- Jul 13, 2008
Yeah - the problem of the GTX 480 is that it wasn't facing the 4890 but the 5870.yeah, but nobody said 4890 was quiet either. the fact is if noise is a concern, one could have easily grabbed a cheap s1 rev2 from ewiz for under $20 + some cheap 120mm and get the job done with overclocking and all. for 480gtx, there are only substantially more expensive aftermarket cooling options are available, not even sure if it would be safe to dump all that heat back inside the case. the card was already commanding a huge premium (at one point anyway), so an additional expense on top of that might have seemed a bit excessive.
as for me, I did get my 4850s stock cooler replaced A.S.A.P. if had enough $$$ to get the 480 at launch, I would have absolutely made sure that I get some water cooling to go with that.