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Which aftermarket cooler for 6950?

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I just bought this 6950 and so far been very happy with it. The only problem I have had so far is that it makes huge noise. I unlocked the shaders and in closed case it loads around 90c with stock clocks/volts and fan at 38%. I have been putting a lot of effort to get my rig quiet and I won't let one component ruin it I've been looking for Accelero EXTREME Plus, Thermalright Shaman and Scythe Setsugen 2 and to be honest, I would love the Accelero as I had a Accelero S1 Rev2 on my old card and it was awesome. The only problem with Accelero XTREME Plus would be that it would be longer than the GPU itself and there is currently about 0,5mm (~0,2inch) space between the GPU and the HDD slots so I would have to apply some more modding on the case The other thing is that I need heatsinks on VRM and the memory and I know Accelero has them but what about the other canditates? It doesn't matter how many slots they take, the length is the only problem for me. Suggestions
Edited by Tuxi - 5/7/11 at 10:16am
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I have the shaman. It is quiet and temps never hit 55*.

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I have the shaman. It is quiet and temps never hit 55*.

sent from my BAMF thunderbolt
Does it come with memory and VRM heatsinks?
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I have the Accelero XTREME Plus and I typically idle between 38-41 and max load is 55. It is long though, I had to cut part of my HDD cage to get it to fit. And the memory/VRM heatsinks are sold seperate, you have to buy the VR001 kit for the 6950. It's worth it though, because this thing cools like a champ and stays quite to boot.
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I have the Accelero XTREME Plus and I typically idle between 38-41 and max load is 55. It is long though, I had to cut part of my HDD cage to get it to fit. And the memory/VRM heatsinks are sold seperate, you have to buy the VR001 kit for the 6950. It's worth it though, because this thing cools like a champ and stays quite to boot.
Does the memory stay as cool as it did with stock cooler? 55c sounds awesome to be honest, but I'm not quite sure if my case airflow is adequate. Two fans, one pushes air in and the other one pushes air out. Antec Sonata III is quite small case, but my modifications made it a lot better.
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The memory runs cooler actually, it stays right in line with the rest of the card. Your temps will vary of course, I have the Antec DF-30 with two front intake fans, rear exhaust and top exhaust, and side intake fan which blows right on the card. Whatever temps you get will be considerably lower then your stock and i'm sure you would be pleased with the results. I love mine.
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The memory runs cooler actually, it stays right in line with the rest of the card. Your temps will vary of course, I have the Antec DF-30 with two front intake fans, rear exhaust and top exhaust, and side intake fan which blows right on the card. Whatever temps you get will be considerably lower then your stock and i'm sure you would be pleased with the results. I love mine.
One last thing, how much longer is that cooler than the card itself? Already ordered mine
post #8 of 8
i just slapped on a Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro on my unlocked Sapphire 6950.

The hardest part was removing the cover.

I got the cooler for $23! ncix rocks.
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