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Antec Kuhler 620 vs. Thermalright Shaman - ASUS Reference HD 6950 Cooling

post #1 of 8
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Got a few offers for my HD 6950 cooler, considering stock shroud & fan is not doing too well, idling @ 60C! blushsmiley.gif

My primary goal, is to get the temperatures as LOW as possible, while also keeping it as QUIET as possible.
Since it is not being OC'd that much (besides extra shaders), quietness is king versus temperatures...

Looking for other people's opinions...

But here are mine...
Antec Kuhler 620:
Pros: Water-cooled, closed-loop, pretty simple, "neat" factor, supposed to be very quiet & cool.
Cons: Possibility of leaking (though, low I suppose), more things to go wrong, requires purchase of VRM/RAM sinks, pump clicking issue very common.
~$50

Thermalright Shaman:
Pros: Fan-cooled, pretty simple as well, pretty large heatsink so could possibly be very cool, also supposed to be VERY quiet & cool.
Cons: Pretty big, no "neato" factor, requires purchase of thermal adhesive (unless regular thermal paste works), PCB is more likely to flex.
~$60

Obviously, I'm pretty narrow-minded so far, so very open to other options.

Which would be the clear winner here?
Should I pass both and wait for something else?
Will regular thermalpaste hold VRM/RAM heatsinks just fine, or are thermal adhesive pads necessary?
Does Antec honor refunds/replacements if a leak occurs..?
Edited by rawfuls - 3/12/12 at 5:30pm
post #2 of 8
rock the 620. It's a beast! If you feel like modding.

I would think the shaman looks cleaner.... you wouldn't have tubes and a radiator in a random place.

Antec has amazing customer service.... you won't be let down if anything goes wrong.
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Oops, forgot to mention about the wariness of whether the radiator will fit in my little Antec P182.. Thing is tiny!

Only thing I could see it mounted would be a rear exhaust, which even then would be tight..
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You'll need about an inch of clearance for the top and bottom of the rad. The width is about the same as a 120mm fan.

I have a P182 and a new 620, if you really want me to I can check the clearance.
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post #5 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2thAche View Post

You'll need about an inch of clearance for the top and bottom of the rad. The width is about the same as a 120mm fan.
I have a P182 and a new 620, if you really want me to I can check the clearance.

Would help immensely!
See if you can check if the radiator will fit in the middle intake, and both rear exhausts..
I doubt the top exhaust will work for me as I have a mighty Hyper 212+, which makes me doubt the rear as well.
post #6 of 8
Get the 620, It will NEVER leak. I got one for my GTX465. It performs better than a H70 out of the box, and if you add a second fan in push pull setup then you are in a whole new territory. I think they had it on sale for 39.99 after a rebate. good luck bud. thumb.gif

edit. It should fit the antec fine, if it fits a 120mm fan then it should fit one way or the other.smile.gif
Edited by TheBirdman74 - 3/12/12 at 5:36pm
post #7 of 8
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I may need to start limiting my access to OCN..
My wallet is too thin!

What do you guys suggest for VRM coolers for the reference HD 6950?
I just might nab this 620!
post #8 of 8
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Ended up going with the Antec Kuhler 620, now to look for some VRM heatsinks!
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