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Windows 7: Investing in a good Aftermarket GPU cooler


13 Apr 2013   #1

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Investing in a good Aftermarket GPU cooler

I want to know how difficult would it be to switch my GPU reference cooler to a aftermarket one like this
just an example I don't know if I would want this style but I am considering better cooling since I have reference cards and have them clocked pretty high im sure if I do this it might give me some more room to edge some more out of them




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13 Apr 2013   #2
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I've seen those too and I wonder how well they would fit. You know, all 7970's or GTX 690s aren't built the same since each manufacturer adds its owns bits. It would seem they would do more cooling if you're current ones are single fan and have a smaller radiator on the heat sink. the extra stick ons for other little chips may be a good thing too.

We are more than willing to test them out and let us know though.
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13 Apr 2013   #3

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I also was looking into a dual water cooling type deal I seen some on this HD 7970 Water Blocks | Page 1 | Sort By: Product Title A-Z - FrozenCPU.com *

Not sure if that is a better option then what I already posted I mean if you think about it how much more can I gain using water vs a better system with copper pipes and three fans ?
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13 Apr 2013   #4

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After looking around the first one is my best bet so thanks for the input

so I'm looking to spend atleast 190'00 for two of them i'll wait a while though see how my sin city trip turns out
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13 Apr 2013   #5
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After a trip to Lost Wages you may have to sell your PC.
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13 Apr 2013   #6

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I've used aftermarket GPU coolers in the past, but was usually unimpressed.

For one thing, the new fans didn't connect to the onboard connector. There was no thermal fan speed control.

For another, the memory chips, VRs, etc. were not cooled by the new cooler. A lot of small individual heat sinks were supplied, and held in place by thermal tape. The OEM cooler cooled the other chips as well, although the thermal interface was through thick pads.

The aftermarket coolers sometimes occupy the space of an extra (third) slot. That may not be a problem for you.

The main issue was that the third party cooler didn't do much to increase overclocking of the cards. I don't recall whether the card allowed software-adjustable GPU core voltages; I certainly didn't mod the hardware.

YMMV.
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13 Apr 2013   #7
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My OEM cooler, if it cools the memory and other chips, does it by the fan only. The heatsink only mates with the GPU chip. The fan on it does have an on-GPU-card connector.
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14 Apr 2013   #8

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I honestly would like to go the watercooling route but geesus it is expensive
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14 Apr 2013   #9
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18 Apr 2013   #10

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wouldn't be a problem to do like 2 antec 620s for cooling but positioning would be a B****
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