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Old 03-30-2009, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need a 8800GTX cooler

My Dad's 8800GTX is getting pretty hot with the stock cooler. He's hitting 90*C+ on load. He wanted me to pick out a cooler for him, but I'm a bit out of the loop on VGA coolers.

So, what's a good, cheap cooler for the 8800GTX? We looked at the Zalman VF1000, but I guess you need to buy the RAM sink kit they sell too which adds up to like $70, that's too much.

Also, I don't want one of those massive ones that take up like 4 expansion bays, lol.

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Old 03-30-2009, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need a 8800GTX cooler

thats actually pretty normal for that card. Download evga precision tuner or rivatuner and turn the fan up some.
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Those temps are with the fan at 100%.
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I assume you've already blew it out with canned air or something? That' helps a lot.
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Yeah we did, didn't really help much. His case has pretty poor airflow. Only a 120mm front intake, which is behind like 3 hard drives, and then an 80mm side and one rear 120mm exhaust.

EDIT: Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING ACCEL X8800 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler - VGA Cooling

Is this any good?
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Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler - VGA Cooling

Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Turbo Module Sleeve Dual VGA Fan - VGA Cooling

You may want to remove the PCI slot covers from the case to give the fan some air, too. Maybe even add a side fan or vent for it.
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lol that thing is massive though. 8 1/2" wide? Good god.

I showed him the TRAD, and it's a maybe.

For now we're going to take the cooler all apart and clean it very thoroughly and replace the thermal grease and see what that gets us.
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I'm running that on my card. It's not really that big. The 8800GTX is bigger than my card, so I know it will work fine on it. It would also blow on the GDDR of the card if you mount it hanging down.
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Do you have any pics of it mounted?
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Unfortunately not and my case is a real pain to drag out of this desk. I don't have any PCI cards in my case, so room is not a problem for me.

This page has some shots of it mounted. [H] Enthusiast - Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev.2

Correction on what I said above... I don't have the turbo fan on mine; I have a 120mm fan zip-tied to it. Cheaper and cools better. My case doesn't have a side window, so it doesn't matter if it looks ghetto.
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