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Recommended graphics card cooler.

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Robert, 3 Feb 2006.

  1. Robert

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    Basically I've been having some graphics problems lately and I want to try and eliminate heat as an issue (not entirely sure). So what are good all-in-one solutions?
     
  2. hartty

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    Zalman FS-V7 Fatal1ty Copper VGA Cooler is one of the best around and if thats a bit expensive then Zalman VF700-ALCU Quiet Copper/Aluminium VGA is very good
     
  3. ethan

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  4. AWPC

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    The Zalman is totally silent plus it gives you the option of using either the 2 or 3 pin fan header to increase cooling/lower the noise. On the low speed 2 pin connection my old AGP6800GT256 was totally silent and 20C lower temps than the stock cooler. On average they give 10-20C better performance than std stock coolers (exception to this is the 7800GTX512 stock heatpipe cooler as that is silent so no need to put a zalman on one of those).
     
  5. Robert

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    How do you put the ram sinks on? Do you just use the thermal paste to stick it on?
     
  6. Vogon

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    Zalman gets my vote too :)
    Ramsinks come supplied with self adhesive thermal tape pads.
     
  7. Logsi

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    Ive got the Fatal1ty and its great, very stressful to put on though. But well worth the trouble.
     
  8. Vogon

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    Stressfull ??
    It's a piece of cake to install :)
     
  9. Logsi

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    I found it stressful, was easy to put on but i was stressed nonetheless because it was my first time putting it one on my GFX card.
     
  10. pieman109

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    I've installed three zalman Vf700 cu coolers and they have all worked a treat, great cooling and quiet too. I'm looking to put one of the new VF900 cu coolers on me X1900XT when they're available. I think the fata1ty versions are a bit overpriced imho and don't offer anymore "real world" cooling than the vf700.
     
  11. Robert

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    What are nominal temperatures for an X800XT? I can't install any driver set over 5.9 (catalyst) without getting problems in Counterstrike source or Battlefield 2 (trackmania seems to play OK)...so I'm going to try replacing the fan. As my GPU temp goes to 80 in a game. So hopefully replacing the fan will work.
     
  12. Vogon

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    Actually they do ... the fan is faster so it does cool better ..but yes they are overpriced, unfortunaly they dont make a non-fatal1ty with the same speed fan :)
     
  13. Robert

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    Can anyone answer my question please?
     
  14. Vegeta

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    I think 80 might be safe but I wouldnt want my gpu running at that, in the 70's tops but i'd like mine in the 60's and lower
     
  15. hartty

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    I would send it back mate cos if it dont fix the problem then your screwed on the rma front
     
  16. KizZ

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  17. Robert

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    Hartty - the reason I'm fitting a new fan is that it's out of warranty, as it's just over a year old!
     
  18. hartty

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    oh ok