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Hey all,

Seriously considering getting a used GTX 480 then maybe another one. Cost/performance wise, a used 480 is hard to beat, right? Also two in SLI should chew up any game at 1920x1200 even Crysis if my recent benchmark search is correct.

btw one of the reasons I am seriously considering 480 is because of the sexy george foremann grill heatsink

So is 480 SLI good in ocn book or are there better alternatives?
Edited by DeadSkull - 3/13/11 at 2:18pm
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They are beastly cards, I recently bought an Asus one new for £195. It can max out Crysis Warhead with full specs, 16Qx Anti-Aliasing at 1920x1080. I didn't have anything to check the FPS with, but it was very smooth with 0 hitching. I'd guess it was running at around 50-60.

I highly recommend getting an aftermarket cooler such as the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus because the stock fan is incredibly loud under load. You'll also be able to get far more OC out of it due to it running much cooler.

If you get two, make sure your PSU can handle it as they're very power hungry cards.
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yea GTX 480 SLI is still a beast even at 2560x1600. it only yields at surround resolutions

i would recommend getting models with aftermarket coolers on it for improvements on heat noise and temp and possibly overclocking performance.
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i would recommend getting models with aftermarket coolers on it for improvements on heat noise and temp and possibly overclocking performance.
+1

OP, check out the MSI twin frozr versions
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The performance of an GTX480 needs not be doubted. As for price/performance ratio, it depends on how much you will pay for used one(s). If you can get around US$ high 200's to 300, I think it is a good price.

The main concern is heat and noise. That is why people above me suggest aftermarket cooler (eg MSI Twin Frozr or Artic Cooling's). But this will negate ''the sexy george foremann grill heatsink'' though. I, too, would have suggest similarly. But fortunately, I see your Gigabyte EP45-UD3P has one empty slot in between the 2 cards in SLI and so I think it is possible to manage the heat issue. However, I still suggest you add a 120mm fan right behind the HDD cage of your 932 to increase air flow to the cards, particularly into the gap between them.

Lastly, your Antec TPQ 1200 is more than enough for GTX480 SLI.
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I have two back to back (no slot between the two cards) in a HAF X. The noise is not bad but then again I have a Ultra Kaze pointed right at the cards. The heat of the cards has been overplayed in my opinion, playing Crysis with fans at 80% at 800 MHz, I get 71 degrees on the top card, 69 on the bottom with a 78 degree ambient.
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Is the MSI GTX 480 Lightning any good in terms of overclocking?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-532-_-Product
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