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GTX 480 Water Block Roundup

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Posted October 4, 2010 by Jake in Cooling

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Introduction

When we saw Nvidia release their flagship Fermi graphics card, the GTX480, it definitely proved to be the fastest single graphics card on the market. It packs a substantial amount of horsepower but it’s also known to produce very high temperatures. Frankly, it’s like a little space heater in your case, and you could literlly cook an egg on this card. To attempt to counteract the heat output, the GTX 480 comes with a massive heatsink cooler, but that’s just a Band-Aid solution. If you really want to cool this beast and get the most out of it then you can’t beat water cooling for daily use.

Liquid cooling a graphics card typically results in a substantial decrease in temperatures and it’s certainly a good move, but the critical piece of the cooling puzzle lies in choosing the right water block to do the job. There is a good selection of GPU water blocks on the market to choose from, but which one is the best for you?

That’s what we are looking at today in our GTX 480 water block roundup. We have full coverage blocks from the top companies on the market, ranging in price from $85 to $135 and various aesthetics to suit just about any preference. We’re going to load each one onto the test bench and find out which is best suited to cool the mini furnace known as the GTX 480.

We’d like to thank the following companies for supplying the samples in today’s roundup:

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