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The GTX480 is too loud and hot to do any sort of worthwhile OC on the stock cooler. I've got a Thermalright Shaman and VRM-G2 and with my GTX480 OC'ed to 900Mhz/1800Mhz/2000Mhz the max temp is 64c and its completely silent.

I tend to agree but I'm not an expert, The fans can be ramped up which is a viable option but I would rather have a slightly warmer card and keep the noise down. I hadn't thought of putting on an aftermarket cooler either. Thanks I will look into that and maybe replacing my TIM at the same time will be a good option.
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Also turn on V-sync in games if you are running a monitor with a max refresh rate of 60hz . No need to generate 130fps when all your monitor can display is 60fps. You might be surprised by the reduction of fan noise in most games.

I bought Deus Ex recently and played it for 30mins before I went to bed and although I can get some high frame rates the temps are not what I would call satisfactory. I'll turn on Vsync and watch my temps to see if it takes some of the load off of the gfx card.

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If you care about noise then OCing the 480 is a bad idea. Watercool it or get a 680 which gives the equivalent of 480 SLI but none of the heat, noise, or power consumption.

Speaking from experience here as I had 480s SLI and they were OCed. My fan was constantly at 80% (which is loud). But I wore noise canceling headphones so I was fine with that.
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I tend to agree but I'm not an expert, The fans can be ramped up which is a viable option but I would rather have a slightly warmer card and keep the noise down. I hadn't thought of putting on an aftermarket cooler either. Thanks I will look into that and maybe replacing my TIM at the same time will be a good option.
I bought Deus Ex recently and played it for 30mins before I went to bed and although I can get some high frame rates the temps are not what I would call satisfactory. I'll turn on Vsync and watch my temps to see if it takes some of the load off of the gfx card.
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If you have the space, an aftermarket cooler will work wonders. I couldn't stand the fan noise of the stock cooler when I was overclocking it, so I bought a Zalman VF3000F which kept it at 67C max while running a 850/1700/1900 overclock, with hardly any noise.
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If you care about noise then OCing the 480 is a bad idea. Watercool it or get a 680 which gives the equivalent of 480 SLI but none of the heat, noise, or power consumption.
Speaking from experience here as I had 480s SLI and they were OCed. My fan was constantly at 80% (which is loud). But I wore noise canceling headphones so I was fine with that.

I was hoping to hold out for the 7xx series tongue.gif since from what I am seeing in benchmarks and gameplay the 680 beats the 580 but there is not a massive difference. I am planning on building a water cooled rig (summer 2012) to see if any new technology arrives or is scheduled to arrive by that time, I may consider watercooling it. For the time being I may just put on an aftermarket heatsink
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If you have the space, an aftermarket cooler will work wonders. I couldn't stand the fan noise of the stock cooler when I was overclocking it, so I bought a Zalman VF3000F which kept it at 67C max while running a 850/1700/1900 overclock, with hardly any noise.

I'm leaning toward that solution also as watercooling would be more expensive but its not out of the question thumb.gif
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Reapply TIM and blow out the cooler with compressed air. Overclocking a gtx480 will show a nice gain in fps. If you game with headphones or don't care about noise make an aggressive fan curve and set voltage around 1.1v and see how high that will take u. The stock cooler can handle that voltage.
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Pick up an Accelero Xtreme Plus II cooler, it will run you $75-100 and your temps will never get above 55-60. You will be able to run the card @ 825-850Mhz no problem, never seeing 70.
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As a 480 owner myself I can weigh in on this issue.

With the stock cooler, I was able to overclock in the colder months and up the fan to 75% which is an "acceptable" volume level.

I was able to run the 480 at 1.075v at 825MHz and I was topping out at about 95c in games and over 100c in Furmark which is still very very hot, but it didn't crash.

I decided to get an aftermarket cooler and got the Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/375/accelero-twin-turbo-ii.html

It can be found cheaper elsewhere.

I can now max the voltage slider at 1.150v and hit 900MHz core clock. In Furmark I max out at about 85c but in normal games I never see above 75c. Also, the fans on the Arctic are quieter than the GTX480 fan at 50%. In my case, they are silent as my CPU and Case fans are actually louder.

So yes, the GTX 480 can overclock quite nicely on air even with a "cheap" but good aftermarket cooler. Don't need to go to water. I'm at the card's voltage and clock stability limit and not limited by temperature.
Edited by SirMaster - 4/2/12 at 2:52pm
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I gues I maybe lucky. My EVGA GTX 480 does 825/2000 @ stock 1.025v with idle temps 40-45*C and load 75-85*C
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