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Tips for 470's on air:
1) 90C is okay, 95C is where you worry
2) Don't do heavy overclocking for regular use, and take the time to find the minimum volts you can get away with. Check my sig for an idea of a good 24/7 clock/voltage to shoot for
3) Memory OC's actually add a lot of heat w/o adding that much perf
4) Use v-sync
5) Switch cards around to make sure you have the natively-cooler running card on top
6) Redo TIM, and use more rather than less.

If you were starting from scratch and not planning on water I'd say make sure you get a board w/a nice gap between cards, and get some aftermarket coolers (mine don't get that loud/hot at all unless I slam 'em up to 850/1.1V for a bench run) but since you're just toughing it out for now waiting for water, the above recs are about all I got. Obviously a side fan/good airflow helps a bit as well.

Lastly, these cards are BEAST for 1920 and below. At max OC on water I'm sure they're even more amazing. You won't be disappointed in these cards in the long run I'm sure. I adore mine
Edited by brettjv - 4/13/11 at 1:54am
    
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Cards are separated by 3-4 slots, plenty of room for air flow. The top card runs hotter (i have reverse ATX, so this is the "bottom" of the mobo) Case has MASSIVE air flow

I don't feel like redoing the TIM for 5C... the problem is noise.. even at minimum of 40%, this thing is ungodly loud. lowering the voltage wouldn't do much as the fan can't really go slower.....

I'm planning on selling both of these, I listed them on eBay, but if anyone's interested I wanna get an EVGA Hydro Copper 580 instead..

Thanks for the tips on heat tho, makes me feel better about not ramping the fan to 6k RPM

and I cant use vsync, mouselag
 
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I have a EVGA gtx 285 gpu - do you think the block you have will fit. I would be very interested if so?
    
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think it will fit my evga gtx 285? if so we need to talk.
    
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470s on air can hang with 6970s on air in many benchmarks.

They're the black sheep of Fermi, but thats ok because it just means they're cheaper than they should be.
    
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thats what happens when you buy full cover blocks. eventually they become useless, either when your cards die like yours did and the mfg is out of stock, or when you upgrade.

Universal gpu block would be more economical in the long run if you upgrade gpus alot.
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should i do the same I have a EVGA GTX 260 that im not using it is just seating in my closet, should RMA to EVGA and maybe I'LL get some 400 series...since they dont make gtx 260 anymore, i register that card two year ago..and still in my EVGA account..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
This is like complaining about getting a Ferrari when you bought tires for your Honda Civic.

Just be glad you got a much BETTER GPU, enjoy it and shut up.
This. just enjoy your 470 and stop QQing that you cant watercool your 285's ...last gen hardware is last gen hardware..honestly why would you be upset about getting a FERMI in exchange?!?!?! man.
 
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Does the 470 perform better stock than your 285 did under water? Probably. It's a win, win, especially considering you can still sell the water blocks and potentially buy water blocks for your GTX470s.
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Simple logic, if what you got was = or greater than what you paid/and received in performance for and if the difference of money lost in selling the cooling solution for a cheaper price than what you bought it wouldn't buy you better performing cards when added to the price of the current cards then EVGA attempted restitution on your part and it sounds fine.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 4/14/11 at 6:28am
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