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He already has the 480 Superclock... how much more OC can he do without having to spend a bunch of money on aftermarket cooling or just have to listen to a loud 480 fan from high OC?.
EVGA GTX480 SC runs @ 726MHz core and 950MHz memory (700/925 is stock) so I wouldn't call it even touching the GTX480 OC potential..

I run my reference stock cooled Zotac GTX480 @ 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and with my custom fan profile it never touches 85C in games,3DMark 11,Heaven etc..

Yes fan hits 75 -80% at that temp but for me it's not too noisy..

Getting another GTX480 for SLI is much better option ATM..

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EVGA GTX480 SC runs @ 726MHz core and 950MHz memory (700/925 is stock) so I wouldn't call it even touching the GTX480 OC potential..

I run my reference stock cooled Zotac GTX480 @ 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and with my custom fan profile it never touches 85C in games,3DMark 11,Heaven etc..

Yes fan hits 80% at that temp but for me it's not too noisy..

Getting another GTX480 for SLI is much better option ATM..

CHEERS..
I know if I get a 2nd 480 then I won't even bother to overclock since at over 75% fanspeed it starts to bother me already and this is for a single card, imagine with 2 cards I'm not sure if I can stand the noise.
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EVGA GTX480 SC runs @ 726MHz core and 950MHz memory (700/925 is stock) so I wouldn't call it even touching the GTX480 OC potential..

I run my reference stock cooled Zotac GTX480 @ 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and with my custom fan profile it never touches 85C in games,3DMark 11,Heaven etc..

Yes fan hits 75 -80% at that temp but for me it's not too noisy..

Getting another GTX480 for SLI is much better option ATM..

CHEERS..
Thanks for providing that bit of info, the fan noise is what would bug me, if you were to get two of these kids yelling at 80% fan speed (most likely 90% for the top card) it would rather loud and deathly annoying imo

I know the Superclocks are just a bump up, but they do it just a little so you don't have to ramp up the fan... (I will not get into the other detail of why they do it so I don't offend anyone)

The 580 over 2x480 imo, of course the 2x480s will be faster even at stock speeds but later I would get another 580
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If you're sticking with 2560x1600, go with 570 sli or wait for 590.
If you're willing to drop to 1920x1200, a single GTX580 would be perfect.

bottomline: get rid of the 480 if you can, the 5 series are much nicer, more optimised cards.

The one scenario where 480sli is feasible, is under water.
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Really appreciate for the help guys, I decided to put the GTX 480 on sale and get a GTX 580, wait for the price to drop then put another in SLI. Also it wouldn't hurt to wait and see how the dual GPUs will perform.
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