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Monday, 11 October 2010 10:45

Point of View / TGT GTX 480 Beast reviewed - 10. Overclocking, Consumption, Thermals

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: GTX 480 Beast is the fastest Fermi around

Overclocking, Consumption, Thermals

Of course, many will want to know about GPU temperatures, as this hasn’t quite been the selling point of GTX 480 cards. Our today’s card however, comes with water cooling, which promises to change that. The water cooling system included a PPS Plus 12V Pump (Innovatek / Eheim) and a radiator with three silent Ebm-Papst 4412 F/2GL fans.


Power consumption and performance-per-watt ratio on GTX 480 cards have received more than enough criticism and the following table shows exactly why. It’s perfectly normal and expected for an overclocked GTX 480 Beast to draw more power than the reference GTX 480, although we must admit we’re still hoping that Nvidia’s next generation high end cards will draw less power.


We used default voltages during our testing, which on the GTX 480 Beast’s GPU were at 1100mV.


The following photo shows GPU temperatures during FurMark testing. Note that this is the worst case scenario solely for testing purposes, and you’re not likely to replicate this in everyday work.



The GTX 480 Beast ran stable at 880MHz GPU and 4300MHz memory, and all that without meddling with voltages.



Pushing the voltage to 1125mV did just enough to make the GPU run stable at 895MHz, with GPU temperatures staying at 68°C. 1138mV didn’t change the scenario and not even 1150mV helped the GPU run stable beyond 895MHz.


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+1 #1 Nerdmaster 2010-10-11 14:33
I am curious if it can beat Cayaman. Probably will be on par! (but Cayaman will cost 100 - 200 bucks less for sure)
0 #2 Dev 2010-10-11 18:36
NV needs some new powerful cards with 104 architect to compete.......
btw i was thinking 2 c some overclocked performance benchmark as well ...
+1 #3 thomasg 2010-10-12 03:54
Does it come with the radiator/water pump, or do you gotta have your own?
+1 #4 blandead 2010-10-12 05:51
Quoting thomasg:
Does it come with the radiator/water pump, or do you gotta have your own?

of course not... you have to have that in first place to buy a watercooled edition card. just comes with the plate for gpu. Those alone usually cost a lot. I don't see anything special about this besides a waste of money. New generation is coming out soon. I'd wait for 28nm if going with Nvidia then they could probably do wonders, but they are just stuck right now. Point of View / TGT seems like a great company though I would love to see what they do with next-gen NV cards.
0 #5 thomasg 2010-10-13 15:41
Well it would have been a deal for a whole self-contained water-cooled card. They do make water-cooled cards like that, but if this one isn't, it just isn't worth the price premium.

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