EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

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EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW ReviewThe EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 looks to eliminate two of the biggest concerns regarding NVIDIA's GF100, heat and noise. Once the custom waterblock from Swiftech affixed to the EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 is added to an existing liquid cooling loop, this videocard runs dead silent and operates at much lower temperatures than its air cooled counterparts. As an added bonus, it comes overclocked right out of the box too, and with further tweaking we expect it to hit even higher levels of performance. Read on as we add this baby to our watercooling loop to see how well it performs in stock form and how far we can push it past its rated speeds...

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 3:10 PM

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

 

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 4:17 PM

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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acarzt replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 5:39 PM

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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Lev_Astov replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 5:53 PM

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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lonewolf replied on Thu, Jul 22 2010 11:26 PM

 

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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realneil replied on Fri, Jul 23 2010 2:46 PM

Nice card.

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

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fat78 replied on Fri, Jul 23 2010 9:11 PM

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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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 12:29 PM

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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acarzt replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 7:06 PM

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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fat78 replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 8:01 PM

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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acarzt replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 10:37 PM

go mow some lawns lol

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fat78 replied on Tue, Jul 27 2010 11:53 PM

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

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 12:42 AM

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

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fat78 replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 12:30 PM

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

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 5:39 PM

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

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vexar replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 6:29 PM

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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acarzt replied on Wed, Jul 28 2010 10:16 PM

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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