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Just bought one

Gigabyte GTX 480 Super Overclock

Bought it because it was extremely cheap but it runs hot at over 100C

Now should I keep it and not worry about temps? Just reapply some thermal paste and see how it goes?

Or should I grab an Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme? (do these actually fit these models properly) Or would this not help too much with temps?

Or should I just stick with my Sapphire HD5870 Vapor X OC? Bearing in mind that the 5870 is pretty toasty anyway at around 80C load

By the way my case cooling is poop, no outtake fans, 1 120mm extremely restricted intake fan and a 140mm cpu fan which is pulling air from directly outside in (Noctua NH-C14 Heatsink with 2 NF-P14's) - this is a htpc case


What do you guys think?


EDIT: Should mention I game at 1080p so the 480 should give some gaming improvement over the 5870 right? And the bonus of physx?
Edited by liamstears - 10/17/12 at 4:50pm
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H2O
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Quote:
Originally Posted by liamstears View Post

Just bought one
Gigabyte GTX 480 Super Overclock
Bought it because it was extremely cheap but it runs hot at over 100C
Now should I keep it and not worry about temps? Just reapply some thermal paste and see how it goes?
Or should I grab an Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme? (do these actually fit these models properly) Or would this not help too much with temps?
Or should I just stick with my Sapphire HD5870 Vapor X OC? Bearing in mind that the 5870 is pretty toasty anyway at around 80C load
By the way my case cooling is poop, no outtake fans, 1 120mm extremely restricted intake fan and a 140mm cpu fan which is pulling air from directly outside in (Noctua NH-C14 Heatsink with 2 NF-P14's) - the is is a htpc case
What do you guys think?


I found your problem. You need proper ventilation. No amount of thermal paste will fix that.
I'd look into "the mod" or accelero coolers if they fit your case
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i went the accelero extreme route and mind you i have 2 480s in sli and they dont go to far over 70F in bf3 on ultra 1920x1200
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H2O

No where to put it, simply dont have the space or I would mod a h50/h70 in there but the rads a bit too big. If there was a h50 with an 80mm rad i'll be doing that straight away
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I found your problem. You need proper ventilation. No amount of thermal paste will fix that.
I'd look into "the mod" or accelero coolers if they fit your case

"the mod" ??? Whats that?

Considering the accelero

Nothing I can do really with ventilation, all I could do is add 1 or 2 80mm fans to the side to blow directly towards the 480 but I havent actually got the 480 yet the temps ive given are what the previous owner had and I dont know how old the card is thats why I said about the thermal paste, may be old and not doing its job...
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Are you using vsync too? No need to have your card at 100% all the time
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See if you can pick up a GPU only block, or do "The Mod" with an Antec etc.
I have a Ref card with full cover and a Ref card with its base plate intact and a GPU only block (Swiftech), i attached a fan over the base plate to blow cool air directly down over the VRM area.
Your cards PCB has a built in heatsink attached to its VRM so you should be fine as long as you get enough air over the heatsink.

Although talking of airflow im concerned that there may be a lack of cool airflow in your case given the temps it hits and your 5870 also seems hot considering the heatsink that model has on it.

Last time i checked there was no full cover block for the Super Overclock, which is a bummer i know.
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Are you using vsync too? No need to have your card at 100% all the time

Like I said earlier I havent actually got the card yet just preparing what to do as I bought it so cheap it doesn't matter which card I sell I will make a nice profit

I dont believe I use vsync anyway, never really checked for this, what exactly does it do?

And most of the time my gpu idles, not often I play games
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See if you can pick up a GPU only block, or do "The Mod" with an Antec etc.
I have a Ref card with full cover and a Ref card with its base plate intact and a GPU only block (Swiftech), i attached a fan over the base plate to blow cool air directly down over the VRM area.
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Although talking of airflow im concerned that there may be a lack of cool airflow in your case given the temps it hits and your 5870 also seems hot considering the heatsink that model has on it.
Last time i checked there was no full cover block for the Super Overclock, which is a bummer i know.

As I mentioned earlier all water cooling is out of the question, it simply wont fit in this case, although I bet these 480's are beasts under water :-P

Downsized to a htpc so the xigmatek elysium and all my water went and im on air now so...
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The 480s run hot, that's just how they are, I had two in SLI, it would get into the 100 region on BF3
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