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Between the 8800GTX and 8800Ultra coolers which performs better? My friend ordered two air cooled 8800 Ultra's and is going to water cool them so they will be trash to him. I plan on taking them off and putting them on my GTX's only if they perform better. They should shouldn't they? Also what new ram thermal paste or thermal ceramic should I look to replace the stock one?
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They should be the same for all the 8800's.
 
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The 8800 Ultra is a different cooler for the cards than the GTX.
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post #4 of 17
I would guess the Ultra cooler is better since it's an overclocked GTX and if you put on some AS5, it should help a bit.
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post #5 of 17
Slightly better at best. If you want better air cooling, grab a pair of HR-03 Plus(s). You could probably sell them on ebay for some dough though.
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They're pretty much the same coolers.....

You should put on those Ultra coolers, flash to Ultra BIOS, sell both cards, and buy new GTX's. I see profit.
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post #7 of 17
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They're pretty much the same coolers.....

You should put on those Ultra coolers, flash to Ultra BIOS, sell both cards, and buy new GTX's. I see profit.
HAHAHA I don't know about that....

But the coolers might work better. Try them out. Just make sure you get good contact with the RAM chips... they come with thick thermal pads on them (I know, I taken off the Cooler on my GTX). If you don't put something with the thickness of those pads back on, they wont make good contact and you'll have temperature problems.
    
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After that last post, if you can do alright with thermal compound (i.e. get good contact), I use two types: AS5 for temp testing and comparisons, then once I know I have the right cooler or whatever I use MX-1 for the loooong haul.... MX-1 takes 2-3 weeks to cure, but once its cured it cools better than AS5 by 1-2 degrees Celsius.
    
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What should I look for in terms of thermal pads or thermal grease for ram? I know that the pads are like the cream on an oreo, you never know which its going to stick to. (Experience from friends AGP 7900 GT)
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I can't find any info on thermal pad reviews for which is better, but my guess is that any thermal pad made by a reputable thermal compound company should be ok... at this point in the technology I think they've essentially reached a barrier in how heat-conductive they can get. But I will add that, and this only my personal opinion, using something such as arctic silver ceramic paste to attach RAMsinks should work just fine... just use it to create a suction between the RAM and heatsink, and as long as the two are close enough, the ceramic will create enough suction to keep it in place (assuming you are using aluminum heatsinks, and not copper, which may be too heavy?). And I say ceramic paste over the silver stuffs because you might need a little extra applied to assure good suction, and the ceramic is non-conductive, where applying "extra" silver compound has inherent risks if it gets on the wrong components. But then most RAMsinks come with an adhesive tape pre-installed on them, which is usually good enough for the job; just be wary of reusing RAMsinks and that tape... it loses stickiness significantly after the first contact application (and hence using a ceramic paste as a backup plan; just remove the tape first). Anyway, hope this helps a little!
    
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