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Low-profile cooler for X800GTO?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by AlanJB, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. AlanJB New Member

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    I'm looking to replace the stock cooler on my Sapphire card with something quieter and more efficient and like the look of the Zalman VF700-CU. However I'm not sure if it requires an adjacent slot or not - I've read conflicting descriptions. If it does then I'm screwed as both PCI sockets in my MSI RD480 mainboard are in use. In this case is there an alternative solution?

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  2. Azn Tr14dZ New Member

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    The Zalman VF700-Cu LED requires an adjacent pci slot but it's not really that big. Good cooler too, lowered my temps 12 degrees now i get 36/68(also depends on environment)
     
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    BTW what graphics do you have?
     
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    the bottom line here is better coolers take up two slots.. the extra size is where they get the extra cooling from.. u could try a water cooling option..?? or rig a case fan somehow to blow extra air over the card..

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    Thanks for that. Looks like I'll need to find a PCI-E USB2.0 adapter or use a USB hub if I want to upgrade the cooling then. :(

    This is a Sapphire X800 GTO 256MB with an R430 GPU and 16pp enabled, btw. Not one for o/clocking, but I'm planning to get back into flight sims and expect the gfx card to spend a lot of time under heavy load, hence the upgrade.

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    You can still get decent results overclocking. I overclocked my X800XL(R430) from default of 400/398 to 432/531 and I jumped from 79 fps on HL:2 1280x1024 2AA 4AF to 108 fps 1280x1024 6AA 16AF. Yours might now be like this because this was a huge jump for me, it was unexpected, but you should get about a 5-10 fps increase.
     
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