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Replacing 7950 Vapor X Boost 92mm stock fans with 2 x Noctua NF-B9s

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Hi Everyone,

I've decided that the noise that my GPU produces is getting a bit annoying. When I'm playing hour long sessions of Civilization V, the GPU gets all hot and bothered and therefore, loud.

This is the loudest component in my PC, including the case fans, when it is under load.

I can remove the plastic fascia of the Vapor-X Boost: http://www.overclockersclub.com/vimages/sapphire_7950_vaporx/22.jpg
Then I was thinking of putting two Noctua NF-B9 fans next to each other directly on the heatsink: http://www.overclockersclub.com/vimages/sapphire_7950_vaporx/24.jpg with some rubber pads or foam to reduce vibrations.

Then I don't know whether or not to try to make a housing to cover the fans, or to just leave them uncovered?

Hopefully doing this mod will enable the GPU core temps to be lower, so I can OC the GPU, but will doing this reduce the VRM temps as well?

Thanks.

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post #2 of 27
More airflow is going to lower most all your temps, even if component temps only drop a little bit.

Headroom is headroom, and I say its a good idea.
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More airflow is going to lower most all your temps, even if component temps only drop a little bit.

Headroom is headroom, and I say its a good idea.

Do you think I should attempt to make a cover, or leave it open. Would I see better temps with a cover?
Edited by jackoboy9 - 4/14/14 at 1:36am
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post #4 of 27
The fans themselves are already in a frame, I think a cover would be useless, and possibly even keep air from hitting the entire surface of the fins.

I am usually one to try both ways, there probably wont be a difference.

However, a cover executed in the right fashion could look awesome. :]
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The fans themselves are already in a frame, I think a cover would be useless, and possibly even keep air from hitting the entire surface of the fins.

I am usually one to try both ways, there probably wont be a difference.

However, a cover executed in the right fashion could look awesome. :]

Do you think that if I were to make one that it should be out of aluminium or acrylic?
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I vote aluminum, and get it anodized to match your motherboard.

Like a TUF series shroud.
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Have you also considered the A9x14 fans. Similar performance to the B9s but thinner profile.
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Have you also considered the A9x14 fans. Similar performance to the B9s but thinner profile.

I see that they can spin faster. Will the thicker fans perform better and/or quieter than the 14mm ones? I don't think I'm restricted on thickness.

EDIT: I looked up Noctua's specs on the two fans and the B9 is superior in every way. wink.gif
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The thickness must help alot with static pressure, help push more air through fins.
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no point in a shroud..
What's the CFM of those fans?
I'd just zip-tie them on and call it a day.
Probably using 4 zip-ties per fan and cutting them to fit.
 
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