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Review: A peek at NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 in SLI - just how fast is it?

by Tarinder Sandhu on 26 March 2010, 23:00

Tags: GeForce GTX 480, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Temperatures and power considerations



Adding a second card increases idle-power draw by around 100W



And this is why you'll need a high-quality PSU to run the power-hungry cards.

Temperature




We recommend, if possible, spacing the GPUs out so that there's a card-thick gap between the two. Excellent ventilation and a side-mounted fan are essential, too, because two GeForce GTX 480s next to one another push the heatsinks' abilities to the maximum.



The fans also become rather annoying when playing a game. Looking slightly ahead, we can see SI-built GeForce GTX 480 multi-GPU systems being watercooled.