EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review - HotHardware

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

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Overclocking 
Push it to the limit

Overclocking is not an exact science. When it comes to overclocking headroom, every GPU is different. And just because your friend's GTX 480 hit 900MHz doesn't mean that yours will, even using the same settings and hardware. Many factors can influence what a video card is capable of, starting with the unique capability of each GPU. These factors may also include complementary components within the system, but we find the primary influence is the type of cooling used on the graphics card.






To overclock the Hydro Copper FTW, we used two excellent utilities from EVGA. Precision is a GPU overclocking and real-time monitoring utility that allows fine tuning of the core, shader, and memory frequency. It also provides independent or synchronous fan controls for multi-GPU systems. You can save up to 10 profiles with the ability to assign hotkeys for in-game access. We also used EVGA E-LEET tuning utility which allows GTX 480 voltage adjustments, as well as PWM frequency modification.

We found stability at an impressive 944MHz core and 1125MHz memory frequency with voltage set at 1.175V. That's a 26% GPU overclock over the rated speed of the Hydro Copper FTW video card, and a 35% increase over the reference design speed clock  These settings allowed us to game and run benchmarks with no issues. E-LEET offered higher levels of voltage settings, and although our temps remained in check, we refrained from pushing our luck further. 

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I remember this coming out on launch day, I'm surprised you haven't done a review of this sooner.

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Ya, we even talked about it :P

But a review is better then none :). They should of buffed up the card with water cooling... :D it only runs a bit tad faster form the benches. but it does take up more power!

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while it would be nice to have this for how quiet it is... for an economic point of view it just make more sense to pick up 2 GTX 460s and be faster for less.

You can even add a 3rd one for only $40 more than this thing is.

Then over clock them and you'll be smokin.

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Yes, please.

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Until the refresh comes out, I think I will be avoiding Nvidia's 400 series cards.  Man they suck down some serious power.  Though the new GF104 spin is looking very nice and I'm hoping they can use it to build a replacement for the 480.

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Not bad numbers put up here. I still wish Nvidia could get their power levels of Fermi down to ATI level. One good thing about buying a factory water cooled card is that if there ever is a mishap like a spring leak you are covered it also helps this is a EVGA card and they do stand behind their cards. 

I wonder if EK makes water blocks for Fermi, they always were the go to company from what I remember. I like that sweet looking nickel plated water block they used to make.

 

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Nice card.

expensive and also a bit of a PITA, but good performance specs too.

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I entered all the evga contest for there 11th anniversary  contests hoping i would win something like the 480.

Dought i will win but still can dream. lol

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fat78:

I entered all the evga contest for there 11th anniversary  contests hoping i would win something like the 480.

Dought i will win but still can dream. lol

I entered the scavenger hunt too. But the other two contests require you to make a wallpaper or play Battlefield Bad Company 2, things that I can't do at the moment. And anyways there still hope, the contest hasn't ended yet.

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I entered one of the scavenger hunt contests before... there are so many people you're competing against tho... it makes the odds of you winning pretty low :-\

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