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Heatsink Swap: GTX 480 heatsink on a 560ti 448 Classified

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Hey, I brought this question up in another forum, but got no reply
So Im starting a new one, enjoy

I have the EVGA 560 ti 448 classified and I have it in my EVGA Hadron air case. Problem is I didn't take into account the amount of heat the Double Shot cooler would exhaust back into my case, and temps do get a little hot while gaming.

This leads me to believe that a blower style cooler may be a better option at this point. As of right now I'm under the impression the GTX 560 ti 448 classy has the same PCB design as the gtx 480. So why not change coolers?



Edited by Slobergoof - 3/4/14 at 9:50am
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Got a cheap 480 heatsink off of ebay. I find it hilarious that MSI put a flameball and a jet fighter next to the fan shroud. An attempt at humor on their part?
Anyway, stickers and decals are coming off, Its not a heatsink for a 480 anymore.




Edited by Slobergoof - 3/4/14 at 9:52am
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Heatsink is nice and clean for the install

I've heard the 480 fan can get noisy. On 580 cards, they apply a foam insert on the bottoms of the fans to reduce vibration and noise

some foam cut to size did the trick as well.

The stock heatsink felt imo lighter than the 480 heatsink. The 480 is definitely more robust, and why wouldn't t it be? It has to conduct 300Watt of heat away from the card. Maybe it actually IS a better cooler than people say it is...

Edited by Slobergoof - 3/4/14 at 9:55am
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For this application, I used Antec NanoDiamond Formula 7.

Using the plastic bag and finger method, srpead a small amount of compound into the crevice of the heatsink. This enhances thermal transfer to the heatsink itself.
I also used Arctic Clean to prepare the surfaces before I did this.
When applying the paste on to the gpu, make sure it is 2 pea sizes bigger than usual. The GF110 heatsink is massive and needs alot of paste to be totally covered.

With the heatsink on, it looks just like a 480. But Its really a high power GTX 560 ti 448 Classified.biggrin.gif
its total sleeper build!




Things look great with gtx 480 shroud and heatsink. Now the results...

Much better than expected
Before, my gpu idled at 45-50C and reached 85-87C while gaming in BF3. I even capped the frames at 50fps to quell the heat and noise. Fans were loud at 55-60%
Temps inside the case were worse. My SSd and HDD could reach 40C during gaming.
4770k with a noctua cooler would reach almost 70C as well.

After the swap, 560 ti 448 now idles at 40C and reaches a max of of a mere 77C in gaming before stabilizing at 75C!
Fan speed went up to 52%, and stayed totally inaudible!
My components are very cool and never went over 33C!
Cpu temps stabilized at 45C during gaming.
This heatsink is great, I should have done this sooner.

i will post more results as they come. if you enjoyed or found this informative, please rep+1 or comment, Cheers
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Edited by Slobergoof - 3/5/14 at 9:04am
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The 480 had an incredible Heatsink assembly.
But that was mostly due to the fact that Fermi was so hot they couldn't get away with a less robust cooler.
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Awesome mod dude! Those results are nice. thumb.gif
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The 480 had an incredible Heatsink assembly.
But that was mostly due to the fact that Fermi was so hot they couldn't get away with a less robust cooler.

I still miss my GTX 480s with acellero coolers. sad-smiley-002.gif
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I still miss my GTX 480s with acellero coolers. sad-smiley-002.gif

Buying a 480 is one of the best hardware purchases ive ever made.
Buying a 480 with a turbine/blower cooler is one of the dumbest hardware decisions ive ever made. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

The 480 had an incredible Heatsink assembly.
But that was mostly due to the fact that Fermi was so hot they couldn't get away with a less robust cooler.

This is true, the 480 was an insanely hot gpu. But it's cooler was definitely great. A guy had put these coolers on his 580s, and apparently they cooled better than the vapor chambers.
This card is OCed to 797 Mhz on the core. At this point, I get 60 fps in BF3 on ultra settings but no MSAA. I am happy with this card, it really still has much to offer in terms of running today's games.
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Great post thank you!
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

The 480 had an incredible Heatsink assembly.
But that was mostly due to the fact that Fermi was so hot they couldn't get away with a less robust cooler.

This is true, the 480 was an insanely hot gpu. But it's cooler was definitely great. A guy had put these coolers on his 580s, and apparently they cooled better than the vapor chambers.
This card is OCed to 797 Mhz on the core. At this point, I get 60 fps in BF3 on ultra settings but no MSAA. I am happy with this card, it really still has much to offer in terms of running today's games.
haha, I didn't realize the 480 heatsink was that good although the newest cards are probably even better. I thought the 480 cooler used vapor chambers?
Pretty cool post!
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