Originally Posted by chris189
So i've noticed a couple things with this fermi gpu. It runs much hotter than the gtx 200 series. It's a lot louder as well. I pulled apart the cooler on it and lapped the cooler base to make it a little flatter. Then i cleaned it and applied new IC Diamond thermal paste. The heat pipes on the base require a ton of thermalpaste to fill in the cracks which isn't very efficient. The base should be flat copper like the gtx 500 series cooper vapor chamber cooler. Anyway even after doing all that with the overclocked speeds i'm happy with, being 800mhz core clock, 1600mhz shader clock, (850)1700mhz memory clock i'm still getting 90 degree Celsius load temps after 15 minutes of Furmark extreme burn in @ 1920x1080 full screen. This is pushing me into water cooling since I would like to buy another for SLI. I was wondering if you guy's were familiar with water cooling? I want to buy a lga 1366 socket cpu water-block for my 4ghz core i7 and another 2 gpu water blocks. I was wondering if a dual 120mm fan and a high performance pump would be adequite to keep an overclocked i7 and gtx 470 sli under 70 Celsius under load?
I was thinking about water cooling my system at one point....I came to find out that for my Phenom II x4 940 and dual GTX 280s I'd need at least a 3x120mm radiator to provide enough cooling (or a 2x120mm and a 1x120mm). If you were running a single GPU, the a 2x120 would be enough. Adding that second card would really be pushing it.
Only thing really keeping me from going this route is money...plus I'd have to mod my case to fit a 3x120 radiator to it....and I just don't have the patients for something like that.
On a side note:
I pushed my GTX 280s to 681/1470/1185 (best stable clocks I can reach without having to mod the voltage) and I gained about 600 points to my GPU score for 3DMark Vantage. I'd post a pic, but I was too lazy and tired to do so.