Originally Posted by pyro_dude
First off, did you try disassembling it and removing the dust that could have built up in it?
yeah, been there and done this, have done it twice so far in the life of my computer, usually is good for a degree or more while under load.
although I wouldn't use compressed air as it can be full of moisture, actually I use a shop vac that I can reverse the airflow on (no it doesn't blow the dirt out), is a good way around the moisture problem.
BTW they sell compressed air in a can that is guaranteed to be 100% moisture free.... I used to have some but found my shop vac works much
better. Here's some right here at Amazon
yeah, my 420 has those front vents.... and actually there is a fan right inside there too, all ducted up nicely for extra ventilation.... unfortunately I can find no way at all
to control the fan manually or with any third party app
if anyone knows I'd be highly interested!!
I tried speed fan a couple years ago, and went to Rivatuner. it does a great job of monitoring and controlling my gpu fan, couldn't run my computer without it. Gpu Monitor is also quite awesome (works with the Rivatuner stat server, I used to use Everest but since discovering GPU Monitor - no longer)
I have that set in my sidebar with all the bells and whistles, and the fullscreen monitor too for everything I run to keep an eye on things in realtime.
also have since zip-tied a case fan to the inside rear of the case and added a cool little adjustable fan I found, it slides on rails so you can position it right where you need it, I put it underneath the gpu blowing on the underside of the card... this has worked out so good, I'm not in such a hurry for a real cooler now. I was getting temps of up to 84c even with 100% fan on. now, after these two little cheap mods (didn't even have to pull my video card out) it won't go over 64c
even with my heat blasting in my room.
windfire... so you say the Zalman's are pretty hot, eh? seems a bad trait for a gpu cooler... how much would you say? ever tested and taken some temps?
thanks people, is good to know your experiences and what you all have been thru.