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Windows 7: Just got my GTX 480

17 Apr 2010   #81
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

Ya they always put way to much.. using a NON conductive (So no AS5) paste like MX-3 and adding a little to each ram sync and then some to the GPU you'll get a good 5c lower temp give or take is the average on GPU's

and eVGA is the best warranty for ANY Nvidia graphics card. They allow overclocking, water-cooling, modding, and removing and adding custom 3rd party fans. So you can take it apart and do whatever you want. I sent in a 9800GT with a screw missing and they took it. They are a great company. any other brand and I'd be out of luck and have to buy a new card.

Also, the guy that made that video stripped 3 of the 4 main screw holes trying to put it back together. I've taken MANY cards apart with no problems. so either he was rough, didn't know what he was doing. or just tightened them to much. so be careful.. i've never had a problem with that though


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17 Apr 2010   #82
Everlong

 

I'm planning on trying some of that MX-3 stuff as I've read some great reviews on it, wasn't thinking of putting any on the GPU, but I'll try that too if it can help.

It is a shame XFX aren't doing them though, because they also had a decent warranty for their cards too.
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17 Apr 2010   #83
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

XFX will do GTX 4xx cards when yields improve enough for non launch partners to be allocated chips.
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17 Apr 2010   #84
Everlong

 

I'm not getting my hopes up just yet. It was one of the number 1 partners saying themselves they're not doing GTX4x0s.
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18 Apr 2010   #85
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
I'm not getting my hopes up just yet. It was one of the number 1 partners saying themselves they're not doing GTX4x0s.
However, if there is a profit to be made I wouldn't rule them out entirely re-entering the nvidia manufacturing.

Although their quality has slipped a lot across several of their models recently.
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18 Apr 2010   #86
Sanvean

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Just got back from the EVGA forums. There's another 470 user that is running warmer than normal. His PNY 470 is overclocked and it runs cooler than his default EVGA 470.
Opening it up, the thermal paste (clay lol) was thick and glopped out around the chip.

I ordered that compound you suggested and will take it to task when it arrives.
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18 Apr 2010   #87
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
I'm not getting my hopes up just yet. It was one of the number 1 partners saying themselves they're not doing GTX4x0s.
However, if there is a profit to be made I wouldn't rule them out entirely re-entering the nvidia manufacturing.

Although their quality has slipped a lot across several of their models recently.
Since Nvidia and ATI don't let the partners be as freely as they used to be with the cards they released, XFX have gone down a bit. Like used to be XFX had some of the most expensive cards up there with EVGA with their speeds and the XXX editions, but now all the cards that are released pretty much have the same speeds and everything, XFX have some of the cheapest cards.
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18 Apr 2010   #88
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

they used to be a quality brand, but the 9800 and onward saw to a change in that reputation
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18 Apr 2010   #89
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

yea XFX has slowly dropped the ball a little bit, there was tons if issues with the 5870's of theres and a few other models. but I did love there Double lifetime warranty.

BFG has another great modder friendly warranty, as well has lifetime warranty. and 90 day step up. but nothing from them yet except they are on there website. I've been told BFG is struggling financially. and I also read that XFX didn't sit this one out because of the yields and all that. They sat it out because Nvidia is basically punishing them for jumping ship. Not sure how true that is either. but something went on between the 2 in a few conversations and now they don't have any new cards. so idk.

interesting stuff. and yea remember that all the Ram sync's and the GPU all need decent thermal paste. but they put way to much on at the factory. since they can fall down the side n such on the card you must use a NON conductive (AS5 has silver inside and conducts) on videocards just to be safe.. but ya that should help temps. after you screw her down and power up once and let the heat spread the paste. you could open her up and check your spread and make sure it's all spread right and not to much/to little. and then put it back together and enjoy.
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18 Apr 2010   #90
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

XGUNTHERC,

Even though I'm team red, I rather enjoy the info you're providing. Good stuff and it goes a long way in clearing up any "misinformation"

Good job.

Thanks.
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