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The only things you can't take off afterwards are the VRM and VRAM heatsinks, if you chose to use the glue they provide, other types of glue might let you take them off later if you wish. The cooler itself can be removed whenever you want and you can buy more VRM + VRAM + mount plate kits to fit other cards. They are sold separately, by the way, so remember to buy the right kit for the GTX 480.
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Its just the fact that the warranty may be void if I cant take the heat sinks off.................................and after what Ive been through recently its all about the warranty.................ill have to see what kind of glues there are.

Is there any need for getting a backplate? other than for protection? might get one anyway
    
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I have two GTX480s in SLI as well as two Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II coolers and I used both shin etsu on the GPUs and Arctic silver permanent adhesive on the VRMs and RAM modules. I got tired of the default adhesive cause it simply doesn't work and I had little heatsinks falling off my cards once they were in the system. I used the permanent adhesive because I don't plan to replace these cards for a another 3~4 years. Just one of these cards maxes out every game I have tried with excellent frames (BF3 gets 35~50FPS single card) with two of these cards the top end games won't become much of a challenge for quite awhile because the SLI scaling is just amazing. Another determining factor in my decision not to wait for the 600~700 series cards or even get a 580 is that not even the newer cards support DX12 yet, and by the time DX12 is even utilized like DX11 is in games and such today, they'll be pretty old and won't support DX12 anyways. I got my 480s because they still have the best price~performance ratio out there and they are beast cards.

Good luck with your 480 I guarantee you won't regret getting that card. thumb.gif

Edit:
I have heard that prolonged exposure to UV light will loosen the AS Permanent Adhesive but take that with a grain of salt as I haven't seen anyone that did it yet, however the formula for the product does suggest this weakness.
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Thanks for all the responses guys

Much appreciated as always smile.gif

Just need to look into weather the warranty would be void if the cooler is changed. Hope I get close to 900mhz out of it!
    
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Thanks for all the responses guys
Much appreciated as always smile.gif
Just need to look into weather the warranty would be void if the cooler is changed. Hope I get close to 900mhz out of it!

If you plan on using the Step up program offered by EVGA than yes, exchanging the cooler would void the warranty.
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Aaaah OK thanks man, dont think I can get the step up anyways
    
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Aaaah OK thanks man, dont think I can get the step up anyways

If the GTX480 you get is NIB and under their warranty(which I gather it is) then it "should" be eligible for the step up program.
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No question that the Acceleros are great coolers for the 480, mine are performing very well.
I had Zalman VF-3000F coolers previously, and they weren't quite as good, although they did have a nice one-piece heatplate for the ram and vrm's.

Another option you may wish to consider, is using a self-contained cpu water-cooler, such as the Antec 620.
It's a very popular mod now, and very effective.
It's all explained here in "the club":

www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod
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^^^ yes mate ive been wanting to do that for a while now! dont you have to make a custom bracket for it? and then how about the vrms etc......?

I checked the step up details and apparently the product code has to end in ER or something, which mine doesnt. Ill register the card anyway as soon as i get it tomorrow and then have a better look. Does that mean I could step up to a 580 etc? for a few extra £`s?
    
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No question that the Acceleros are great coolers for the 480, mine are performing very well.
I had Zalman VF-3000F coolers previously, and they weren't quite as good, although they did have a nice one-piece heatplate for the ram and vrm's.
Another option you may wish to consider, is using a self-contained cpu water-cooler, such as the Antec 620.
It's a very popular mod now, and very effective.
It's all explained here in "the club":
www.overclock.net/t/1203528/official-nvidia-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-mod

I tried the antec620 mod on one of my GPUs and got really good temps with it but I must say it is a pain to install and you have to do it right otherwise your temps will skyrocket. The negative to this I found was that your VRMs and RAM modules don't get any love from this method because the airflow from the fan on the card isn't directed over them aswell. Also make sure not to remove the plate on the card that acts as a heatsink for them unless you plan on replacing the thermal pads that are on there as normal TIM won't provide sufficient contact with your VRMs/RAM. I got my second 480/620 used and the previous owner had removed the thermal pads and tried to substitute them with normal TIM and the VRMS and RAM were getting horrible temps.
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