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To those with reference coolers, are your temps reaching 70C and above? Mine maxes out at 74C and that clock throttling sometimes annoys me. Already set the fan profile to increase RPM depending on the temperature but it doesn't help much.

I am planning to replace the stock cooler with something else. Which is the better route, an air-cooled solution like an Arctic or Gelid, or a water-cooled one ?
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To those with reference coolers, are your temps reaching 70C and above? Mine maxes out at 74C and that clock throttling sometimes annoys me. Already set the fan profile to increase RPM depending on the temperature but it doesn't help much.
I am planning to replace the stock cooler with something else. Which is the better route, an air-cooled solution like an Arctic or Gelid, or a water-cooled one ?

I would try a redoing the thermal paste before you waste money on a new cooler. It made a few degrees load difference on my 680 that I had. I was able to keep it under 68c while doing a heaven benchmark with a 1250+mhz OC.

I had my fan profile set on 1% =1 degree
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I would try a redoing the thermal paste before you waste money on a new cooler. It made a few degrees load difference on my 680 that I had. I was able to keep it under 68c while doing a heaven benchmark with a 1250+mhz OC.
I had my fan profile set on 1% =1 degree

I might do just that. How much of a difference are we talking about here?

Also, I have a few more questions before gunning for it. Is taking the cooler off easy, or are there any special screws I need to take note of? And is applying thermal paste on the die the same as in a CPU?

Thanks.
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I might do just that. How much of a difference are we talking about here?
Also, I have a few more questions before gunning for it. Is taking the cooler off easy, or are there any special screws I need to take note of? And is applying thermal paste on the die the same as in a CPU?
Thanks.

The difference I saw was 75c max load down to 68c max load. Taking off the cooler itself is really easy. You just pop the shroud off with the screws on the side of the card. Then there's 4 screws holding the gpu cooler on. The paste application would be the same as a cpu just a lot smaller die size.
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The difference I saw was 75c max load down to 68c max load. Taking off the cooler itself is really easy. You just pop the shroud off with the screws on the side of the card. Then there's 4 screws holding the gpu cooler on. The paste application would be the same as a cpu just a lot smaller die size.

Thanks for the help. I'll post the results by this week or the next. biggrin.gif
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To those with reference coolers, are your temps reaching 70C and above? Mine maxes out at 74C and that clock throttling sometimes annoys me. Already set the fan profile to increase RPM depending on the temperature but it doesn't help much.
I am planning to replace the stock cooler with something else. Which is the better route, an air-cooled solution like an Arctic or Gelid, or a water-cooled one ?

Below is my custom fan profile and my temps max at 60*C when playing BF3 (all settings maxed, motion blur off), using 2560x1600 monitor. It ramps up and down smoothly. Of course yours may vary because of different components, but just an idea and illustration. The fan sound don't bother me, plus I use headphones.

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Can I set a profile similar to yours using MSI Afterburner? My fan speed only corresponds per degree C, but not jump from a set speed to another. And is running the fan at 85% all the time even safe for the card? I fear for the longevity of the GPU.

EDIT: I was able to find the fan profile settings and set them accordingly. Now the fan tops out at 80% (my personal max at the moment) as soon as the temperature hits 70C. Now I'm folding and the temperatures are hovering at around 67-68C at full load. Should I put the 80% threshold at a lower temperature?
Edited by jjsoviet - 7/11/12 at 3:31pm
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For what reasons do you want to WC the card(s)?

OC/Looks mainly, + where I'm from it gets kinda hot....haven't gotten my AC yet.. don't get me wrong tho the included cooler actually does a great job. Today is pretty cool so I'm idling @ 37° & during a lil BF3 session 68-70°,the fan curve util is nice. I've never WC bf mainly because I've always been satisfied with air cooling, but you could only look @ so many sic build logs & not try it once rolleyes.gif
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Can I set a profile similar to yours using MSI Afterburner? My fan speed only corresponds per degree C, but not jump from a set speed to another. And is running the fan at 85% all the time even safe for the card? I fear for the longevity of the GPU.
EDIT: I was able to find the fan profile settings and set them accordingly. Now the fan tops out at 80% (my personal max at the moment) as soon as the temperature hits 70C. Now I'm folding and the temperatures are hovering at around 67-68C at full load. Should I put the 80% threshold at a lower temperature?

Yeah, you should be able to set a similar fan profile in MSI. As far as longevity I don't know, but I don't FOLD so for me it's not running constantly and not a concern. I'm not concerned about the fan giving out since it has a 3 year warranty and my credit card gives me 1 extra year of warranty on top of that. For Folding maybe you'd want to leave it at stock fan profile for a lower fan speed, lower noise, but higher temps and when gaming run the more aggressive fan profile.

I'm going to test the stock fan setting in BF3 to see where it goes.
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Can I set a profile similar to yours using MSI Afterburner? My fan speed only corresponds per degree C, but not jump from a set speed to another. And is running the fan at 85% all the time even safe for the card? I fear for the longevity of the GPU.
EDIT: I was able to find the fan profile settings and set them accordingly. Now the fan tops out at 80% (my personal max at the moment) as soon as the temperature hits 70C. Now I'm folding and the temperatures are hovering at around 67-68C at full load. Should I put the 80% threshold at a lower temperature?

I knew a member on OCN that ran his EVGA GTX 580 at 100% fan speed folding. He didn't care about noise and had 100% faith in his EVGA warranty. biggrin.gif

Yes the fan can run 85% setting 24/7, it may degrade the mechanics shortening it's life. Keep in mind a fan can fail at any time even at stock. If you have faith in your vendor warranty / RMA process, then I wouldn't worry about it if that's what you want to do.

I strongly suggest a manual fan setting 1C to 1% with 'start with windows' and 'start minimized' checked. You want your fan to ramp up with heaiver usage to keep the card cool, allow for a higher over clock, before down clocking 13 MHz when it reaches 70C. I'd go 1C to 1% until you reach 60C and get even more aggressive and squeeze the most of your clocks.

When my card hits 69C I'm at 95% fan speed to stop that baby from hitting the magic down clock number.
     
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