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Hi all,

I recently added a 980Ti G1 Gigabyte to my arsenal to couple it with a 980Ti reference which I already had.

I contemplating whether I should go or not for a better cooling solution for the reference model, because I feel I can up the O/C a bit more but most of all keep the temps at lower levels.

Right now I can do safely around 230/400 in the reference model, so that limits my G1 substantially higher o/c capabilities by a significant 100MHz or more in SLi. Yeah I know I'm an arse but once you have them in your hands you just want to squeeze the best out of them. After all we are in Overclock.net, so this is one of the few places on the internet where my odds of being understood are better biggrin.gif
Of course I don't know if the reference model can do much better with more voltage and better cooling solution but it's a thought.

I don't want to sell my current reference model and get another G1, because I'd lose a significant amount of money.

So what would you recommend me?
One option is to go with a waterblock and a backplate but what about cooling the rest of the SKU?
Same goes with an AIO solution I believe?
Or maybe go with air like Accelero Extreme IV?

I'd appreciate any further feedback on this. Thanks in advance smile.gif
post #2 of 17
What's your expectation of keeping your "temps at lower levels"?

How low are you trying to keep them?
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post #3 of 17
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To tell you the truth I don't care that much for very low temps. Just those that won't throttle my highest achievable boost O/C in SLi.
After all GPUs are much more tolerant in heat so I'm not worrying much about that.
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If it was me and I already had a reference I would have bought another reference. rolleyes.gif
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Well there's the matter of availability.. Hard to believe but it's impossible to find a reference in the market here nowadays,but an aftermarket solution is a more viable option and with the same money.. So even if it was available, which is not why not go for a better o/cer anyway? I would imagine 2 reference would be a noise hell in my tower when fan would reach 75% or more..
Thanks for the tip James anything to add on the subject?
Edited by orbitech - 10/8/15 at 9:56am
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Well there's the matter of availability.. Hard to believe but it's impossible to find a reference in the market here nowadays,but an aftermarket solution is a more viable option and with the same money.. So even if it was available, which is not why not go for a better o/cer anyway? I would imagine 2 reference would be a noise hell in my tower when fan would reach 75% or more..
Thanks for the tip James anything to add on the subject?

Well in that case it sounds like your only option is to just run them and see how it works out. In SLI your going to be limited by the lower clock.
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post #7 of 17
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Just bumping up the thread.
I can do safely around 1430/7800 for everything this is a rock stable o/c for 24/7 in SLi.
G1 model seems really good it can boost up when tested individually up to 1560 boost sometimes..
But reference is more or less rock stable at 1450 boost..
So this limits me to reference clocks, which are not bad but due to heat issues in heavily gpu utilized games like Unity and Witcher 3 it can downclock boost to 1366/1380.

I can't stop thinking that if I could power the reference model and cool it better I could probably squeeze a little more performance out of it or at least keep much more stable clocks at boost, which is not an easy thing due to the reference model.
That is why I'm asking for a cooling solution in this situation for the reference model. What would you advise me to do? (Air or water solutions are welcome)
Edited by orbitech - 10/26/15 at 4:22am
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Just bumping up the thread.
I can do safely around 1430/7800 for everything this is a rock stable o/c for 24/7 in SLi.
G1 model seems really good it can boost up when tested individually up to 1560 boost sometimes..
But reference is more or less rock stable at 1450 boost..
So this limits me to reference clocks, which are not bad but due to heat issues in heavily gpu utilized games like Unity and Witcher 3 it can downclock boost to 1366/1380.

I can't stop thinking that if I could power the reference model and cool it better I could probably squeeze a little more performance out of it or at least keep much more stable clocks at boost, which is not an easy thing due to the reference model.
That is why I'm asking for a cooling solution in this situation for the reference model. What would you advise me to do? (Air or water solutions are welcome)

Water is going to be the best option for cooling; however, those G1 cards are non reference and there may not be a water block available for it. If your not going to do a loop and put both cards and the CPU in it you might look in to a AIO type solution for just the reference card.
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there is a new corsair hg10 bracket out that fits that card. on amazon for 39.99 then put an all in one cooler on it. and boom will never break 50 celsius even when overclocked plus silent. thats what i did with my 290
    
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Water is going to be the best option for cooling; however, those G1 cards are non reference and there may not be a water block available for it. If your not going to do a loop and put both cards and the CPU in it you might look in to a AIO type solution for just the reference card.

Atm I'm not looking for a complete custom w/c setup, it will cost a significant amount. Thus I'm thinking about only a solution like caenlen suggested or a great air cooling solution. BTW Accelero Extreme III or IV are good options?
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there is a new corsair hg10 bracket out that fits that card. on amazon for 39.99 then put an all in one cooler on it. and boom will never break 50 celsius even when overclocked plus silent. thats what i did with my 290

Thanks will check it.. Do you think it will adequately cool the VRMs with that though?
Edited by orbitech - 10/26/15 at 6:22am
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