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Sounds good. GTX 480's are hot and generally do run loud and drain power like crazy.

But they're freakin' cheap for whatcha get. Very powerful cards still. DirectX11 capable and the 1.5GB of VRAM will suit them quite well on a single monitor for quite some time.
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I just left a SLI setup with GTX 480's and yes they do preform quite well in surround and together they do get quite warm. Under load they would both reach temps in the 70's and the fans do get quite loud. I never realized how loud until I replaced them with a GTX 690. I feel the performance of the card in SLI and the price outweigh the heat, power consumption and fan noise issues associated with this card. I say do it.
post #23 of 62
Sell it and SLI 650Ti Boosts... You'll probably get even or better frames than 480 SLI!
post #24 of 62
Two GTX 480's are an excellent choice just keep in mind that they are about half as power efficient as the 600 series.

Here is a power consumption comparison taken from a techpowerup review.

GTX 480 SLI: 108w idle, 640w max, 514w peak, 446w average.
GTX 680: 14w idle, 228w max, 186w peak, 166w average.

This was the primary reason why I personally decided to trade in my two 480's for something a little more eco friendly, and lighter on my hydro bill. If local power rates are not high in your area as it is here in Ontario this might be a non issue for you. It is still good to know what kind of power draw you will be dealing with.
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Would 2 480s really cause a high power bill? lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

Sounds good. GTX 480's are hot and generally do run loud and drain power like crazy.

But they're freakin' cheap for whatcha get. Very powerful cards still. DirectX11 capable and the 1.5GB of VRAM will suit them quite well on a single monitor for quite some time.

As I said the SLI will be water cooled so heat and noise is not what worries me. And yes, it is considerably cheaper compared a gtx 680. For that reason alone I'm on the 2nd 480.
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I just left a SLI setup with GTX 480's and yes they do preform quite well in surround and together they do get quite warm. Under load they would both reach temps in the 70's and the fans do get quite loud. I never realized how loud until I replaced them with a GTX 690. I feel the performance of the card in SLI and the price outweigh the heat, power consumption and fan noise issues associated with this card. I say do it.

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Sell it and SLI 650Ti Boosts... You'll probably get even or better frames than 480 SLI!

In my country 2 650ti boost are too many spen, but thanks for the suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Interpolation View Post

Two GTX 480's are an excellent choice just keep in mind that they are about half as power efficient as the 600 series.

Here is a power consumption comparison taken from a techpowerup review.

GTX 480 SLI: 108w idle, 640w max, 514w peak, 446w average.
GTX 680: 14w idle, 228w max, 186w peak, 166w average.

This was the primary reason why I personally decided to trade in my two 480's for something a little more eco friendly, and lighter on my hydro bill. If local power rates are not high in your area as it is here in Ontario this might be a non issue for you. It is still good to know what kind of power draw you will be dealing with.

Ofcourse! SLI consumption is abysmal compared to the 680, there's no question about that. My problem is that a 680 gtx is too expensive in my country.
My power supply is an OCZ Fat4lity 750w Modular, and so I was seeing well enough (without OC obviously).
Correct me if I'm wrong about my power supply for 480 SLI.
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I'm going to be getting rid of my three GTX 480s (with Koolance water blocks) after I upgrade to my GTX 670s. Just wondering if anyone would be interested?
   
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Depends on price for me, i will do it for around 80 pounds max.... i am serious, the Water Blocks are no use to me, so i would be paying for a bare PCB tongue.gif
I will add aftermarket air.
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Would 2 480s really cause a high power bill? lol

It can depending on how you use the cards. By using this calculator you can see that gaming on two GTX 480s for 6 hours per day will add +$8.04 a month or +$96.43 year to your hydro bill (at .10 cents per kwh). That number jumps to +$37.55 a month or +$450.57 a year if folding on them for 24 hours per day. Overclocking them for folding can spike that to +$561 a year (basically the cost of a new premium graphics card). This is why I decided to make the switch to something a little more efficient. But it all comes down to personal usage. For light periodic gaming this kind of hardware is still excellent bang for your buck.
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well, I work 5/7 days of the week so I don't think it will be that much of a bill lol
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