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Cooling A Loud XFX 9600GSO

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I am looking for a cheap aftermarket cooler that is quieter than the stock cooler for my XFX 9600GSO. The fan on this thing is very loud and it runs at full speed all the time. I have found a couple of options and I was wondering if I could get some opinions on them.

http://www.thermaltakestore.com/vga-cooler.html

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...NU1-GP&cat=VCD

Cheap is the key since this card is not worth a large investment.
Thanks, budzos
post #2 of 9
have you tried using msi afterburner?

if the temps are not too high, you can simply manual override the fan speed down so that you dont have to hear it.


better than cheap, its free!
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Unfortunately theres no way to control the fan speed because thats the way this card was designed. It was an XFX exclusive and not a benefit. Thanks for the suggestion.
budzos
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AC Accelero L2

Kept my 9800GT at 60C max while running Furmark and is very quiet.
     
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If you've got spare heatsinks lying around that look like they can do the job better they probably can. I have a chipset heatsink from an old dell attached to my 6600 that outperforms the stock cooler and it's tied on with elasticated string It had a terrible cooler to begin with and if I attach a 3870 stock heatsink to it I can leave it passive and still outperform the stock cooler. If you've got some spare heatsinks lying around that look decent you could drill some holes in one to mount it on your card. then strap a low speed fan to it and it could be almost silent
That or rewire the XFX fan to run off a molex and 7V or 5V it
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Originally Posted by budzos View Post
Unfortunately theres no way to control the fan speed because thats the way this card was designed. It was an XFX exclusive and not a benefit. Thanks for the suggestion.
budzos
hm, that sucks.

try taking the outer casing of the heastsink off along with the fan and trap an 80mm fan on with elastic bands

sorry i dont know of any aftermarket coolers for that card.
even then i dont know if it would really be worth the price
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Originally Posted by AgentHydra View Post
AC Accelero L2

Kept my 9800GT at 60C max while running Furmark and is very quiet.
Thanks AgentHydra,
Looks good but the card is not worth much more than that.
I may just sell it since I was going to use it in place of onboard video
and I think this may be more trouble than its worth.
budzos
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hm, that sucks.

try taking the outer casing of the heastsink off along with the fan and trap an 80mm fan on with elastic bands

sorry i dont know of any aftermarket coolers for that card.
even then i dont know if it would really be worth the price
Thanks for the suggestion AlaskaFox, before I rig it up I will more than likely sell it. I figured if I could cool it quietly for 10 bucks or so I would do it.
budzos
Edited by budzos - 5/1/11 at 11:25am
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Originally Posted by Mike-IRL View Post
If you've got spare heatsinks lying around that look like they can do the job better they probably can. I have a chipset heatsink from an old dell attached to my 6600 that outperforms the stock cooler and it's tied on with elasticated string It had a terrible cooler to begin with and if I attach a 3870 stock heatsink to it I can leave it passive and still outperform the stock cooler. If you've got some spare heatsinks lying around that look decent you could drill some holes in one to mount it on your card. then strap a low speed fan to it and it could be almost silent
That or rewire the XFX fan to run off a molex and 7V or 5V it
Thanks Mike-IRL, I was trying to avoid rigging it and possibly killing the card
then its not really worth anything. At least if its stock and/or with an aftermarket vga cooler I can sell it and get something out of it.
budzos
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