Originally Posted by ahmedmo1
If you're not OCing much, I wouldn't get an aftermarket cooler. I find aftermarket GPU coolers a gross waste of money for anything but high-end cards. If the card has a half decent cooler to start with, no need for one.
So lower noise means nothing? Have you ever even heard one of these things at load? Even deaf people find them unbearably loud.
should people also stick with those horrible stock CPU coolers unless they want to OC?
Originally Posted by Buxty
Okay so its been a while since i've checked up on this thread, i'm glad its still around
I've seen a good few posts about aftermarket cooling and i was wondering what you guys think would be the best price/performance cooler for someone like me who doesn't plan to OC much if at all (XFX locked voltage) and might be getting another XT in a few months to Crossfire with.
I've seen a few that seem promising, like the AC S1 Plus, the AC Twin Turbo II and the Prolimatech MK-26. In the UK the S1 is somewhere around 20GBP, with the TwinTurbo being around 35GBP. The MK-26 soars in at 50GBP.
All i really want is something worth breaking the warranty sticker for, i'm not sure the Mk-26 is worth it for a card that won't be able to overclock much and i wondered what the setup on the S1 Plus was like. Any thoughts appreciated
I have to say spend the extra money and get the MK-26. It is well worth it. At stock speeds I can run the fans at 500RPM while gaming and still keeps the temps well below 50C. And at 500RPM most half decent fans are pretty damn quiet. That alone makes it worth the price.
Another things is that it is very well designed. Not just thermally, but also in terms of it's compatibility.
As far as I know, no other similar product has as wide a range of supported cards. And as you can see, it leaves you pretty good options for upgrading your GPU to near all current models, but it also stands to reason that it will support the new AMD GPU's. Either with the 79xx adaptor or with a new adapter that is sure to come out if needed.
So while it may be more expensive, it hasby far the best performance and the fact that it gives you room for future upgrades, makes it a good long term investment.