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Old April 11, 2010, 09:37 PM
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while the reviews reported 95 degrees load temp, users who got card early, say that the card is in the 85 degrees area. All it really takes to lower the card's tempereture are just a couple of fans, that do net even need to be high rpm.
You can lower any temp with a fan or 2x. It's just too bad that these new NVIDIA cards need that.
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You can lower any temp with a fan or 2x. It's just too bad that these new NVIDIA cards need that.
The external metal plate makes a much bigger difference than any other card.
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It all depends. Do you want DX11 and good performance or do you want slightly better performance with dual 260's? Dual 260 will performs better but does not have DX11.

I would go with a 470 as it is just 1 card and if you ever wanted to later you could possibly get a second if games started to be too demanding.
I went ahead and got the GTX 470. The power and heat are less then my twin 8800 GTXs with a slight performance increase and future proofing. I am hoping to be able to sell the 8800s as a pair for $150 to recoup some of my cost. Thank you very much for your input.
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nice. before you sell them drop killawatt in there if you have time :)

and 150 should be doable.
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Old April 12, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Well I would only get a killawatt PSU if he planed on getting a second GPU. You can run 3 GTX 480's on a single corsair HX1000 watt with core i7, 12gb of ram and a couple hard drives no problem.
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with the 3 gtx's under furmark its going to be very close 12v wattage wise :)
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Well I would only get a killawatt PSU if he planed on getting a second GPU. You can run 3 GTX 480's on a single corsair HX1000 watt with core i7, 12gb of ram and a couple hard drives no problem.
Wouldn't this "draw" be more than Quad SLi 295's? I know Quad SLi 295's on an OC'd I7 is getting close to what a Corsair HX 1kW can / should handle.....everything I've been reading has stated min 1.2 kW for a Tri SLi 480 arrangement...although this could be Conservative numbers I suppose..
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Well the guys at Corsair said it is possible though you would be near the limit. The HX1000 watt can draw more than 1000 watts. I wouldn't recommend it but just saying it is possible.
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Yeah I think these HX 1's are pretty powerful units....lots of folks claim not to run Tri Sli 280's or Quad Sli 295's on an OC'd I7.....but we all know its fine.....don't know about tri Sli 480's though, may get away with it...but for how long...1.2kW would be safer indeed, BUT whoa....the heat, although I'm sure we'll see some Tri Sli arrangements start to show up ;)
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Wouldn't this "draw" be more than Quad SLi 295's? I know Quad SLi 295's on an OC'd I7 is getting close to what a Corsair HX 1kW can / should handle.....everything I've been reading has stated min 1.2 kW for a Tri SLi 480 arrangement...although this could be Conservative numbers I suppose..
A single GTX480 approaches the power consumption of a GTX295. Three 480s certainly will use more power than a pair of 295s. However, 1000W will be enough for an overclocked i7 rig with three GTX480s.
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Well the guys at Corsair said it is possible though you would be near the limit. The HX1000 watt can draw more than 1000 watts. I wouldn't recommend it but just saying it is possible.
The HX1000 is not meant to supply more than 1000W of power and should never be used as such.
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