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Now that prices for GTX480 ect have been slashed, many people who couldn't afford these cards before, now can! This series, especially the 470/480s require a few tricks to oc and get the most out of them. This club is for discussion on how to deal with the the GTX 400 series. I receive a brand new EVGA GTX480 in the morning. Let the games begin!

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cdawall - 3 gtx470s
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In with my couple of 470's.
 
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I'll try to add some structure to this thread when I get time. For now, just list which card you have, maybe add a screenshot of gpuz. Perhaps we could show our max stable oces, and maybe a Vantage run!
Let's add 3DMark11 scores as well!
 
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First discussion I'd like to have, is what bios to use for unlocking voltage on my EVGA card. Any ideas, please throw them out!
 

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Should be the evga superclock bios.
 

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all three of the 470s I had from EVGA were ready to go with voltage, you just had to turn on the over voltage in MSI AB.
 
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I swear there was a thread about 400 series ...
Anyway, I'm in.
Two reference GTX 480
Stock clocks
Stock voltage (load): 0.987v
 
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Nice, and I tried to find a clubhouse, but only one for gtx460 owners....
or, that's all I could find....
 
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And clayomax, that looks like a nice vid, have you tried to oc those things? Although with 2, not much point....
 
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And clayomax, that looks like a nice vid, have you tried to oc those things? Although with 2, not much point....
Most of the GTX 480 have this voltage. Some batches at launch needed a higher voltage to reach stock clocks resulting in rather hot and noisy cards (especially some EVGA) with little room for overclocking. If your card has a 0.987 voltage you can expect it to do 800mhz at minimum. The highest I reached was 921mhz with 1.138v and the fans at 100%. Don't bother with the memory, it won't overclock well and adds heat to the card preventing you from reaching a higher core clock, at least this is my experience.
 
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I have two GTX470's folding in my spare right now. Both are at their max stock voltage stable 725MHz. One at 1.037v and the other at 0.987v.
 

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downloading vantage as we speak since my DVD copy is a bit old...



Trying those clocks until I get on water.
 
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Most of the GTX 480 have this voltage. Some batches at launch needed a higher voltage to reach stock clocks resulting in rather hot and noisy cards (especially some EVGA) with little room for overclocking. If your card has a 0.987 voltage you can expect it to do 800mhz at minimum. The highest I reached was 921mhz with 1.138v and the fans at 100%. Don't bother with the memory, it won't overclock well and adds heat to the card preventing you from reaching a higher core clock, at least this is my experience.
Yeah I figured since they use slower clocking ddr5 ram on these, ocing them is just going to make heat. Wish it was faster ram. So I'm hoping I've got a newer stock card with the low voltage... crossing fingers!
 

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Phsyx is off for this one

 
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Nice, now I'd like to see if physx runs better on 4 series than 2 series!
 
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Okay, my basemark... my sli gtx285s at stock. I'll compare to my gtx480 tomorrow:

And yes, physx is on, I'll have to do a 2nd without.
Edit: okay that's my 285s at max oc actually... forgot to downclock them. Sad kind of....
Edit2: I'm going to add 3dmark11 as well.
Edit3: cdawall, my test at extreme shows 1920x1200 res, what is yours?
Edit4: Default settings as presented by Vantage for my system:
 
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Okay, my basemark... my sli gtx285s at stock. I'll compare to my gtx480 tomorrow:
http://img.techpowerup.org/120930/Sli285s.png
And yes, physx is on, I'll have to do a 2nd without.
Edit: okay that's my 285s at max oc actually... forgot to downclock them. Sad kind of....
Edit2: I'm going to add 3dmark11 as well.
Edit3: cdawall, my test at extreme shows 1920x1200 res, what is yours?
Edit4: Default settings as presented by Vantage for my system:
http://img.techpowerup.org/120930/vantage285s1.png
Extreme on Vantage is 1900x1200 if I remember well.
 

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Edit3: cdawall, my test at extreme shows 1920x1200 res, what is yours?
Mines normal extreme settings. Only thing I didn't do was run the feature tests since they don't affect the score.



Remember my cards are@800mhz as well that's a pretty sizable overclock.
 
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this is my max benchable single 470, under water ofcourse-




this is my 24/7 gaming settings-



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it plays battlefield 3 just fine with high settings and 1920x1080. i had a second for sli, but i just wasnt happy with the increase i got. with vsync on, i run steady 60fps. no reason to upgrade yet, as much as i want to.
 

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I can't wait to see what mine do under water. I'm tempted to volt mod the memory up since the Asus card sucks.
 
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Arg, one more day for me I think. It seems Ncix is successfully clearing out stock on these... none left in BC, so they finally shipped one from Ontario. So my 480 is currently on a cross-Canada trip!
 
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got time to tinker with it tomorrow?
 
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Of course! The wait is killing me.... Looks like getting a 2nd one is going to be a pain.
 
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i did mod the bios on my gtx470 to allow higher voltage. i can max it at 1.212 volts. but i game at 1.175 and 900mhz on the core and 1076mhz on the ram. but if i push things any higher i get random crashes in bf3. temps never go above 55-58c under water. but really i have no need to go higher the game runs smooth and looks great.