EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review - HotHardware

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

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Power Consumption and Operating Temperatures
How low can you go?



We have good news and bad news here. The bad news should not come as a major surprise as the GTX 480 in its stock form is one power hungry video card. Our results show the overclocked EVGA HC FTW GTX 480 uses even more juice due to higher operating frequencies. But if you're considering this monster card, we can't image a few extra dollars on your electricity bill over the course of a year being a deal breaker. 





The good news is this graphics card runs at very low temps. Of course, every liquid cooling loop is different and ambient temperature is a major factor, but our testing showed impressive results in both idle and load states.  Here is where a water-cooled video card makes its mark. Yes, it costs more. Yes, it requires additional hardware to implement. But, it will operate at much lower temps than its air cooled brethren. The GF100 is a perfect candidate for liquid cooling and can truly reach its potential once temps are kept in check.

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I have been trying to enter all the contest i can find opening to win something lol

trying to see if i can get money for my comptia test. only got 50bucks atm saved. If i win hothardwares contest so selling my old rig for the money

 

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go mow some lawns lol

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Gas cost to much and i dont have a push one because i am not that old

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Find a garage sale.. buy a push mower... mow some lawns... Profit.

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i would just go up to my uncles house and do work around his house instead

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well then what are you waiting for? Get to work! lol

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Two questions, can you add duel monitors to your test results on heat, power, stability. 2 x 24 inches? Can you also put this card through some workstation tests like driving Max 2010, or Maya 2010 or Unreal 3, or Sandbox2 packages?  I had a lot of trouble using the aircooled Evga 480 and had to return it, the Quadro line is over priced for what it does I will never spend my own money on it for home studio work, so I have been trying to find a replacement for the 8800 GTX which takes the abuse of development very very well. I have a Quadro 5800 from work which also held up very well, but I have to take it home and rip apart two computers just so I can do some work at home, which is a major pain. I am willing to pay good money for a great card, but this one seems to be a lemon from what I have used which was air cooled running duel 24's Dell's.

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Pick up a pair of 460s with 1GB of ram.

Run them in SLI, they will be more powerful than a 480 and for less.

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