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Really nice aftermarket air coolers for really cheap. (HD 6850/6870)

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I was looking around for some aftermarket air coolers for my 2x HD 6850s and came across these Ultra Carbon X4. At $15 a pop I thought I would give them a shot.
They are just a re-brand of the Xigmatek Bifrost. I got them in and they seemed to be pretty good quality. Plus I was digging the all black.

Putting them on was fairly easy. I converted the fan connector to a 2 pin but the fans wouldn't spin unless I had the fan speed up to 60%.
I later converted them to 3 pin and hooked them up to my fan controller. The fans are much quieter than the stock fan, even turned all the way up.

The only cons about these is that they are long. they stick about about 2 inches past my HD 6850 PCB.
They also take up 1 1/2 PCI slots. I have a Crosshair IV so I could skip 2 slots and still run my other card in an X16 slot.

But they do a great job of cooling. Idle temps are now 29c and load temps are 53c. (Versus the 35c/73c I had before the coolers.)
Both of my cards are OCd to 950mhz core/ 1150mhz memory @ 1.172v.

If your looking for an aftermarket cooling solution and don't want to spend a lot of money. I would suggest picking one of these up.

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Nice improvements,
But yeah they do look a bit big and from the pictures it looks like the heat pipes would stop you putting some of the ram coolers on.
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Nice improvements,
But yeah they do look a bit big and from the pictures it looks like the heat pipes would stop you putting some of the ram coolers on.

They kept me from putting 3/8 of them on. When I look at the stock heatsink and fan though, it doesn't look like they had anything on them in the first place.
So I think that having 5/8 of them with heatsinks on do help a little. I have a lot of them left over. Might grind a few down so they will fit.
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Do you think they would fit the 69*0 series of cards? Would be very interested in one if they did.
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did you have to do any modding to the cooler themselves to have it fit on your 6850? curious because i'm contemplating getting an aftermarket gpu cooler.
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anyone know where i can get this online? no tigerdirect in memphis
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