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For those of you who were wondering if the Antec kuhler CPU coolers could be modded to fit AMD/ATi GPU's. It has been done for the red team!

First off, the use of zipties was not my idea, and credit must be given where credit is due. I came across the idea to do this from following some of the guys on the green team, namely cravenmild. His build log is listed [=http://www.overclock.net/t/1086286/complete-build-log-zotac-560ti-corsair-h70#post_14496907]here[/]. The nvidia card spacing is larger than that of AMD's, so I had to measure to be sure:

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Luckily I had a spare H50 bracket from my old build, so I placed it over the back of my card to see if it would fit... but the bracket was too big. However, after using the h50 pump to measure the spacing of the holes, it became apparent that there was still room to use zipties. So to Newegg and RadioShack I went:

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Fans for the case and all of the new rads:f41ff978.jpg

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And then for the part youve been waiting for, the Antec kuhler 920 on my MSI 6970 Lightning:

Cleaning the old thermal paste off:
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And finally fitting the cooler to the GPU:
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And the finished product:
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I know its not nice and tidy, but this was taken right after I threw the cooler in the case. Temps dropped by 4-5 degrees C at idle and 30 degrees C at load. Yes, you read right, 30 degrees(from 85 to 55), and that was with an overclock from 940 core to 1000 core -- stock voltages and mem timings. The good thing about this mod is that you dont have to clean out your loop. all I have to do now is vacuum it wink.gif

Oh I must also mention... for like $2 (originally $10) you guys should pick up some of this to clean the insides of your pc and PCB's. It goes anywhere and works wonders. Picks up stuff even left behind by dusting air. You can get it at radioshack now. I havent even gone through the first one I brought yet. Its safe to roll on your electronic devices too -- cleaned my mobo and graphics card using it and now theyre sparkling clean! No more dust smile.gif
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Thanks Los Hog! Couldn't let the green team have all the fun biggrin.gif
    
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i dare this mod for someone with a Dual GPU card =D, this looks kinda cool, its a maybe for me my 5970 gets HHOOOOOTTTT and i cant afford watercooling (true watercooling)
    
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If I upgrade, I may go dual gpu in the future to try this out but, I'm happy with what I have now and with how much more quiet my system has become smile.gif
    
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Will the mem overheat?
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My only concern is how well will the quick-ties hold up over time. Do the holes not line up to where you could use a bracket?

Great info here though... Thanks




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Edited by mathelm - 1/11/12 at 3:04pm
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Congratulations man, you were really brave!. Im amazed how much the temps can fall!!!. Awesome!. Enjoy your rig!.
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My only concern is how well will the quick-ties hold up over time. Do the holes not line up to where you could use a bracket?

Great info here though... Thanks

You could custom make one, however I will show you a pic of the bracket when I get home over the mounting holes. It's going to be very tight but the zip ties are surprisingly solid. Makes the card lighter too so it doesn't droop.

And mrip i thought about that too but i don't think the memory will overheat bc I have 3 fans blowing on the heat sink and the nvidia guys haven't had any problems. That's the reason I haven't oc'd the memory. If I have time I'll run the card through its paces in furmark and I will let you know.
    
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Will the mem overheat?

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