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I would really lilke to know, (based on your personal experience, as well as any reviews you could direct me to), which aftermarket cooler is best for the 4870 512mb ...

I especially appreciate it, if you guys could throw in a GPUZ sensor screener, so that I can check all temperatures.

Thank you!
 

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accelero S1 works, just that whatever you get make sure it cools the VRM's.

Good coolers like the VF900 dont work, because they dont cool the VRM's well enough.
 
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any ideas on thermalright t-rad 2 ?

and crossfire options on that accelero S1 ?
 

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any ideas on thermalright t-rad 2 ?

and crossfire options on that accelero S1 ?
no idea about the t-rad 2, as for crossfire its possible - you just break/cut a fin or two that gets in the way.
 

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U can also try the SCYTHE MUSHASI!I have it and its great.Keeps my vmod 4850 really cool.Check my specs!
As for CROSSFIRE it only occupies 1 slot so it will have no difference with your stock cooler.
Its really silent and has EVERY possible heatsink for the VRM!!!
 
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@theorw thanks man! I 'll look into it! any links to a MUSHASI + 4870 reviews ?
 

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thanks...
I am at work, and for some stupid reason, all search engines are locked, while some forums can be reached! :wtf:
ah no probs.

Checked out the thermalright, it seems to be great but not good for crossfire.
 

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ah no probs.

Checked out the thermalright, it seems to be great but not good for crossfire.
Height problem, I suppose! thanks again...

I am starting to think that I 'll just mod the c**p out of the existing coolers and mind you I have two 4870 TOXICs :D
 
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Have you tried just changing out the thermal paste with some Arctic Cooling MX-2 or AS5? That can make a tremendous difference in temps. Also if you don't mind a little more noise swapping the fan out for something than can push alot more air.

If this is the card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...eon HD 4870 100243-1GTXSR Video Card - Retail, the HSF looks pretty good. I've been eyeing those Scythe for a couple days cause these Zalman VF-900's just aren't cutting it.
 

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I'm trying to find THIN 3rd party cards... in order to use my PCI slots, i need a cooler as thin as the stock cooler (of my powercolors, not sure how they compare to reference) but the fan has to be located near the rear, not in the bloody middle.

If i use a PCI card where the fan is now, the fan on the card is literally sucking air off the PCI card.
 
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I'm trying to find THIN 3rd party cards... in order to use my PCI slots, i need a cooler as thin as the stock cooler (of my powercolors, not sure how they compare to reference) but the fan has to be located near the rear, not in the bloody middle.

If i use a PCI card where the fan is now, the fan on the card is literally sucking air off the PCI card.
That is exactly why I had to get rid of my X-fi Titanium cause the top card was just suckin air off the back of it and I never so lower than 51 Celcius, now running 43 Celcius at idle.

Since I let it go I think I'm going to get the Azuntech Forte since it has a HTPC design to the card, and supposedly better sound quality.
 
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Have you tried just changing out the thermal paste with some Arctic Cooling MX-2 or AS5? That can make a tremendous difference in temps. Also if you don't mind a little more noise swapping the fan out for something than can push alot more air.
I am running a crossfire and just for an experiment I changed the bottom cards' thermal paste with AS5... the gpu temp used to be 48C (idle) - 56 C (load), now it is 44C (idle) - 55C (load)
The top card is warmer than that....54C (idle) - 62 C (load), probably cause it sucks hot air from the bottom card...:banghead:

I just want to play around modding both cards to see how low can the temps get!

If this is the card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...eon HD 4870 100243-1GTXSR Video Card - Retail, the HSF looks pretty good. I've been eyeing those Scythe for a couple days cause these Zalman VF-900's just aren't cutting it.
Actually, I have the 512mb version of the Toxic.... and I am not sure I will get a lot better results using another cooler or by modding the vapor-x cooler of the Toxics....

I was hoping for some 4870 temp readings (GPUZ) for specific aftermarket coolers, so that I could decide which cooler to buy and eventually Mod!
 
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I can heartily recommend the AC Twin Turbo, works like a charm, as long as you use something to tape the vrm heatsinks in place, the stock stuff can get a bit loose.

Sorry can't get you any screens, because my card got f'd up and is heading for RMA.

As for x-fire, if you have two slots between the pci-e slots, its fine.
 
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I can heartily recommend the AC Twin Turbo, works like a charm, as long as you use something to tape the vrm heatsinks in place, the stock stuff can get a bit loose.
thank you for the info....:toast:

Sorry can't get you any screens, because my card got f'd up and is heading for RMA.
thats not very...conforting! lol :D
 
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thats not very...conforting! lol :D
I know :laugh:

My problem was, messed up the vrm heatsink installation, one of them dropped, and I think that caused it to die. Now I ordered some Zalman sinks to go on top of them, once I get it back. Vrm temps are about 80-90c on load with this one, idles at core 36c, dispio 36c, memio 43c, shader 40c vrm's 65c. This at 40% fan, at load, mine crancs to 60% and still can't hear it. Load temps are good.

This for starters. A good cooler, if you don't do like me ;)
 

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I can heartily recommend the AC Twin Turbo, works like a charm, as long as you use something to tape the vrm heatsinks in place, the stock stuff can get a bit loose.
You have to clean the ram & vrm's with high% alcool before sticking the heatsinks. Mine did not fall off.
 
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You have to clean the ram & vrm's with high% alcool before sticking the heatsinks.
true.... if the surface isn't clean enough, it won't hold!
 
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True, I only rubbed with an eraser as said in the manual. The ram sinks held just fine, but the vrm's less well. Oh well, we'll see what the RMA people say.
 
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From expericence:

I ran my ATi 4870 512MB Asus with a T-Rad2 and 2 Zalman silent 92mm Fans. The fans where always on low.

Temps: On low
Idle : 23c
Load : 35c (Stalker CS, Max settings)
 
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But it is a big bugger, no?
 

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Processor C2D 8400@ 4,05GHz(currently)1,36v
Motherboard DFI LP x48 DK T2RS
Cooling XIGMATEK 1283 w/ bolt-thru kit/SCYTHE Mushashi x2
Memory Crucial BALLISTIX 6400 @900MHz 2,00v
Video Card(s) HD 5770 1040/1400 unlocked/musashi
Storage SG 120GB+WD 160GB
Display(s) 24" FLATRON W2442PA Full HD
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Power Supply Thermaltake PUREPOWER RX 600
Software Vista ultimate SP1
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I'm trying to find THIN 3rd party cards... in order to use my PCI slots, i need a cooler as thin as the stock cooler (of my powercolors, not sure how they compare to reference) but the fan has to be located near the rear, not in the bloody middle.

If i use a PCI card where the fan is now, the fan on the card is literally sucking air off the PCI card.
Would something like that do?
It is less than 2 slot solution!
 

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System Name StarCruiser Dark Knight
Processor QX9650 @4.4GHz max OC
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Cooling 1x custom W/C loop/ inflow:6x120 /outflow:4x120, 2x200
Memory 8 Gb Geil Esoteria rev.2
Video Card(s) Powercolor LCS 5870
Storage 2 x 500 Gb wd (ext. port), 1 x 1.500 Gb Seagate, 1 X 500GB Seagate, 1 X 500GB Seagate (AC Ryan box)
Display(s) LG M2094D-PZ 20'' HD (1920 X 1080)
Case custom MDF case (I BUILT IT) check sig.....NOW
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Power Supply Tagan 900 watt
Software Win 7 RC / Open office / Games
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