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post #11 of 18
The 480s run hot. In SLI on BF3 I'll easily reach around 100c, and on idle I'm at the 50-60 mark. Don't worry, it's not gonna hurt it. But you can always do the Antec Kuhler 620 mod like alot of people on here have done and then have yourself a much cooler and quiet GPU.
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post #12 of 18
Those temps seem extremely high. I am currently using that same card in my main rig and I can vouch that, out of all 3 of my 480's, the EVGA is by far the coolest. Mine idles in the 50's but under full load (SWTOR, D3, etc) it it never goes above 70, and that's on a bad day. I just put MX-4 on my Zotac and Galaxy 480's and they still hit 90+ during load.
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post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by dalastbmills View Post

Those temps seem extremely high. I am currently using that same card in my main rig and I can vouch that, out of all 3 of my 480's, the EVGA is by far the coolest. Mine idles in the 50's but under full load (SWTOR, D3, etc) it it never goes above 70, and that's on a bad day. I just put MX-4 on my Zotac and Galaxy 480's and they still hit 90+ during load.

D3 and SWTOR aren't anywhere near as demanding as BF3 or Witcher 2 though
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post #14 of 18
my 480s in tri sli got up to about 85 when overclocked running heaven but they idle at mid 40;s with the fan at about 40%.

its odd that anyone would have a difference in temps between brands as they are all reference cards with the same exact heatsinks/coolers, the difference being the brand label.
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to bad she aint a "kepler" ( like I read at first lol)
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post #16 of 18
Didn't read through all of the posts but I'd go 28nm if I were you. 7870 is an incredible bang for buck right now @ $250 and will blow away a 480 in performance, cooling, and noise. 7850 and 660Ti are other 28nm options.
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post #17 of 18
IMO the 480 is still a great card, even with the heat issues.

The first thing you need to do is set up a custom fan profile so that it hits 100% fan speed at 80-85 degrees. Realize that programs like Furmark will bring the card into dangerous temperature territory, but you won't see anything like that in real world usage.

I run at 1.1v/851mhz on almost all games that I play, and it never goes above 85. In rare cases, games (like Guild Wars 2 with beta drivers) will cause things to get too hot and I'll bring it down to 800mhz with stock voltages. Actually, GW2 is the only game I've ever had to do that with.

I also took apart the heatsink and applied better thermal paste. It didn't seem to make a difference.
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post #18 of 18
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D3 and SWTOR aren't anywhere near as demanding as BF3 or Witcher 2 though

I got the same temps from the EVGA 480 when it was in my Antec 900 paried with a 955 @ 3.9. Never topped 65c during BF3 on Ultra settings,
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