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The Fermi Heat and Noise Tamed

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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:30:06 PM

I was browsing Performance-PCs, I love that store, today and ran across something interesting:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Now usually I skip over every single universal VGA air cooler because they almost never include cooling for the RAM sinks or VRMs, which makes for many problems, especially with the hot-VRM 5xxx series.

However, this one includes it. So I looked up a review and was honestly astounded:
http://www.futurelooks.com/gelid-solutions-icy-vision-g...



That's right, during looping Heaven 2.1 benchmarks the GTX 480 only got up to 59c, and hit 74c during Furmark, compared to 92c and 102c respectively stock!



The loudest the GPU cooler ever got was quieter than the idling stock cooler!



My god, those temps on a GTX 480 at such minuscule sound levels! And only for $55! That is a serious bargain.

I don't know if this was posted earlier, but god damn that's awesome! For only $55 can fix the major problems of the GTX 470 and GTX 480. I'm not sure how well an SLI setup would work, but I am almost certain that if you have an expansion slot between your two main PCIe slots (Something I demand for any SLI or CFX motherboard) and a non-rigid SLI connector you will be fine, as the cooler isn't quite a 3 slot design.

Thoughts?

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a c 273 U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:40:20 PM

:)  Nice find but as it doesn't fix the GTX480's broken cores I'm still not going to buy one. :lol: 
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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:43:15 PM

Mousemonkey said:
:)  Nice find but as it doesn't fix the GTX480's broken cores I'm still not going to buy one. :lol: 


Are you referring to the 480 cores instead of 512 or is there an issue plaguing the GTX 480 that I don't know about?

Besides at its current power consumption, I'll stick with the 480 cores, its only a 7% increase, it may be able to OC higher anyway.
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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:44:16 PM

On a side note, anyone notice the GTX 48 is $450-$460 off the Egg right now? Seems like a good price actually, I always felt it was a $450 card not a $500 card.
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a c 126 U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:52:30 PM

Yes but does it fix the heat problems with the especially hot 5xxx series VRM's?
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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:53:35 PM

It has VRM cooling, so it should be great for the 5xxx series if your so inclined.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:53:50 PM

AMW1011 said:
Are you referring to the 480 cores instead of 512 or is there an issue plaguing the GTX 480 that I don't know about?

Yes. Don't get me wrong, I love Nvidia cards but I am not going near the 4xx series until they give us one with a fully enabled GPU. It doesn't detract from the fact that what's currently available is as fast or faster than it's ATi counterpart, I'm just not such an enthusiast that I will spend my hard earned on a card that is not all it can be due to bits of it not working properly.
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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 8:56:30 PM

This fellow tested it as well, along with the Zotac AMP 480 with its triple slot cooler. If I chose to buy a gpu at this price point, I would definitely seek out that model.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xiVMs_18w
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a c 126 U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 9:08:17 PM

AMW1011 said:
It has VRM cooling, so it should be great for the 5xxx series if your so inclined.


Wow..That certainly is impressive! :ouch: 
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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 9:31:30 PM

notty22 said:
This fellow tested it as well, along with the Zotac AMP 480 with its triple slot cooler. If I chose to buy a gpu at this price point, I would definitely seek out that model.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xiVMs_18w



Yeah I was going to post the Linus video. +1
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a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2010 11:43:38 PM

notty22 said:
This fellow tested it as well, along with the Zotac AMP 480 with its triple slot cooler. If I chose to buy a gpu at this price point, I would definitely seek out that model.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xiVMs_18w


Interesting, I'm going to guess that the guy in the video installed the heatsink wrong as those temps are way to high to really make sense. The AMP edition GPU uses a very, very similar cooler and gets much better results.
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July 25, 2010 12:36:50 AM

Awesome piece of hardware, but i don't feel like i should have to buy a seperate cooler for something that i'm already putting 500+ dollars into. (Yea i know we invest in CPU coolers, but that's to be expected right :D )

Other than that, again it's a cool piece of hardware...
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