2 GTX 480's on DangerDen Water Blocks

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Guys,

I just purchased two badass Geforce 780 Ti's that I'm going to run on air in SLi. I deconstructed my water system and have 2 GTX 480's with DangerDen water blocks. I'm wondering about the performance difference that I might see by this upgrade. The cards should arrive tomorrow. I know the 480's are a few generations behind, but I was able to push my 3 30" Dells at 7680 res quite well. Only had an issue when AA settings and other details were maxxed at that res.. then I slowed to a crawl lol...

Also I'm trying this on air first before moving into another WC track for this case as I'm not sure what I will do later, WC, change case / change board / change CPU/Ram etc...

Thanks,

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Rizen

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It's a huge upgrade. No more VRAM limitations, the cards run cooler and quieter, and they are a lot faster individually.
 

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Nice. Thanks a lot. So you said individually, your not a fan of them in SLi?
I meant that individually a single 780 is much faster than a 480. You said "2 GTX 480s" in your title but then "3 GTX 480s" in your post so I am not sure exactly how many you have :) But either way 2-way SLI with 780s will be faster.

And I like SLI personally, my last two NVIDIA setups were 580 SLI and 680 SLI.
 
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I meant that individually a single 780 is much faster than a 480. You said "2 GTX 480s" in your title but then "3 GTX 480s" in your post so I am not sure exactly how many you have :) But either way 2-way SLI with 780s will be faster.

And I like SLI personally, my last two NVIDIA setups were 580 SLI and 680 SLI.

Oh yes sorry lol... my middle card fried so the 3rd card was not counted... so was comparing the SLi setup between both 480's and the 780's... After a lot more research I see I bought one of the best cards that you could possibly get. So I know I'll be pleased and be able to probably squeak another 2 years out of this system before replacing cpu/ram / board etc.. keeping the cards... just have to deal with the heat...:rolleyes:
 

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I did some research a while ago because I also wanted to switch out my SLI 480 system, 1 GTX 780Ti is on average 30-50% faster than the SLI 480's I may get bashed for this but it is true on 1600p, so 2 GTX 780Ti .. god bless that performance and good luck with your purchase.
 
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I did some research a while ago because I also wanted to switch out my SLI 480 system, 1 GTX 780Ti is on average 30-50% faster than the SLI 480's I may get bashed for this but it is true on 1600p, so 2 GTX 780Ti .. god bless that performance and good luck with your purchase.

Thanks...I've been working all morning getting the water parts out and putting in the fans... looking forward to seeing what these bad boys will do. UPS had a delivery to another house, and so I ran outside and am like "Dude!, anything on there for this house??" He's like..no ... lol... so I'm probably scheduled on the last delivery out...figures lol :D
 

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Thanks...I've been working all morning getting the water parts out and putting in the fans... looking forward to seeing what these bad boys will do. UPS had a delivery to another house, and so I ran outside and am like "Dude!, anything on there for this house??" He's like..no ... lol... so I'm probably scheduled on the last delivery out...figures lol :D

They always make you wait for the good stuff :D
I ordered a couple SSD's a few weeks back, and when I seen UPS leave an amazon package at my neighbors house, I had to go over there to make sure it wasn't mine (it was not) Mine came about 3 hours after.

You will have to report back with your results, once you get them bad boys up and running. Good luck!
 

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A single 780ti is faster than all of your 480's combined, so you should see a massive upgrade. Mine works perfectly, I haven't even felt the need to overclock it yet.
 

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I'm still running tri-SLI 480's on water as well. The new 780 Ti is a compelling reason to finally upgrade if one card can really replace all three 480's. I'll miss my sauna though...

Think the 480's are worth anything? I have 3 with blocks and a spare one with the stock air cooler on it still.
 
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A single 780ti is faster than all of your 480's combined, so you should see a massive upgrade. Mine works perfectly, I haven't even felt the need to overclock it yet.

They always make you wait for the good stuff :D
I ordered a couple SSD's a few weeks back, and when I seen UPS leave an amazon package at my neighbors house, I had to go over there to make sure it wasn't mine (it was not) Mine came about 3 hours after.

You will have to report back with your results, once you get them bad boys up and running. Good luck!

I'm still running tri-SLI 480's on water as well. The new 780 Ti is a compelling reason to finally upgrade if one card can really replace all three 480's. I'll miss my sauna though...

Think the 480's are worth anything? I have 3 with blocks and a spare one with the stock air cooler on it still.

Thanks Guys... and yes on the delivery...I'm still waiting... ugh...

On the 480's not sure who is buying used near 2 generation old vid cards with used water blocks... I shelved mine... Looking at what I spent water cooling those sauna's lol if air works out, meaning if I can deal with the noise of 2 Ti's running at 80% I'll be very very very happy. Water cooling, even with disconnects, is a real pain in the ass. And you all are right, that heat has to go somewhere...so if the noise is good...I'm staying on air and just leave a water block H70 on my cpu which rocks...
 

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I'm still running tri-SLI 480's on water as well. The new 780 Ti is a compelling reason to finally upgrade if one card can really replace all three 480's. I'll miss my sauna though...

Think the 480's are worth anything? I have 3 with blocks and a spare one with the stock air cooler on it still.

One 780 ti isn't faster than tri-sli 480s in most games though it is close performance wise. One is faster than two 480s though. GTX 480s sell for around $90-120 depeding on where you sell them. Might have trouble getting rid of them though if you don't have the original air coolers as an old card with a waterblock is a pretty niche market.
 
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