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I have never bought a card that went into the 80's and 90's Celsius, and despite Nvidia saying it built the chip to withstand those temperatures, I think a better assessment would be for actual users to report on how their REFERENCE COOLER GTX480 cards have been doing up to now.

So, how's it been ?

This is all because I'm considering buying one, of course
I've got the PSU and the case for it (see sig), so the question is really related to the card itself.

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those seam a little high but not to much off. You can reseat use some goot TIM and burn it in again you will notice a diffrence
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Well with the stock cooling on a GTX 480 with some voltage added I would say 825-850Mhz is possible but you need the fan at probably over 90% and also expect temps of mid 90s. The card should run stable though, and yeah they can take the heat.

I added extra cooling to mine, changed the Tim and I can do 900Mhz with low 70s temps and the fan at only around 70-75%

Personally I would try to get a GTX 480 with a 3rd party cooler. They seem to have very nice temps even when overclocked
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those seam a little high but not to much off. You can reseat use some goot TIM and burn it in again you will notice a diffrence
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Well with the stock cooling on a GTX 480 with some voltage added I would say 825-850Mhz is possible but you need the fan at probably over 90% and also expect temps of mid 90s. The card should run stable though, and yeah they can take the heat.

I added extra cooling to mine, changed the Tim and I can do 900Mhz with low 70s temps and the fan at only around 70-75%

Personally I would try to get a GTX 480 with a 3rd party cooler. They seem to have very nice temps even when overclocked

Thanks! Rep+

I'll probably replace the thermal paste for starters and then eventually get the AC cooler. As to a GTX480 with a 3rd party cooler already installed, it's very difficult to find those now, at least where I live, but I suspect it's going to be difficult all over the world since these cards are discontinued.
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The 480s seem to be very durable. With all these 570s flopping over dead, I've yet to see it happen to the robust power delivery system of the 480. As other have said, a reseating with some high grade thermal paste is highly recommended with a reference cooler.
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Ive had mine a year now and it's been up to 112c twice and still so far Knock on wood, She's still kicking
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with the fan profile afterburner comes with and my clocks/voltages i haven't passed 85C yet.....and that's with a 450 in the middle.......with stock fan profile they'll hit 97C for the top and 91C bottom.......they are kinda loud with the afterburner profile, but the performance justifies it.......if you only gonna run one, then buy the Accelero Xtreme Plus 480 cooler.......mid to low 70s full load
    
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Mine are running @800/2000 with auto-fan settings and temp never goes above 93 celsius with furmak.
While gaming, they rarely reach 90.
Of course these 480 will be much more awesome if you could manage to get a decent after-market cooler, as mine are overclockability limited due to their heat.
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I think the Fermi cards are durable. Nvidia knew what they were building and knew they would run hot.

When I took my 480 apart to slap on the AXP, there was so much TIM on the reference pipes.
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I would hazard to say that if they expected even more than 1% of the cards to crap out before the standard warranty (24 months) ended, Nvidia would never have passed the Fermi chips through validation.

Despite all the release lambasting Nvidia received on the subject of heat, power, and longevity--Fermi has been a very solid performer that has (with the exception of the GTX570 and its VRM issues) been relatively without design flaws and overclocked consistently well.
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