1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

The GTX 400 owners club!

Discussion in 'techPowerUp! Club Forum' started by johnspack, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. trt740

    trt740

    Joined:
    May 12, 2006
    Messages:
    10,935 (3.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,113
    Im selling my GTX 480. It is just to big of a power hog, great card but hot. I just picked up a MSI Hawk GTX 460 TWINFR for 70.00. So, I will pocket some cash and hopefully not skip a beat.
  2. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Talk to Buck, he's trying to get one more for me, maybe we can make a deal if you can wait a month.
  3. trt740

    trt740

    Joined:
    May 12, 2006
    Messages:
    10,935 (3.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,113
    It is not for sale yet but maybe very soon we will see.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
    johnspack says thanks.
  4. Flibolito

    Flibolito

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    728 (0.33/day)
    Thanks Received:
    84
    The reason power consumption scales with temps is that the hotter a conductor get the more resistance there is which in turn breeds more heat. Higher voltages are required then to keep them working with increase temps/resistances further. It's an up hill battle. My 480 stays under 45C at all times so consumption goes down, but then again i have to run a pump and radiator fans. Can't beat physics nothing is free. :p

    Super-conducting states are excluded.
  5. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Still think I got lucky with a lower than average vid... 861/1722 at 1.05v ain't nothing to sneeze at! On another train of thought.... trying to test physx with and without a 260 in the mix.. not sure what is a good way to test? I tried newest version of fluidmark, and I get 90fps when using the 480 for physx, and 60fps when I use the 260... so maybe it's not properly simulating a physx game where the main tasks are on the 480 and physx is on the 260? I have to run a pile of games now to figure this out.....
    Edit: nevermind, I found a game that showed it to me, 60fps av using the 480, 80fps av using the 260. Nice improvement, so the 260 stays for now!
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  6. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Well, this card may be old tech ect, but I can throw supersampling, and even 32x csaa on some games, and still get 50fps or more.... I couldn't use any of that on my sli 285s, this is a dam strong card, and for $179can, really worth it! Having fun testing the hoo hoos out out of this thing!
  7. Wrigleyvillain

    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Messages:
    7,660 (3.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,767
    Location:
    Chicago
    Was thinking about running a few benches for this thread...and it's a perfect night as it is cold today but not yet ready to flip on the heat for the first time this season! :D
  8. [Ion]

    [Ion] WCG Team Assistant

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    11,787 (6.51/day)
    Thanks Received:
    10,889
    Location:
    North Carolina, United States
    Count me in! I'm running two GTX460s and a GTX470. Pictures here
    Crunching for Team TPU
  9. Flibolito

    Flibolito

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    728 (0.33/day)
    Thanks Received:
    84
    Try 1.12-1.135 volt. your temps are still good just to see if you have hit the wall on that chip. 880+ maybe doable for gaming. From my experience that's well within safe ranges as long as temps don't go crazy on you. Like is said I have been @960+MHz and 1.168v for more than 2.3 years and no issues. Just a suggestion don't want you to hurt anything 860MHz is still a very strong 480. At that speed it would be slightly stronger than a GTX580 @790MHz ishh.
    The 580 needs about 70Mhz less to attain very similar performance so not too bad bro.
  10. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Yeah, seems to hit the wall at 875, bummer. But below that it happily runs at 1.05v with the nice cool temps. I haven't tried above 1.1v yet, but not sure it's worth the gain. Might try just for a bench run. I didn't realize these cards have a locked core/shader ratio, don't remember reading that anywhere! Well after digging through some reviews I saw it is mentioned, so guess I missed that little tidbit of info....
  11. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Oh well. Tried pumping 1.138v into it, still not stable at 900. Guess I'll have to be happy with my 860 at 1.05v!
  12. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Heh, tried a certain game that I complained killed my sli 285s... in the 20s at times... on this card I was able to actually increase settings to ultra, and add 2x ssaa forced, and 60+fps now. Jeez, I had no idea it was this much faster. Can't wait until I can afford 680s!
  13. claylomax

    claylomax

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,599 (1.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    259
    Location:
    London
    Which is your max overclock on stock voltage?
    Also when applying 1.138v you must have the fan at 100% (assuming your card is reference); it should be able to do at least 900mhz. Is your room hot?
  14. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    No, ambient temps are quite cool, outside temps are dropping to 0c at night now, and I open windows to bench. On top of that, certain games are unstable at even 850, but all games are stable at 800. Oh well, considering that when I get a 2nd 480 I won't be able to oc anyways, guess it doesn't matter. I get stable in most games at 860/1722, using 100% fan, but certain games just wont take it, like crysis2. I have to drop to 800/1600, but then I can also drop fan speed as temps go way down. Weird card... but fun!
    At 800/1600 I can use the stock vid of 1.025v, for 866/1722 I use 1.050. Don't know why only certain games won't run stable at 866. I probably still need to learn how to tweak it better.....
  15. rangerone766

    rangerone766

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,036 (0.40/day)
    Thanks Received:
    111
    just finished a 2 hour bf3 session at 940mhz on the core and 1.212volts with no issues. i'm using msi afterburner, but my sliders are maxed out. is there a software that will let me set more the 940mhz on a gtx470?
  16. Flibolito

    Flibolito

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    728 (0.33/day)
    Thanks Received:
    84
    Afterburner extreme might.
    John are you OCing the memory at all? I did mine a little but just a tad. Going to high there can make higher GPU overclocks hard and unstable.

    Some game are easier on the GPU than others. Some are more texture heavy, some might use more polygons and some are coded different that stress the gpu in different ways. BC2 and BF3 for a few hours are my stability tests as that are much harder than stress tests and benchmark loops. Battlefield will hit the GPU very hard but also use alot of memory therefore stressing the memory controller more. My 480 will do 985MHz in benchloops but only 970MHz in BF3. I run it at 962MHz just to not be riding on the edge that 1 extra frame doesn't do anything anyway.
  17. cdawall where the hell are my stars

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    20,668 (6.98/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,981
    Location:
    some AF base
  18. claylomax

    claylomax

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,599 (1.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    259
    Location:
    London
    [​IMG]

    Attached Files:

  19. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Yeah, I'm only doing a mild oc on the memory, didn't think it would do much to increase fps anyways. Think I'll just try 1.1v for my oc settings, and see if that stabilizes it. Don't mind the fan at 100% when I game, as I'm wearing closed headphones anyways. Can't believe however after years of really noisy fans at 100% that didn't bother me, I actually have to crank down the fan speed when I'm not gaming. It's realllly loud! Oh, and claylomax, very nice score! But might be easier to compare scores if you update your Vantage to ver 1.1.0, or turn off phsyx.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  20. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Well, that was confirmed. 1.1v I'm rock solid at 860. However temps run between 80 and 84c with fan at 100% and low ambient. So now I have to start dropping volts bit by bit to see what the max is required to maintain 860.
    Edit: Think I may have found sweet spot... again.. 1.088 seems to be ok, I'll keep gaming until I can say for certainty!
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  21. TB13

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    131 (0.13/day)
    Thanks Received:
    35
    In with my GTX 480, no oc yet because it runs so hot, but I am planning on ocing the snot out of it when I get a waterblock. If anyone knows where I can get a used waterblock from let me know!

    [​IMG]
  22. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    Yeah, you'll probably need one, I'm running at 80c+ in games, wish I had watercooling. Of course I'm at 860, but only when gaming.....
  23. TB13

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Messages:
    131 (0.13/day)
    Thanks Received:
    35
    I've overclocked it in the past and managed to hit 100c so I decided it was time for watercooling...
  24. johnspack

    johnspack

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,358 (1.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    850
    Location:
    Nelson B.C. Canada
    I'm finding dx11 games run the hottest, saints row third really heats up my card... [​IMG]
  25. Wrigleyvillain

    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Messages:
    7,660 (3.05/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,767
    Location:
    Chicago
    Makes sense.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page