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Looks like I'll re-cofirm my waiting, hah... I'll give it a few weeks, and hopefully some stocks will have entered Canada. If not, I'll just buy it from AC.

Also, what is this thing about "high percentage of the AXP killing video cards" deal?

The VRM sinks the VR004 comes with are too small in my opinion, at least compared with the massive plate the ref cooler is using to cool the mem and VRMs (which is also aided by superior airflow of the blower fan).

If you are up for a little modding, its pretty easy to get the 4X0 VRM/VRAM cooler to fit with the AXP, plus you get the extra rigidity to prevent bending. If I didnt mod mine, I would not have used the AXP.
 
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Zalman VF3000F is the way to go. Make sure you take the shroud off though, because on my AMP! edition a fan snapped due to the shroud being poorly fitted and I had to replace it with a VF3000F set I had around(AMP and VF3000F are similar). I idle at 36°C and full load@Furmark at 74°C at 60% fan speed(virtually silent and stays at 45% for the most part).
Fairly easy assembly and you dont need any fuzzy Fet/Ram sinks because the VF3000F comes with a plate, which makes contact to all those chips and acts as a big Ram/Fet heatsink.

EDIT: Overclock I run at is 800|1900 @ 1.063mV
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Zalman VF3000F is the way to go. Make sure you take the shroud off though, because on my AMP! edition a fan snapped due to the shroud being poorly fitted and I had to replace it with a VF3000F set I had around(AMP and VF3000F are similar). I idle at 36°C and full load@Furmark at 74°C at 60% fan speed(virtually silent and stays at 45% for the most part).
Fairly easy assembly and you dont need any fuzzy Fet/Ram sinks because the VF3000F comes with a plate, which makes contact to all those chips and acts as a big Ram/Fet heatsink.

EDIT: Overclock I run at is 800|1900 @ 1.063mV
Again, the reason I'm not taking account into the VF3000F is its low performance rating in all the reviews I am seeing. The Shaman and the AXP triumphs over the VF3000F over many degrees!

Not to mention my overclock is at 1.138 volts! I don't think the Zalman can take a lot of heat off at those volts.

edit: So reading over the VF3000F, I was about to get it, BUT the deal-killer is the lack of ability to control fans through Afterburner... Why did Zalman make it so that I can't plug the fan directly into the 480? /slapsface
Edited by oblisk - 2/3/11 at 3:21pm
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Again, the reason I'm not taking account into the VF3000F is its low performance rating in all the reviews I am seeing. The Shaman and the AXP triumphs over the VF3000F over many degrees!

Not to mention my overclock is at 1.138 volts! I don't think the Zalman can take a lot of heat off at those volts.

edit: So reading over the VF3000F, I was about to get it, BUT the deal-killer is the lack of ability to control fans through Afterburner... Why did Zalman make it so that I can't plug the fan directly into the 480? /slapsface
That concerned me as well when I first got the Zalman, but it runs so quietly you can leave it at 100% plugged in directly to the power supply lead, or control it through a motherboard header. Or use Zalman's included fan controller. I don't miss using Afterburner for the fan speeds any more.
    
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Is the zalman at 100 percent really that quiet? I read in some reviews that the zalman is quite audible at 100 percent.
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Is the zalman at 100 percent really that quiet? I read in some reviews that the zalman is quite audible at 100 percent.
It's quieter than the radial fan on the stock Nvidia cooler is @100%, for sure!
But of course you can hear it at 100%, any kind of really effective air cooling has to make some noise when it's running full out.
I had no need to run the two 92mm fans on the Zalman at 100% full time as it does fine at a lower rpm.

However, mine now has two 120mm Silverstone fans on the Prolimatech fan bracket from the MK-13 I had tried previously, before I got the Zalman. Not any difference in temp. reduction over the stock Zalman fans, but the 120's circulate a bit more air around the card.

If I didn't already have the 120mm fan setup, I would still be using the stock Zalman fans which were very effective. Some have reported a problem with the shroud touching a fan as Bwaaa mentioned, although that was with the factory version that Zoltac uses on the GTX 480 AMP. I had no problems with the shroud on mine, it fit well and didn't rub on the fans. But it is easily removed if desired.

As far as overclocking with the Zalman (this was with the stock Zalman fans as well), I run my 480 at 800/2000 undervolted to 1.000mV 24/7. For benching, I have run it at 882/2044 at 1.150mV and the Zalman works great at those speeds and voltages.
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post #27 of 40
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Hello!

Sorry to dig this thread up again, but it's been a few months, and I am wondering if there are any new coolers out for the 480 series!

I would rather get the "best of the best" which I think is the AXP right now. But it's a bit more expensive and my local shop doesn't carry it. However, NCIX does carry the VF3000F.

Again, right now my volts are at 1.138, 825/2180. Do you guys think I can unlock the volts, increase it a bit and get more juice out of this aging baby?
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i would still say the AXP is still the best...

but i haven't seen anything new come out...

probably since there is already alot of choice..
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Hello!

Sorry to dig this thread up again, but it's been a few months, and I am wondering if there are any new coolers out for the 480 series!

I would rather get the "best of the best" which I think is the AXP right now. But it's a bit more expensive and my local shop doesn't carry it. However, NCIX does carry the VF3000F.

Again, right now my volts are at 1.138, 825/2180. Do you guys think I can unlock the volts, increase it a bit and get more juice out of this aging baby?
You mentioned NCIX, who I purchase from quite often.
I don't see any system specs. listed in your post, but NCIX doesn't carry the 480 version of the Zalman, only the 570 and 580 versions.
However, you can get the 480 version at Newegg, I purchased the one on my EVGA card from there.
As I've mentioned before, I have Zalman coolers on my 480's rather than AXP's mainly due to the one-piece finned heatsink plate for the ram and vrm's that Zalman uses.
But, the AXP is otherwise a superb cooler, I had two of the similar previous version of the AXP on my 275's in sli in my former system, and they were excellent.
There are posts here from others who have modded the stock one-piece heatplate for the vrm's and ram to work with the AXP, which would be a slick setup.

But neither is the only game in town, and there are two models of vga coolers from Thermalright that are among the top performers as well.
Check some reviews on each, and see what's best for you.
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Canadacomputers here in canada has been selling the AXP for the last 6 months. I picked 2 of them up for $49.99 each.
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