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What is the best way to cool GPU other than replacing the heatsink? I already have a Twin Frozr III card, but I still get pretty hot temps (mid 80s) when gaming. I feel like this isn't normal, and I'd like to think that the airflow in my case isn't god-awful.

Is there any way to really cool off the GPU other than just redirecting airflow or swapping to water cooling? I was thinking that adding a CPU heatsink and tacking some fans on there might help a bit, or maybe adding a PCI fan or something, but those usually sit below cards, and I already have two efficient TFIII fans cooling from there.

Maybe I could upgrade my TIM or something? Any suggestions would be appreciated. biggrin.gif
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Turn on the ac?
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Pull the heatsink off, replace the TIM with something better. You can also get a slot cooler for the empty socket space under it.
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Your case supports side panel fans, are they populated? That will direct airflow over your GPU and it will usually drop temps by around 5C.
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Originally Posted by 5outh;13591594 
What is the best way to cool GPU other than replacing the heatsink? I already have a Twin Frozr III card, but I still get pretty hot temps (mid 80s) when gaming. I feel like this isn't normal, and I'd like to think that the airflow in my case isn't god-awful.

Is there any way to really cool off the GPU other than just redirecting airflow or swapping to water cooling? I was thinking that adding a CPU heatsink and tacking some fans on there might help a bit, or maybe adding a PCI fan or something, but those usually sit below cards, and I already have two efficient TFIII fans cooling from there.

Maybe I could upgrade my TIM or something? Any suggestions would be appreciated. biggrin.gif

add 2 120mm fan on side panel smile.gif blow IN and one 120mm on top of the case blowing OUT and one 120mm in front of the case blowing IN another on the back of the case blowing out and you be fine.
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add 2 120mm fan on side panel smile.gif blow IN and one 120mm on top of the case blowing OUT and one 120mm in front of the case blowing IN another on the back of the case blowing out and you be fine.

I've got all of this except the side fans. The fans that I own aren't super well built, so I actually mounted them inside of my case. One blowing upwards underneath the GPU, and one blowing upwards above it. When they were mounted on the side panel, they were loud and only really lowered my GPU temps a couple degrees at best. When I mounted them inside the case, temps went down a little more, so I left them there.

But I suppose this is mostly just due to crappy fans. Was thinking about getting some Gentle Typhoons to replace my garbage fans and mount them on the side panel, but I've basically tried everything that I can with what I own to try to lower temps. I guess it's just a matter of airflow and not having good enough fans. Thanks for the input, everyone. :O
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depending on the cooler bolt-down..you could add washers for more core tension.. Dropped a few C on my GTX470 and 6950.

*also..look for places to add heatsinks to the GPU still... like the backside of the PCB..opposite of where the inductors are located- adding sinks here can lower temps as well [although not always possible due to PCB layout]. I like trimming the thermal tape on the stock coolers to remove any excess from area's like RAM and mosfet contact.. I feel like the excess thermal tape some manufacturers use, works as 'insulation' if its covering too much.
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Personally I prefer to keep a good aitflor in my case - that way you can change the air surrounding your components rather quickly. I think its the best way to keep your components cool with stock cooling. smile.gif
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