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Will this GPU run cooler overall than my current one?

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Current GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500270

Newer GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443


My Zotac GTX 660 runs a little on the warm side when gaming because my case (NCase M1) doesn't have much ventilation for the graphics card. Since the heatsink on the Gigabyte card is a bit larger and extends past the PCB, do you think I'll get better temps?

The only reason I want it to run cooler overall is so the fan won't be blasting as loudly to keep the temps in check (looking to keep everything below 70-75C here)

Here's a list of the components, and a picture of how everything is currently laid out
  1. 4-pin ATX power connector
  2. HD AUDIO header
  3. 4-pin PWM fan connector
  4. SATA cable to SSD
  5. 24-pin mobo power connector
  6. USB 3.0 header


Edited by mingqi53 - 3/29/14 at 9:51am
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According to Toms Hardware (take their opinion on things as you will) with temperature testing between the Zotac and Gigabyte, the Gigabyte beats it by a good 13c, so you would see a decent drop in temps.


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Meh, I don't think selling a 660 and buying a new one is worth the trouble for a slight reduction in noise. If you're gonna change GPUs, you should get something a little faster.

Have you tried undervolting it and creating a custom fan curve? Maybe you could just buy an aftermarket heatsink.
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/29/14 at 9:26am
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Why not just replace the heat sink with a better one?
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Why not just replace the heat sink with a better one?

What better ones are out there? I figure if I'm going to go through the trouble of replacing a heatsink, I'll go with a Kraken G10 and mount a CLC :\
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Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

Meh, I don't think selling a 660 and buying a new one is worth the trouble for a slight reduction in noise. If you're gonna change GPUs, you should get something a little faster.

Have you tried undervolting it and creating a custom fan curve? Maybe you could just buy an aftermarket heatsink.

I have considered getting a GTX 760, but they require additional power connectors (not sure how much more power it actually consumes over the 660, but I'm using a 450W SFX PSU by Silverstone).

I figure if I can sell my 660 for $140 or so, I'm looking at spending either an extra $100 for a 760 for a little more performance, or an extra $20-40 for a similar card with better cooling/noise.

I haven't undervolted, but I have created a custom fan curve using MSI Afterburner. At 80C the fans are at 55%, which is already fairly loud. The problem is, the NCase has no ventilation for the graphics card, other than an air intake from the bottom of the case (no vents for the GPU in the side panel)
Edited by mingqi53 - 3/29/14 at 9:35am
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You should keep your current graphics card until the GTX 800 series is out, then buy something that will use less power than your current GTX 660. Power use is ultimately where the heat comes from. That said, I bet a card with a better cooler that's simply more quiet does most of what you want and is more important than the power use of the GPU. Next time you buy a card, try to see which one has the most quiet cooler.

Alternatively, there's aftermarket coolers like this one for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186096

That's just an example, the price is too high to make it a good choice.

Is there a way to get more fresh air to your graphics card in your case? If that's possible and the temperatures on the card are improved, you could afterwards take control of the fan profile for the graphics card fans and let them run a lot slower.
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Pretty much any stock GPU cooler is crap, just like on a CPU. Look into the different Arctic Cooling setups. My card is a shorty and doesn't get as hot as yours anyway but after I got my cooler it never goes above 46c and 30% fan speed while mining/folding and I can no longer hear the fan at all.
Edited by Mercyflush64 - 3/29/14 at 10:32am
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You should keep your current graphics card until the GTX 800 series is out, then buy something that will use less power than your current GTX 660. Power use is ultimately where the heat comes from. That said, I bet a card with a better cooler that's simply more quiet does most of what you want and is more important than the power use of the GPU. Next time you buy a card, try to see which one has the most quiet cooler.

Alternatively, there's aftermarket coolers like this one for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186096

That's just an example, the price is too high to make it a good choice.

Is there a way to get more fresh air to your graphics card in your case? If that's possible and the temperatures on the card are improved, you could afterwards take control of the fan profile for the graphics card fans and let them run a lot slower.

Well, I don't think the 800 series will be released until later this year, and I'd like to get this build optimized sooner rather than later :\

I think it gets plenty of fresh air from the bottom of the case (has fan mounts), the problem is the air is dumped into the case and has a hard time getting exhausted out. The side panel gets very warm to the touch after 2 hours of gaming (aluminum also transfers heat very very well).

I checked out Arctic Cooling's offerings, the backplate heatsink will interfere with my SATA ports, HD audio plug, and USB 3 header:
  1. 4-pin ATX power connector
  2. HD AUDIO header
  3. 4-pin PWM fan connector
  4. SATA cable to SSD
  5. 24-pin mobo power connector
  6. USB 3.0 header



I'm ordering some more flexible modular cables so I can clear up the cables running along the bottom of the case and maybe mount some fans down there as intakes
Edited by mingqi53 - 3/29/14 at 9:51am
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