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post #1 of 16 Old 12-04-2006, 01:51 AM - Thread Starter
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Ok 2 questions, one I got a 7950 GT with stock cooler, if I took off the current fan and sink, and added AS5 would it cool down, and also what is the best recommendation for an aftermarket cooler? (not water)

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i dont know what aftermarket coolers are especially good for use with a 7950, BUT, Im pretty sure removing the stock cooler and then cleaning it all off, maybe lapping some stuff, then using AS5 would get you a few degrees cooler

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Lol it's been buggin me to try it, but I'm not sure what it would be like getting it back on.

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Applying AS5 will drop your temps, probably 2-3c at load. You will see a massive temp drop however if you go aftermarket. Something like the Zalman VF-900 of the Zalman Fatality are nice GPU coolers, that are also very silent!

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Ill upload some pics of my 7950GT later (the ones when its "naked"), removing the heatsink was a peice of piss, it was just 2 catches and it fell off! Putting it back on is just as easy - if i'd known i would of done it when i bought it!

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Ok just an update for you guys, I took off my heatsink/fan, it was only 4 tiny screws in the back, used qtips and alchohal to remove the gunk, got it to a beautiful shine on the heatsink and chip, applied AS5, and now my GPU is idle at 53, before it was idleing at 57, so it was a decent drop. only took about 5 minutes, I'm still eyeballing a Zalman tho.

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I had the arctic silencer rev- 3 on mine before I put it under water

I like it becasue it has exhaust out the back of the PC
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Yes AS5 will actually bring down your temps at a max of 6c After it has cured ( 200 Hours. ) .

When it comes to an Aftermarket cooler you cant go far wrong with the VF-900.

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I'd say look at a Artic Cooling Accelero X1 the stock one (X2 is for ATi cards) with my x1950Pro keeps me at a max load of 51C! And comes with pre applied MX-1 paste which is equal to AS5. Also its a two slot cooler...

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