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2010-07-22T12:04:55Z

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

AKwyn
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2010-07-22T15:10:54Z

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

Inspector
2010-07-22T16:17:12Z

Ya, we even talked about it :P

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

acarzt
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2010-07-22T17:39:12Z

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
2010-07-22T17:53:09Z
InfinityzeN
2010-07-22T19:29:38Z

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
2010-07-22T23:26:17Z

 

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
2010-07-23T14:46:33Z

Nice card.

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

fat78
2010-07-23T21:11:28Z

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
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2010-07-27T12:29:02Z

fat78 wrote:

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
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2010-07-27T19:06:37Z

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
2010-07-27T20:01:43Z

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
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2010-07-27T22:37:22Z

go mow some lawns lol

fat78
2010-07-27T23:53:01Z

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

acarzt
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2010-07-28T00:42:29Z

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