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I have not done any research as far as mounting goes, so humor me. I have a RX480 and need the blower style cooler because of my case I am building. I am brainstorming ways to CHEAPLY get better cooling and remain in the blower style. The 2xx and 3xx series of AMD cards drew twice the heat my 480 does, so I am looking into finding an older blower to replace mine.

I know that the 290x was super loud and was always at the thermal limit with he reference cooler, but would it not do a better job than my 480 cooler? I could measure them up and maybe even fit the 480 shroud back on with the 290 heatsink inside.

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Please no "just buy a non-reference 480 for better cooling" posts, I want the blower style and those will mostly be $50 more anyway.

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The issue im forseeing is the heatsink not fitting correctly as the holes are different on them mounting, Gamers Nexus make a aio 480 and they ran into the issue aswell and ended up managing to make a particular backplate fit but the placement is just slightly changed to make it a bit difficult, if you can find a cheap heatsink to try go for it but i cant say it will go smoothly. BUT if it does work the temps overall will be a ton better as the 480s stock heatsink is utter crap. i wish you the best of luck and im honestly curious how it will turn out.

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The issue im forseeing is the heatsink not fitting correctly as the holes are different on them mounting, Gamers Nexus make a aio 480 and they ran into the issue aswell and ended up managing to make a particular backplate fit but the placement is just slightly changed to make it a bit difficult, if you can find a cheap heatsink to try go for it but i cant say it will go smoothly. BUT if it does work the temps overall will be a ton better as the 480s stock heatsink is utter crap. i wish you the best of luck and im honestly curious how it will turn out.

Yea I found a guy on craigslist who is selling a 290x with a hybrid cooler on it so I am gonna try and bum the old stock blower off him for cheap and just give it a try. Will totally update this with progress and if anyone has experience to share it would be appreciated :-)

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I think that the mounting holes not lining up may not be a problem. I don't care about the 290x heatsink, so I can drill larger holes and use zip ties or a longer screw and nut if need be. I may also try and just add to the existing heatsink somehow with memory heatsinks and see if that helps.

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A 290x cooler is going to expect a much bigger card. I'm not sure VRAM and VRMs are going to match up etc.
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I think that the mounting holes not lining up may not be a problem. I don't care about the 290x heatsink, so I can drill larger holes and use zip ties or a longer screw and nut if need be. I may also try and just add to the existing heatsink somehow with memory heatsinks and see if that helps.

Umm, where are you going to cut\drill? The "heatsink" is a vapour chamber, the rest is just the shroud enclosing everything. The only thing I think you can really do is find a crazy good replacement fan or something or dump the idea of sticking with a blower style cooler. Cutting it up is just going to compromise the cooler.

Unlike aftermarket coolers which usually have removable mounting hardware or space behind the mounting holes, blower style coolers have the hardware recessed into the cooler so I'm not sure how you would even use zip ties? lol have you looked at the 290x cooler?


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A 290x cooler is going to expect a much bigger card. I'm not sure VRAM and VRMs are going to match up etc.
Umm, where are you going to cut\drill? The "heatsink" is a vapour chamber, the rest is just the shroud enclosing everything. The only thing I think you can really do is find a crazy good replacement fan or something or dump the idea of sticking with a blower style cooler. Cutting it up is just going to compromise the cooler.

Unlike aftermarket coolers which usually have removable mounting hardware or space behind the mounting holes, blower style coolers have the hardware recessed into the cooler so I'm not sure how you would even use zip ties? lol have you looked at the 290x cooler?


Are you sure on the vapor chamber or assuming? That would be a problem. Yea I have looked at it and matched up the two pcb's in photoshop and adjusted transparency to see exactly how the holes are missing each other. I would try and keep the vrm cooling shroud on my 480 and just replace the heatsink with a 290 one. I would see how much space is available between the heatsink and shroud for zipties... I am kinda just gonna get the parts in hand then investigate on what to do. Still trying to acquire a heatsink.

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Why do you need a blower in your design? Just curious!

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Why do you need a blower in your design? Just curious!

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Oh... looks fun! Hope you can find something that fits! I might encourage going to a junkyard and pulling out as many GPUs as you can - something is bound to fit! thumb.gif

(Or, you know, adding an intake above the card, but I understand)

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you can keep the current cooler, and just replace the current blower/fan with a beefier one... that are for sale after all... delta/sanAce/nmb/etc

But if the cooling is limited to what the HS can handle, that would just create more noise, not better cooling

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