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I was thinking about adding water blocks to my RX480s but the block is too much @ $120 while the reference card cost me $240. I spent the same amount @$120 for my GTX 980TI SC block but the gpu was @$650 new and the same amount for the block for my GTX 1080 FE which cost $699.

I might water cool a Vega when it comes out.
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The only way to watercool an RX480 at a sensible cost is with a closed loop cooler and modding it yourself. Ideally you want a Seidon 120m/120xl/240m that have holes exactly at the gpu holes and only need screws to mount (plus as old models they can be found cheap in classifieds) but generally any AIO will do with more or less modding and there are tons of cheap models out there.

2 years ago I bought a used Seidon 120xl for 30 euros. It has proved invaluable and was used in 3 cards since then. Now I am about to put it on my RX480. Best 30 euros I ever spent. If I had bought fullcover blocks for those cards I would be 400 euros short now and a drawer full of useless metal.

The only tricky part is finding a way to cool the VRM. The RX480 is pretty easy on that front as they do not get as hot as the 290(X) or 390(X).
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The only way to watercool an RX480 at a sensible cost is with a closed loop cooler and modding it yourself.

personally i dont see a reason to use a clc or any water cooling when you can hit some nice clocks with a good air cooler so long as you cool the VRMs enough the core is easy on these.
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Hrm. So with ReLive active my CPU's starting to hit 60C, where 50-55 was the max before with BF1 and no ReLive active. It IS at 4.8Ghz.. lol anyhow I saw over 100C on my VRM1 again and I'm not really liking that. I have this little heatsink off of my old HP that served me well, (bear with me here) I'm thinking about cutting it down the middle and adhering it (one of the two two cut pieces on either side of the VRM strip) to the rear of my backplate, after replacing the thermal padding between the rear of my card and my backplate. Sort of hard to explain right now, but basically I want to make one long skinny sink that's gonna reach across where the VRM thermal pad touches the backplate. (I know, sounds nuts)

What thermal padding and TIM should I get, I know one of you just recently replaced yours on your 480 I think?
Here's the heatsink I was talking about, it's 1.5" squareish with the mount holes. 1/2" tall fins. I was gonna cut it and place it side by side to make a 3"x3/4" heatsink. I just don't know how I'd get it secured to the backplate tightly.
    
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Hrm. So with ReLive active my CPU's starting to hit 60C, where 50-55 was the max before with BF1 and no ReLive active. It IS at 4.8Ghz.. lol anyhow I saw over 100C on my VRM1 again and I'm not really liking that. I have this little heatsink off of my old HP that served me well, (bear with me here) I'm thinking about cutting it down the middle and adhering it (one of the two two cut pieces on either side of the VRM strip) to the rear of my backplate, after replacing the thermal padding between the rear of my card and my backplate. Sort of hard to explain right now, but basically I want to make one long skinny sink that's gonna reach across where the VRM thermal pad touches the backplate. (I know, sounds nuts)

What thermal padding and TIM should I get, I know one of you just recently replaced yours on your 480 I think?
Here's the heatsink I was talking about, it's 1.5" squareish with the mount holes. 1/2" tall fins. I was gonna cut it and place it side by side to make a 3"x3/4" heatsink. I just don't know how I'd get it secured to the backplate tightly.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9F93MK6301

thats a decent option and what i used to replace my thermal pads
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Hi fellow Polaris owners. Just bought RX 470 for my son's PC. Haven't had AMD GPU in a while, can't figure out one thing: power limit adjustments are not available in latest Afterfurner, or so it seems. Fresh install of win 10, latest Relieve drivers, latest public version of Afterburner. I can change power limit in wattman, but not in Afterburner. There isn't even an option for that. What am I doing wrong?
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Hi fellow Polaris owners. Just bought RX 470 for my son's PC. Haven't had AMD GPU in a while, can't figure out one thing: power limit adjustments are not available in latest Afterfurner, or so it seems. Fresh install of win 10, latest Relieve drivers, latest public version of Afterburner. I can change power limit in wattman, but not in Afterburner. There isn't even an option for that. What am I doing wrong?

youre doing everything right you just have to change power limit in wattman or it doesnt stick. Just use wattman to set power limit than AB for everything else
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I OC my XFX RS 8gb to 1310mhz core clock, max temp at 78° playing watchdogs in a very hot day (Honduras), not to bad, no throttling and i dont change any vcore, i will test more mhz to GTR OC range.rolleyes.gif
    
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youre doing everything right you just have to change power limit in wattman or it doesnt stick. Just use wattman to set power limit than AB for everything else

The issue is not that power limit doesn't stick, it's that I don't even see the option in Afterburner to adjust the power limit. That leads me to suspect something is wrong in terms of drivers/afterburner install or I haven't unlocked some unofficial option or something. Unless Afterburner doesn't support RX 470 power limit adjustments at all?
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Under the General settings tab...make sure you have the voltages, and the others unlocked.

EDIT: You may have to check the AMD one too.


Edited by Hequaqua - 2/10/17 at 11:16am
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