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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by bear jesus, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Patches O'Houlihan

    Patches O'Houlihan New Member

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    Arctic Cooling makes some really good stuff for such a low price. I have AC F fans in my case and they are very quiet, and best of all, CHEAP!

    I almost pulled the trigger on getting the AC Accelero Extreme Plus for the GTX460, but it would've been over-kill, plus it costed ~$25 (with the VR005 bracket) more than the Gelid.
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    460 is already a very cool card imo :)

    i would only get such expensive cooler for higher end cards such as 470, 480, 570, 580, 69xx and so on
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    Are there any good air coolers that take less than 3 slots anymore?
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    Awesome temps, once i get a higher powered card i shall be trying to choose between the accelero xtreme and the thermalright shaman.

    Yes but the bigger the better and the more fans the better :p
  5. Patches O'Houlihan

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    True, true. I only got the aftermarket cooler because the bearings on the OEM fan was faulty and made a horrible sound. Well, also because I like aftermarket shtuff and installing it makes me feel manly.

    I probably won't upgrade my card until this one dies, or if I find one that is incredibly cheap. I got the PNY XLR8 GTX460 1Gb for ~$135 after MIR, no tax, and no S&H.
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    The best dual slot slot coolers are the ones bundled on certain cards- Gigabyte's SOC cooler and MSI's Twin Frozr come to mind. Unfortunately they can't be bought solo (I tried a lot :D), the rest of the aftermarket is pretty much triple slot, but they do perform. If you have the space, go for it.
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    Maybe I should take a ZEROtherm CoolMaxx 2000 off one of my 4830s and try it on my HD 6950? ;) :D
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    It is a shame aftermarket cooling manufacturers are not really thinking about being compact anymore.
    But then the masses will drool over a massive cooler which bends the PCB rather than something understated.
    Right now I am looking at a Twin Turbo Pro which takes up two slots.

    E-Peen upgrades!
    Size does matter!:p
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    In the case of heatsinks, size does usually matter.
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    Open bench unit with a single card side on so size and bending is not a problem, the bigger the cooler the lower the temp the higher the voltage and 24/7 overclock without being too hot...... but i guess a bigger e-peen is always nice :p
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    What I've read indicates that is also a 3 slot cooler.

    And while size does matter, my case and motherboard just won't work more than a 2 slot cooler.

    Probably will just stick with stock cooler.
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    The non pro version took up 3 slots for sure, it literally just about obstructed the 2nd pci-ex16 slot on my old p5q3.


    By the way, putting a zerotherm 2000 on a 6950 would probably result in overheating.
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    In the words of Dave Chappelle, "That shit is ballin', son!"
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    tried removing the metal shim?
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    Thanks for the quick reply.. I looked closely at that part and put thermal paste around that area on the waterblock to make sure it wasn't hitting. Prior to that I set the waterblock on the GPU core with no thermal pads or screws installed, with just the waterblock sitting on the GPU core I can see between the block and the bracket/shim and didn't get any transfer of paste to the shim.. I'm currently looking for non shoulderd/non spring screws that will fit the waterblock to bottom the waterblock out, with maybe some paper/plastic washers inbetween to protect the circuit board.... I don't like the idea of the stock screws allowing the circuit board to flex away from GDDR/VR I can see on my other card that still has the stock cooler installed that the stock thermal paste stuff pulls away from two of the top GDDR chips and the top row of VR's once the PC is set upright.. I'm pretty sure it's because the stock screws/springs are alowing the cooler to pull away about a paper's width where the GPU's circuit board is flexing.
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    I can't count.
    Yes 3 slots.
    1 slot for the card and 2 slots for the cooler.
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    Nick [D]vB New Member

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    Great thread guys, here are a few junk-yard modz I've done over the years... :D



    My old 8600GT is under there somewhere:

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    My 8800GT RAM sinks cost me a fortune:

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    My 5850 really needed a full-coverage block, but I went with an old i7 sink, and a zip-tie:

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    This last one is a bit off-topic, my crazy Akasa Revo water mod:

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    I really need to get out more...

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    wow some crazy stuff
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    rofl is this a joke? or real? :laugh:
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    Nick [D]vB New Member

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    What do you mean? I got them on eBay, they cost me £20, each. The guy also wanted to sell me some magic beans, but I wasn't hungry... ;)
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