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I've spent literally hours on cable management. I'm pretty happy with it. I also jurry rigged a 120mm fan in front of the video card in the hard drive cage area. I forgot to mention that (attaching pic). If I take the side of my case off, it doesn't affect my cpu temps at all, although I haven't checked to see if it affects vid card temps.

The 2 fans in front of the video card are 120mm antec tricools, as is the back and top fan. All are attached to motherboard chassis fan connectors (2 each via a y cable), bringing them to 2000 rpm when cpu fans go up. The fan in front of the psu is set on low and is not attached to a motherboard header.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. My touch pro 2 isn't up to today's standards. But just can't give up my SERO plan.
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Originally Posted by Bedo;14387171 
From what I have read, if you do decide to change the TIM, it is best to notify XFX via a support ticket. That way they are aware that you have made changes to the hardware, and you have proof that they approved it. This will help prevent issues if you ever have to RMA.

You don't "have" to do that in North America, but it certainly won't hurt to have your bases covered. However, in non-NA markets, you definitely want to ask XFX first before attempting any mods.
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Originally Posted by tsm106;14387339 
You don't "have" to do that in North America, but it certainly won't hurt to have your bases covered. However, in non-NA markets, you definitely want to ask XFX first before attempting any mods.

I contacted XFX several weeks ago about the high temps. Been very slow getting responses. They respond about once a week, so finally I was told that I could try changing the tim myself or sending it in to be inspected. Just waiting to hear the OK that I can change TIM without voiding warranty, but still am worried about messing up the thermal pads if i try changing it.
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Originally Posted by IIVisionII;14387370 
I contacted XFX several weeks ago about the high temps. Been very slow getting responses. They respond about once a week, so finally I was told that I could try changing the tim myself or sending it in to be inspected. Just waiting to hear the OK that I can change TIM without voiding warranty, but still am worried about messing up the thermal pads if i try changing it.

You should always get new pads when replacing TIM.

Also I wouldn't send the card in to XFX. Not with some of the stories come out lately of people being falsely accused of ruining the card they are sending in for legitimate RMAs.

Like the guy who took pictures of his card before sending it in to XFX and they come back claiming that a resistor broke off the back of the card, which was packed by UPS using XFX's instructions.

So you send it in to them for high temps and they would pull some crap saying that you broke the heatsink or something stupid like that.
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I replaced the TIM on my Sapphire card, I dont even break 80c at 50% fan.
    
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Just undervolted my card slightly to 1.150 and changed some of the fan profiles. One run through heaven benchmark went up to 80C and 51% fan. Good start for now. Are those temps OCed Addicted?
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