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I recently ordered 6 480's for my office and encountered some issues with them, was hoping for some insight.

Motherboards are X58 SLI FTW w/930's...Ram is Gskill...SSD's as mains and Caviar Blacks as storage.

Anyway, they're all on water so I put the blocks on//installed them all...

1 turned out to be DOA...So, I swapped that black to stock and sent that in for a replacement -- It's on the way back.

2 refused to accept any drivers and permanently were errors - /!\\ - tried all slots, 5/6 different drivers -- Nothing.

2 seem to be slowly degrading -- Getting hotter and hotter, requiring more draw and performance is going down, slowly.

1 is actually working fine.

This is my 200th+ water block installation, never had a single problem before, they are EK Nickel/Acetal water-blocks...

Water systems are all identicle: XSPC 360 x Swiftech 650vars x XSPC bay resis x EK HF CPU blocks...

I have yet to call in the other 2, or 4...Am just seeking some wisdom, I guess.

Quite personally, I think all 6 were RMA's which, kind of pisses me off but, this is for work and they were a good deal as a "bundle" -- Replacing them is not a problem but, considering these were DOA, I mean there has to be something.

Any thoughts//opinions//comments?

Thanks guys.
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questions what kind of office is this?

like gamer's den

testing games?
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6 480's
:OOOOO
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Did you try them with the stock cooling first? Always a smart move to try it out first before putting blocks on...
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Originally Posted by puffsNasco View Post
questions what kind of office is this?

like gamer's den

testing games?
I am an Alienware admin ~ These are for office use...Interns play games, beta, whatever else they want to do...went with 6 480's and 6 5970's...

The 5970's have not had a single problem yet, the 480's are crashing, hard.

Mainly asking if other people that have ordered lately have experienced these issues...etc etc etc.

They're all covered under warranty so, I'll have 5/6 new ones within a weekish but, if this is going to be a continual problem, I'll likely just upgrade the nvidia PC's to 570's or 580's...

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Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Did you try them with the stock cooling first? Always a smart move to try it out first before putting blocks on...
I did, and actually took the day to re-check stock...Same issues.

The one that's "working okay" happens to be extremely hot...Even under water.
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what brand are the cards?
(pm is ok if you don't want to publically trash them)
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what brand are the cards?
(pm is ok if you don't want to publically trash them)
Not comfortable doing either considering the rep reads these forums

In any event, ty for the assistance thus far
post #8 of 10
I would recommend 570's over 480's personally, they perform the same, but the 570's run cooler, quieter, etc. Plus they're only $350.

Unless you got a really good deal on 480's, they're not worth buying IMO
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I would recommend 570's over 480's personally, they perform the same, but the 570's run cooler, quieter, etc. Plus they're only $350.

Unless you got a really good deal on 480's, they're not worth buying IMO
Heh, it was a very good deal.

I still prefer the 480 to the 570's though in terms of onboard etc...

Which is why I went with 3x 480's --

At this point, going to see how the RMA's work but, overall I think I'm going to bump them up to 580's in a few months, regardless...


Edited by Masked - 2/3/11 at 10:07am
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it is possible that you just got a bad batch
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