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Do you think you could cool ur video card with a cpu HSF?
or has this already been done?
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post #2 of 24
quite alot of people have done this before. Its not ideal because the heatsinks are usuarly heavy and attaching them to the card is a ***** also you will then need extra ramsinks etc.
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post #3 of 24
I have thought about this as well. You would have to find a way to mount it, but as far as I see it, a heatsink is a heatsink.
post #4 of 24
I say if you up to it, go for it. A cpu heatsink will cool much better than a vga cooler. Just the only hard part it mounting it.
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post #5 of 24
Oh man! U betcha!

As long as these factors are considered and met:

Full, (no prob w/ a GPU Die) coverage
Centered HSF footprint
Even, complete pressure
and of course, enough pressure.

Post with what you aregoing to do.
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post #6 of 24
Watch out mounting a CPU heatsink on it anyway... They're very heavy and can make the card twist, which you don't want it to.
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post #7 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX
Watch out mounting a CPU heatsink on it anyway... They're very heavy and can make the card twist, which you don't want it to.
Good point!
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post #8 of 24
ive done this. its very possible and yes it works. the trick is doing it the right way instead of just sticking it on with bailing wire and duct tape. take measurements. make sure you drill the cpu fan with the same mount pattern as the cards original one. use a back plate on the other side of the card. dont use a superhuge cpu heatsink. use a smaller older one. this will solve the card flex and the weight issues. if its still somewhat large and heavy make a brace system either from the floor of the case or from the next slot down. once all this is done it will wok no problem. if you want added cooling find a fan that fits the heatsink that has a higher cfm rating. ta da done.
post #9 of 24
Also be shure its not something super huge or you can kiss the rest of your expansion slots goodbye
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post #10 of 24
thats also a good point stn. i rarely have many add in cards in my rigs (other than my server which is filled with raid cards, but my server doesnt need a beefy video card anyway so the entire subject is moot). other than my video card. so that was never an issue for me. but for others that is something that would definitly have to be taken into consideration.
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