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I just went ahead and bought 2x GTX EVGA 470's Superclocked. I sure hope that 850AW Corsair can handle these bad boys haha
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I just went ahead and bought 2x GTX EVGA 470's Superclocked. I sure hope that 850AW Corsair can handle these bad boys haha
That a boy! And it should! They draw...210 or 215 watts a piece at MAX load I believe. So you should be alright. If you have the mobo and power, use your 465 for Physx
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Two 470's on any decent 850W unit is NO problem whatsoever.

For the record, rather than telling folks to take apart their cards to see if they'll unlock, the first thing you should mention is that only black PCB cards will unlock. The fact that the OP has determined (after all this work) that he has a '030' core indicates that he almost certainly has a blue PCB board ... but in either case, I see nobody mentioned doing this simple check before instructing him to take apart the card.

It's also very easy to look on the back of the card (w/o taking it apart) to see if it has 10 memory chips ... there's pics of what to look for all over the nV forums here on OCN. If you don't have 10 chips, but do have a black PCB, you would want to try the Asus 465 unlocking tool to unlock just the shaders. If it doesn't work, no harm. If it does, then you have one of the very rare cards with a 275 chip and 8 memory IC's.

I can't find this tool online anymore but someone around here most likely could get you a copy if you needed it
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I just went ahead and bought 2x GTX EVGA 470's Superclocked. I sure hope that 850AW Corsair can handle these bad boys haha
Nice! I think you would have been completely fine with your 465's but hey it's your money and the 470's do perform better than 465's. Id imagine your going to sell your 465's now?

Two 470's on a corsair 850 is easy It will hardly even stress that PSU. Im running two gts's and a i7 OC'd to 4.0 on my tiny 500w PSU.
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Two 470's on any decent 850W unit is NO problem whatsoever.

For the record, rather than telling folks to take apart their cards to see if they'll unlock, the first thing you should mention is that only black PCB cards will unlock. The fact that the OP has determined (after all this work) that he has a '030' core indicates that he almost certainly has a blue PCB board ... but in either case, I see nobody mentioned doing this simple check before instructing him to take apart the card.

It's also very easy to look on the back of the card (w/o taking it apart) to see if it has 10 memory chips ... there's pics of what to look for all over the nV forums here on OCN. If you don't have 10 chips, but do have a black PCB, you would want to try the Asus 465 unlocking tool to unlock just the shaders. If it doesn't work, no harm. If it does, then you have one of the very rare cards with a 275 chip and 8 memory IC's.

I can't find this tool online anymore but someone around here most likely could get you a copy if you needed it
Ummm...he has an EVGA GTX 465. His PCB is black lol. PNYs where the only ones that really had the "Black versus Blue thing." Besides, next time, If you care to help so much, help before the thread is closed

Besides, it is well worth checking the GPU #. You dont want to brick your card. Plenty of stories of people miss counting.

And if you wont take the 5 minutes to take apart your card for the 100% most accurate check, you are just lazy lol. forget the stupid asus thing, just do it. Thanks for your insightful post
Edited by Rider85 - 1/5/11 at 7:24pm
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Ummm...he has an EVGA GTX 465. His PCB is black lol. PNYs where the only ones that really had the "Black versus Blue thing." Besides, next time, If you care to help so much, help before the thread is closed

Besides, it is well worth checking the GPU #. You dont want to brick your card. Plenty of stories of people miss counting.

And if you wont take the 5 minutes to take apart your card for the 100% most accurate check, you are just lazy lol. forget the stupid asus thing, just do it. Thanks for your insightful post
My bad, I was not aware that all evga 465's had the black PCB. In any case, it should be pointed out that if one has a blue PCB, the card will not unlock. So that's the most logical first thing to point out. And there's a number of brands that DO make blue PCB 465's, even if evga did not.

And otherwise, regardless of your feeling regarding the timing or insightfulness of my post, it's pretty fricking simple to look at the back of the card to determine if you have the two extra memory chips by comparing to any of dozens of screenshots here on OCN that tell you what to look for.

And you can determine whether or not the card has an 030 or a 275 by running the Asus unlocking tool, which will work on a 275 and fail on a 030.

There's no possible bricking involved with these steps. You also don't have to worry about stripping screws or taking all the time needed (it's not always a 5 minute job) nor do you have to worry about re-doing the TIM, like you do if you take the card apart.

Feel free to think your 'taking apart the card' is the end-all, be-all of solutions, but personally, I think taking 10 seconds to look for the visible memory components on the back FIRST makes a hell of a lot more sense
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^ I've read here at OCN that there was at least one member whose card had the resistors and capacitors on the reverse side of the PCB (as shown in the pics you are referring to), but no memory chips on the other side. So that little trick may not be 100% where as taking the card apart is.
 
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^ I've read here at OCN that there was at least one member whose card had the resistors and capacitors on the reverse side of the PCB (as shown in the pics you are referring to), but no memory chips on the other side. So that little trick may not be 100% where as taking the card apart is.
Okay, but ... do I need to draw up a flowchart here?



The LACK of the electronics components we're referring to tells you that you DO NOT have 10 chips, and hence you do not have a 470, and hence you almost certainly should not bother to take apart the card.
    
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Okay, but ... do I need to draw up a flowchart here?



The LACK of the electronics components we're referring to tells you that you DO NOT have 10 chips, and hence you do not have a 470, and hence you almost certainly should not bother to take apart the card.
On the other hand, if you look at the bottom and see the components then go straight to flashing the card under the assumption there are mem chips there (when they could not be), you will have a problem.

You did read my post correctly, right? He had the components on the back of the PCB, but did not have the mem chips on the other side.
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Okay, but ... do I need to draw up a flowchart here?



The LACK of the electronics components we're referring to tells you that you DO NOT have 10 chips, and hence you do not have a 470, and hence you almost certainly should not bother to take apart the card.
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