Originally Posted by Phelan
Gotchya, I didn't see you mention that. Cheapest way would be an aftermarket cooler as mentioned, although benchmark tests in my experience always run quite a bit hotter than gaming. Is the heatsink on the cooler aluminum, and somewhat rough? I have a Galaxy 560 ti that was like this, and I just sanded the base a little bit (where it contacts the chip) as seen below, so the surface are was a bit smoother for better contact and heat dissipation. I like IC Diamond but on these rectangular chips it is difficult to apply for even spread, and spread won't happen well at all if the heatsink is like mine was. I recommend sanding it and using a similar TIM that's softer, like Swiftech TIM Mate 2, which is what I used. I also painted the cooler. My benching temps dropped from over 100*C to 85*C peak just from this.
Heatsink is copper, i took this pic from some ones post on ocn who has the same card just to show you what it looks like,
I will try using the Swiftech TIM Mate 2, although ill probably have to get it shipped overseas to me..pretty sure it wont be available here..
I understand that the temps are high during a testing than gaming but on idle it was running at :
These temps were noted after switching on my pc after days coz i had disassembled it for some mod work..
Also, i opened the card again a few days back, though im not an expert at telling how well the compound was spread but its seemed pretty even to me,
its really sad as i would have loved to water cool it... im not sure if id be upgrading anytime soon.
Ill definitely look in to the TIM you suggested.
As well as a after market cooler, are there any compatibility issues with those coolers too?Edited by cheeesus - 8/25/13 at 5:55pm