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Installed AMD FX CPU cooler onto ATI 4870 with awesome results...

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Hey guys, this is my first thread here so I thought I'd start with a little project I just finished up...

I was tired of the harrier-like noise coming from my 4870 so I decided to do something about it while using whatever I had lying around. So with my 0 dollar budget I began brainstorming, and here is what I came up with...










I had a stock AMD FX CPU cooler hanging around that had more cooling surface than the stock 4870 cooler, not to mention a MUCH quieter fan and a better design. The memory chips were already under heatsinks so I didn't have to worry about those. I basciallu used the stock bottom moutning bracket and fed some 20lb/ft cable ties through the board and cooler, this provided enough toreuq to bend down the bracket and provide constant pressure on the GPU. After that it was just a matter of splicing the fan connector in and voila!

The 4870 is now idling 5 deg C cooler and is dead silent... The bonus is under load, the fan has not once gone above 25% and I was able to clock it to 800/1950.

Not sure if anyone has done this before, but with a little ingenuity, CPU coolers can make a great upgrade for a noisy card!
post #2 of 6
Nice mod!
post #3 of 6
That's neat. Nice job!
post #4 of 6
Awesome. Why have I never thought of this lol
 
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Phenom II X4 970 @ 4 Ghz Asus M4A88TD-V EVO IceQ-X 7850 2GB @ 1150/1400/1.15v G.Skill Snipers 8GB DDR3 1333 (2x4GB) 
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Asus DVD Burner CoolerMaster GeminII S524 Win 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" S24D590 (1080p) 
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Well done!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Solid 3 Samsung DVD RW with Lightscribe XSPC Dual bay pump/res XSPC Delta V3 CPU Block 
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Phobya Compression Fittings Black Ice Xtreme II 240mm Radiator Koolance BKT-HX001 Radiator Mounting Bracket Various versions of Linux 
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Windows of some sort Acer 27" LED LCD  Samsung 19" LCD Saitek Cyborg 
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Thanks guys... If I were to give suggestions I'd say this mod wouldn't be for cards that are well overclock ed or cards that have a maximum wattage of 150+. Gpu s tend to get alot hotter than cpu s so be careful on your choice, also some cpu coolers just suck like older intels so keep in mind that all the research and development of this mod are all on you if you try it! It was fun though. I have a 6850 on the way, I wouldn't try it on that lol
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