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 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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