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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AKwyn 4 years ago

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

Inspector 4 years ago

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!

acarzt 4 years ago

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.

Lev_Astov 4 years ago

Yes, please.

InfinityzeN 4 years ago

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.

lonewolf 4 years ago


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.


realneil 4 years ago

Nice card.

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

fat78 4 years ago

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

AKwyn 4 years ago

[quote user="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.

acarzt 4 years ago

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 :-\

fat78 4 years ago

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


acarzt 4 years ago

go mow some lawns lol

fat78 4 years ago

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

acarzt 4 years ago

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

fat78 4 years ago

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

acarzt 4 years ago

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

vexar 4 years ago

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.

acarzt 4 years ago

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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