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I already have one and it's an awesome card. Is it worth getting another or is there a card i could buy that would be better than an sli 480 thats under/near its price
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post #2 of 62
Nothing is really as fast as 2 480's in that price range... 2 480's beat a 680, and roughly 7970 GHZ edition speed...

The downside to SLi 480 is power consumption and heat output.

As long as you can tackle those 2 issues, the best upgrade would be 480 SLi.
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My 480 at max is like 65-70c.. and i have a 910wat PSU. I'm gonna guess thats more than enough lol
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post #4 of 62
No, no no...

480's in SLi are totally different beasts compared to a single 480...

Heat will be pretty damn massive if you do not have good enough airflow..... so 70c, will turn into 80-90+c and not just 1 card, but 2....
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post #5 of 62
2 480s are still beast. the heat does suck but they wont run any hotter with a second one aside from the card with blocked air flow running maybe 1-3 degrees hotter. power consumption is pretty high but a 910w PSU will easily handle them.
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i ran sli 480s for a while and they performed great. I had both of mine under water so it took care of my heat issues, but before they went under both cards would peek around 80c at full load with fans pretty high... Hot loud and power hungry, but if you can get a second one for a good price then id say it's worth it.
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it'll be fine....it will hit mid 80s....maybe 85 with 2 cards.....i'm running 3 and i'm not complaining thumb.gif

    
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No, no no...

480's in SLi are totally different beasts compared to a single 480...

Heat will be pretty damn massive if you do not have good enough airflow..... so 70c, will turn into 80-90+c and not just 1 card, but 2....

Really? I ran SLI 280s for a while and I never saw much of a temp rise when adding the second one and 280s ran hot.
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If you can find one cheap enough....If I were you I would wait it out for what will be the next gen maxwell.

I love my OC'd 480, but am I really going to get that much out of SLi or a 680? Not really.

I plan on waiting for something huge to come out. Like how the 690 was, or something.

If you can buy one for less than $175shipped, then do it. If not, then wait for something bigger to come out and sell your 480.
    
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I'm running two water-cooled GTX 480s in SLI to power my Nvidia Surround setup, so, that should tell you that you'll definitely have enough power for most games/benchmarks maxed out on a single screen. Case and point:

   
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