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Windows 7: Just got my GTX 480

21 Apr 2010   #101


Got my ASUS GTX 470 today. The fan speed was at 40% default which was 60C idle. Set it to 60% and it is around 50% idle and haven't seen it go higher than 75C yet (not done Furmark yet, I know that'll ramp the temperature up). The fan does get noticeably audible from 70% onwards, but it's still quieter than my 8800s and cooler.

I might put some MX-3 stuff on it when I get chance to. Just wanted to get it installed and running today.

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21 Apr 2010   #102

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64

if you add some MX-3 let me know how it goes. I've been reading ok drops at idle but a solid 5-7c drop at load.

and yea BFG is coming out with there cards soon, but for now it's eVGA and ASUS to trust. but I also like gigabyte and thats what I got. they have 3 year instead of 2 year warranty. and unlike the newly allowing Lifetime Warranties that PNY has started. Gigabyte allows 3rd party fans and coolers. And no one else allows that but eVGA and BFG. i talked to Gigabyte support yesterday. they said I can add fans, 3rd party coolers, or waterblocks as long as there's no Physical damage and i replace stock fan for any RMA or replacement needs. PNY and MSI said you touch it the warranty is gone basically. lol

Enjoy your new card.. I'm still waiting for my waterblock, but pics will follow it's delivery
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21 Apr 2010   #103

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I should be getting my EVGA gtx 480 from newegg sometime Thursday, or Friday. Managed to get one when it was available, for all of 2 minutes.
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21 Apr 2010   #104

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So, how is the availability of this card anyways, I haven't seen anything in the news either way recently.
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21 Apr 2010   #105

Windows 7 Professional 64

Well for the past 12 hours Newegg still has EVGA 470s for sale: - gtx 470

They must have gotten a very large shipment today.

I'm doing the same thing Everlong, MX to replace the current tim.

Grats Airbot! It's sort of like winning a lottery, they appear, then disappear extremely fast.
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22 Apr 2010   #106


Just put some on now.

Took a photo of the stock compound on it.

There wasn't as much on as I thought there was going to be, but then there didn't seem to be that much on it. Replaced it with an even layer of MX-3 on it. Will leave it running a bit to let it set in, but it seems better so far. If I'd let it running at idle for a few hours with the stock stuff, the idle temps would creep up and stick to around 58-60C. Been running for about 30minutes now and it's staying around 50-53C now.

Tested load temps a bit with the new Stone Giant benchmark and it dropped load temps about 5C. I'll keep an eye on it over today and see how it goes, but there's definitley an improvement with MX-3.

Edit: Played Crysis Warhead for about an hour. Load temps never went above 78C, and I've read people hitting high 80s/low 90s on this with stock thermal paste.

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22 Apr 2010   #107

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64

Interesting, ya that picture shows not very much on there at all. Interesting.

and before you idle's would get around 58c.. thats high. I'm idling while overclocked and slightly overvolted at 41c but I'm also running 62% fan speed.. Keep me posted on how it goes. my DD waterblock should be here any minute today. and then pics will follow shortly.
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22 Apr 2010   #108


My case hasn't got the best cooling in, only some Coolermaster LED fans. Aren't the best, but still keeps everything within decent temperatures. The MX-3 compound definitley helped with keeping the temps on the 470 down though.

I might look at some replacement fans, as the airflow on these aren't the best around.
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22 Apr 2010   #109

7 x64/ Back-Track 4

Wouldn't the ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5900 series (only 1 card i think, forgot remaining digits) still have better performance? From what i've heard, it runs incredibly hot and in crossfire if you have stock cooling, you'll burn your hardware, but its OC ability and everything is great!
I'm looking for a new card - but sway me, the mobo i have planned to buy can handle either
I still prefer AMD graphics anyway over Intel graphics. - don't mean to make this war :P
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22 Apr 2010   #110


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkDavil View Post
Wouldn't the ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5900 series (only 1 card i think, forgot remaining digits) still have better performance?
5970? In sheer FPS - for the most part on most titles, very much so. Then again, it is a dual GPU vs a single.

These GTX cards seem to have a better min framerate and superior DX 11 tessellation performance though.

They also handle Anti-Aliasing better.

Oh, they also do physx.
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