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post #2111 of 7112
Okay, couple scrennies to validate my Gene-Z club membership...

Another question to the masses... Thoughts on Fan control... Are most of you using your own, external fan controls? MB Fan controls q-fan? Or something else?

Having my first crossfire setup going, I'm finding cooling a bit more of a concern than what I was used to when only dealing with CPU overclocks...

Thanks...

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A little of both for me... yessir.gif

For the Arc Mini I have on order, I will have three fans that arn't PWM controlled, so I will likely use qfan for those. I will run an H60 in a push/pull with PWM fans using the CPU headers at the top of the M4GZ. All the fans are 120m, so slow speeds can still result in significant airflow.

What box are you going to use for your build? That may drive part of your answer.
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Originally Posted by GrJohnso;14687977 
... Thoughts on Fan control... Are most of you using your own, external fan controls? MB Fan controls q-fan? Or something else?

Having my first crossfire setup going, I'm finding cooling a bit more of a concern than what I was used to when only dealing with CPU overclocks...

Thanks...

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post #2113 of 7112
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Originally Posted by snakemed;14685639 
LAKF, I read at another forum that you had requested a SupremeFX X-FI sticker, did you receive it? Did you put it on your board? Just curious. Like you and many others, I didn't get a sticker with my board, but I'm not sure I care either. tongue.gif

Nope never got it, and I've heard nothing back from that ASUS Rep as of yet ... I wonder if he got upset I posted about it for others that wanted one to try asking ... It's not a big deal to me either, but hey we were SUPPOSE to get it, and we PAID for it ... right ? rolleyes.gif
   
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post #2114 of 7112
Right, on all counts. That is why I asked. I am curious as to the ASUS response. I think their customer service is great for the big issues (board defects, etc.), but stumbles on the smaller issues like this one. At least that is what I think, based upon this sort of forum post.
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Nope never got it, and I've heard nothing back from that ASUS Rep as of yet ... I wonder if he got upset I posted about it for others that wanted one to try asking ... It's not a big deal to me either, but hey we were SUPPOSE to get it, and we PAID for it ... right ? rolleyes.gif
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post #2115 of 7112
Still running in my old Sonata case, which was a little lacking on ventilation in it's original design. It came with just a single 120mm exhaust fan upper back, just under the top mount PSU. Front has good ventilation for taking in cool air, but lacks mounts for good fans to assist...

So, for mods, I'm working on a few things... CPU cooling is adequate for basic overclocking, Scythe Mugen, single 120mm push towards top exhaust fan, PWM in primary CPU fan header. Will add another 120mm to make it push pull, using CPU PWM Opt. header.

Added a 120mm cut-out and filter/grill on side panel just over GPU's to see what I can do on the crossfire cooling. Can't decide if I want to blast them with fresh cool air from outside, or use it to draw out the hot air from directly around them. Any thoughts here?

Last, I need to find a way to create a mount up front for something to help draw in cool air if I choose to run the new side fan as exhaust. If I use it as intake, then I should be fine, I think... thinking.gif
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Originally Posted by snakemed;14688325 
A little of both for me... yessir.gif

For the Arc Mini I have on order, I will have three fans that arn't PWM controlled, so I will likely use qfan for those. I will run an H60 in a push/pull with PWM fans using the CPU headers at the top of the M4GZ. All the fans are 120m, so slow speeds can still result in significant airflow.

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post #2116 of 7112
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Well after having to RMA that MSI GTX480 Lightning ... IF I can't land another OpenBox or something soon off NewEgg I guess I'm looking at this SAPPHIRE Toxic 6950 2GB @ $270 w/ rebate, it looks like a pretty decent card, just not AS GOOD A DEAL as an OB 6950 in the $165-$200 range. frown.gif

Anyone have any thoughts about the SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB? is it worth getting?
Would an nVidia GTX 570 or 560ti be a better option you think?

I've been reading all I can in Magazines and online, and I'm not sure if that's only lead to more confusion on which card and make is the better option, but from what I can gather most seem to put the HD6950's {especially if you can unlock it to a 6970} as about the Best bang for your buck GPU card at this time. THOUGHTS ?
   
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post #2117 of 7112
I will be moving from an Antec Nine Hundred (original), so I understand about adapting an earlier box for a new build. I can't wait until my Arc Mini gets here! Tomorrow, I hope.

For the Sonata, I'd work for better airflow. Can't speak to the specifics of the Scythe Mugen you have. Work to move the air from front to back and bottom to top (heat rises). If you cut the hole in the door as you described, I'd blow air in on the GPU(s). That is how the Nine Hundres is set-up, so I'd think that would be the way to go. The other intake and exhaust fans will help with airflow through the case, I think. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by GrJohnso;14688931 
Still running in my old Sonata case, which was a little lacking on ventilation in it's original design. It came with just a single 120mm exhaust fan upper back, just under the top mount PSU. Front has good ventilation for taking in cool air, but lacks mounts for good fans to assist...

So, for mods, I'm working on a few things... CPU cooling is adequate for basic overclocking, Scythe Mugen, single 120mm push towards top exhaust fan, PWM in primary CPU fan header. Will add another 120mm to make it push pull, using CPU PWM Opt. header.

Added a 120mm cut-out and filter/grill on side panel just over GPU's to see what I can do on the crossfire cooling. Can't decide if I want to blast them with fresh cool air from outside, or use it to draw out the hot air from directly around them. Any thoughts here?

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post #2118 of 7112
Won't do, LA_Kings_Fan - the color scheme is all wrong! lachen.gif

Seriously, I would continue your research. I'm not sure you can make the 6970 unlock thing work anymore. It was a big deal for a while though. Still the 6950s are great and if you get a good deal on two for Crossfire, you will have great performance for sometime into the future.

I'm not in the market yet, as I just bought an Arc Mini and an AX850... GPU is next, but a little ways out for me (budget). I support the decision to get a 6950. All the 6950 reviews I have read support it as a sweet card. yessir.gif
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Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan;14690205 
Well after having to RMA that MSI GTX480 Lightning ... IF I can't land another OpenBox or something soon off NewEgg I guess I'm looking at this SAPPHIRE Toxic 6950 2GB @ $270 w/ rebate, it looks like a pretty decent card, just not AS GOOD A DEAL as an OB 6950 in the $165-$200 range. frown.gif

Anyone have any thoughts about the SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB? is it worth getting?
Would an nVidia GTX 570 or 560ti be a better option you think?

I've been reading all I can in Magazines and online, and I'm not sure if that's only lead to more confusion on which card and make is the better option, but from what I can gather most seem to put the HD6950's {especially if you can unlock it to a 6970} as about the Best bang for your buck GPU card at this time. THOUGHTS ?
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post #2119 of 7112
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Originally Posted by snakemed;14690326 
Won't do, LA_Kings_Fan - the color scheme is all wrong! lachen.gif

Yeah well this one ... mars004jpg.png
... would sure look nicer, WAIT WHAT GRAPHICS CARD LOOK AT THE BABE ! tongue.gif ... but then I'd have to replace my beloved little HP case as it wouldn't fit again, plus I think that ASUS MARS II dual GTX590 card MIGHT ... maybe ... I'd put money it ... is just a bit out of my price range! eek.gif rumor is $1200 for the card. eek.gif
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Originally Posted by snakemed;14690326 
I'm not sure you can make the 6970 unlock thing work anymore. It was a big deal for a while though. Still the 6950s are great ... I support the decision to get a 6950. All the 6950 reviews I have read support it as a sweet card. yessir.gif

Long review on the SAPPHIRE Toxic HD 6950 - http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=31471
2nd even Longer review on it - http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd-6950-toxic-edition-2gb-review/all/1/
Sounds like this is the LAST production HD 6950 that will be unlockable ? unless you can find an older reference model ? A few of the NewEgg reviews claim they did fully unlock it, while others said they couldn't ?

But even if you can't fully unlock it to a FULL 6970 it appears stock this card is almost an 'inbetweener' with it's factory settings ?
confused.gif
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post #2120 of 7112
Getting EVGA GTX 570 HD with 2560MB looks good for me.

Especially when you have plans on playing Battlefield 3 @ HD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687
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