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post #12531 of 43971
The cooling isn't awful, so much as the noise generated by the cooling is awful. Check out the Gelid and Arctic Cooling options. Now myself, I have have been taking apart GPUs and other PC components for the better part of a decade. So installing an aftermarket cooler I would consider pretty straight forward. For someone new to that concept, IDK. If you can operate a manual screw driver and follow step-by-step directions it shouldn't be an issue at all. But some people have the tendency to surprise me. If you're new to PC building, chances are you aren't doing much overclocking. How bad are the temperatures on your card? How aggressive of a fan profile are you running? Does the noise bother you at all?
post #12532 of 43971
thanks for the reply, seems sensible to wait a bit then and see where the overclocking scene gets to. the noise doesn't bother me too much seeing as all my case fans sound like hair dryers.
post #12533 of 43971
noise is not really a problem. the temps reach the 95 limit due to the temperature in my house being rather hot so it begins to throttle fairly quickly, thats whats drawn me towards aftermarket cooling.

edit: appologies for the double post
post #12534 of 43971
Yup, Arctic's cooler is good, just be sure to keep those vrm's in check. Also Gelids icy vision V2.

On a side note if you can handle the noise then you can ramp up stock fan. I made a custom profile in AB and I stay pretty much fan % for degree, so if I hit 70c I am at 70% fan speed. Keeps my temps down and no throttling.

Some have stated they can place their fan % at around 60% and keep it under the 95c mark to prevent throttling. Just kinda have to be willing to play around with it and see what you are willing to put up with.

I run my 290X at 1150core and 1500mem with +100mv and stay at around 80c playing BF4 etc, but I wear cans and my fans on my radiator are just about as loud so I'm used to it.
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post #12535 of 43971
Well be aware that you would likely lose out on your warranty by replacing the stock heatsink unless specified otherwise by the GPU manufacturer. If you are willing to take the risk, I would go for it- reaching 95 C and getting performance throttling in a hot house will not be a good experience with the card.
post #12536 of 43971
ive seen it mentioned that xfx will honour the warranty even with a custom cooler. any truth in that?
post #12537 of 43971
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noise is not really a problem. the temps reach the 95 limit due to the temperature in my house being rather hot so it begins to throttle fairly quickly, thats whats drawn me towards aftermarket cooling.

edit: appologies for the double post

The stock fan profile is pretty weak. Make it so the fan goes up to 60% around the 75C mark. I was able to use my card without throttling on the stock cooler with no issues other than it being too loud for my liking. And since I use it for Folding@Home 24/7 it was a nuisance for watching TV or sporting events while sitting at the PC. I put on a waterblock and added it to my water loop. Now I can't get it over 50C if I tried.
post #12538 of 43971
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ive seen it mentioned that xfx will honour the warranty even with a custom cooler. any truth in that?

Yeah, but sometimes they like to know in advance. IF you have an XFX card, register it with them and shoot them an email telling them that you want to replace the cooler. Nine times out of ten they give you the green light.
post #12539 of 43971
okay ill do that now. in terms of which cooler to fit if i choose that route, do you recomend either one in particular, or are they both equal (arctic and gelid's)?
post #12540 of 43971
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ive seen it mentioned that xfx will honour the warranty even with a custom cooler. any truth in that?

Are you based in North America? If so, yes they will but it is advised to call them up and confirm first. But if you are going with an aftermarket air cooler, that involves permanent sticking of heatsinks to the card so you can't put the stock cooler back on for RMA (a requirement).
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