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Galaxy GTX 460 768mb Cooling?

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Hi! I just built my first computer about a week ago, and was still getting all my parts together. A few days ago I finally got my second GTX 460 installed, I don't even have the sli bridge installed yet and the temps are less than likable.
I'm sitting here at 48's while having two monitors powered (1920x1080 and a 1440x900, the smaller monitor is playing a 320p video and the other one is making this post)

Anyway, getting to the point, I'm looking for a better alternative to cooling my cards, I know 50c isn't _that_ bad, but I think I could do better thank this. My case is an Elite 310 (link at bottom of post) which has a 80mm fan on the side intaking (this spins at 2000rpm iirc), a 120mm front fan intaking (there's no grill on the outside so what would be the point in pushing out air lol) and a 120mm rear fan pushing out air. My cooler is a Hyper 212 Plus (great cooler)
I'm contemplating buying 2 aftermarket coolers, but I don't know which to buy, I don't know anything about this reference modelling stuff (i assume my card(s) are reference models?) but I'm hoping to get it all sorted out. And a push in the right direction could certainly help tongue.gif

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203
Cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162058

I also own this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156098

And contemplating switching everything over into it as it has 2 more fans I could place into it (though I think my Hyper 212 Plus would render them both useless as it's such a huge bugger) so I'm unsure if I even want to bother flipping around parts, worse yet I don't even know if my mobo would fit in the sucker.

edit: oh im also contemplating just going out and attempting to case mod (dont really know what to do but might try adding a fan/grill at the bottom if I don't completely **** it up). I also thought about sticking a pci fan in between my cards and hoping that could help a little bit but I heard they aren't that efficient (air flow from what newegg has posted is pretty ****ty)
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Intel i5-2400 GA-Z68AP-D3 Galaxy GTX 460 GC 768mb SLI G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 7200.12 Seagate 7200.10 WD Caviar Green Corsair H60 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Acer 21.5" P215H Antec BP550 Plus 550W Antec 300 Illusion 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G400 Steelseries Mousepad 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 7200.12 Seagate 7200.10 WD Caviar Green Corsair H60 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Acer 21.5" P215H Antec BP550 Plus 550W Antec 300 Illusion 
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The reason your card has such high temperatures during non-gaming loads is because Fermi cards cannot downclock when you use two monitors of diffferent resolutions. This was one of the reasons why I decided to water cool my 470 as it idled in the upper 50s. The reason that the card won't downclock is that lowering the clocks will cause flickering. Some people don't mind the flickering and have forced loewr clocks through a BIOS flash.
Your card isn't a reference. On a reference 460 the power connectors come off of the back (see image here from techpowerup).
Edited by mdatmo - 8/7/11 at 1:57pm
 
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Samsung 830 Swiftech Apogee XT Rev. 1 EK-FC HWLabs Black Ice GTX 240 and a Koolance HX-CU72... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
MCP 35X and a MCP 350 Koolance 401x2 Opensuse 12.1 Windows 7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky OCN with cherry blues Antec True Power New 650W Cooler Master CM690 II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 Gigabyte p55-ud2 GTX 430 G Skill 
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Samsung 830 Swiftech Apogee XT Rev. 1 EK-FC HWLabs Black Ice GTX 240 and a Koolance HX-CU72... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
MCP 35X and a MCP 350 Koolance 401x2 Opensuse 12.1 Windows 7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky OCN with cherry blues Antec True Power New 650W Cooler Master CM690 II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Originally Posted by mdatmo;14498848 
The reason your card has such high temperatures during non-gaming loads is because Fermi cards cannot downclock when you use two monitors of diffferent resolutions. This was one of the reasons why I decided to water cool my 470 as it idled in the upper 50s. The reason that the card won't downclock is that lowering the clocks will cause flickering. Some people don't mind the flickering and have forced loewr clocks through a BIOS flash.
Your card isn't a reference. On a reference 460 the power connectors come off of the back (see image here from techpowerup).

Thanks for the response, and yup, you're right. Turning off the second monitor and my cards are idling at 45 and 41. Do you know if the flickering happens on both monitors? Does it happen often? I might consider flashing but I don't have a clue about that either.

Also probably a dumb question: Do you think my 460 could take a flash up to a 470?
Current Rig
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-2400 GA-Z68AP-D3 Galaxy GTX 460 GC 768mb SLI G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 7200.12 Seagate 7200.10 WD Caviar Green Corsair H60 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Acer 21.5" P215H Antec BP550 Plus 550W Antec 300 Illusion 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G400 Steelseries Mousepad 
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Intel i5-2400 GA-Z68AP-D3 Galaxy GTX 460 GC 768mb SLI G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 7200.12 Seagate 7200.10 WD Caviar Green Corsair H60 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Acer 21.5" P215H Antec BP550 Plus 550W Antec 300 Illusion 
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Logitech G400 Steelseries Mousepad 
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