever made!
I also bought an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus. At full load in games the card doesn't go above the low 60's. And the fans never go above the idle speed of 44%. Best cooler I've ever had. It's silent, you won't hear it over your other fans.

Hmmmmm yes definitely might get an SSD and im just reading this review now http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/accelero-xtreme-plus-v6000-vf3000,2784.html

The accelero seems to be the one but you cant take it off apparently?

Is 1.15v safe as long as temps are ok, vrm sinks etc...............900mhz would be rather tasty
    
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