Well this is my first post ever on this forum but I'd like to join "the mod" club ;p I found this topic about 2-3 weeks ago and was wondering if I should do it or not. My Gpu isn't under any sort of warranty and if I screwed up I'm pretty much out the 500 I spent on my GTX 580. Then the very next day I saw the antec kuhler 920 on sale for 80 bucks and thanks to an amazing deal at a local shop (they will beat any advertised price by 25% of the difference between there price and the other retailers) I got it for 70 bucks. As soon as I got home I signed up for these forums and ordered a couple of brackets from DWood (props to him on being cool enough to share his awesome brackets with the rest of us!). Well the bracket arrived today and I installed the "the Mod". It wasn't easy (chubby short fingers and tiny screws make me want to rip my hair out lol) but I'm happy to say this was money well spent.
Never realized until I took these pics how terribly ugly my cable management has gotten over the last year lol
The Temps are AMAZING with the antec 920. I had my reference PNY GTX 580 OC'd to 1.1v at 925/2103 and at max load, with the stock cooler, my temp was 75C with a custom fan curve (which sounded like a vacuum cleaner next to my ear).
Now they are this:
65 doesn't seem that great but when you consider I jacked the the OC to 1.15v and 980, It's pretty awesome. It wasn't actually 65 either. With the extreme preset in antecs program it was 51-53C after 2 hours of running unigine. I switched over to the silent preset for another 2 hours and after peaking at 65 early on it went down to 58-60C constant. So I'll be leaving it on silent since 60C at full load is perfectly acceptable for me. It's to bad I couldn't get 1ghz stable but oh well 980 is good enough ;p
My PC is now barely audible other then the light whirring noise the pump from my h100 makes and the antec pump but once you are playing a game with the speakers on it drowns out any noise from my machine. That sure beats the dust buster like sound that the stock cooler makes when it's maxed out to keep the OC'd temps at bay. That being said on the extreme preset the antec 920 is far from quiet in fact it isn't even much quieter then the stock cooler, just a different kind of noise. Thankfully the silent preset gives decent temps and is well almost silent.
I'd like to thank everyone on this forum for introducing this mod to me and Dwood for selling me the bracket. You guys are all amazing!Edited by DevilMikey00 - 7/4/12 at 9:47pm