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Well I just got a 9700 Pro a few days ago for my backup rig (my alt system in profile). I only paid $30 shipped (eBay), and it replaced my Sapphire 9600XT 256mb. I few OC'ing questions:

I've heard that you cannot tell the temperature of the 9700 Pro because it doesn't have a sensor for it. I've checked ATITool and ATI Tray Tools and neither report a temp. Is this true?

If it is true, how safe is it to overclock, or how good of an OC'er is it? I haven't done much, just check for artifacts.

Last, which cooler would you recommend for it? I've heard the Zalman VF700-CU or the VF900-CU are great coolers. Would you go with one of these or something different?

A lot of questions sorry, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks fellas!
    
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vf900 for sure
    
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Good deal, I got a 9800pro for $15 a few weeks ago

Anyway, yes it's true that there is no temp sensor. You'll have to let the artifacts be your sensor and trust that you have good enough cooling. What I did was apply AS5 and take out that dinky stock fan and screw a high speed 60mm fan right on the heatsink. For free, I was able to overclock the core a whole 68mhz just from the upgraded fan.

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Good deal, I got a 9800pro for $15 a few weeks ago

Anyway, yes it's true that there is no temp sensor. You'll have to let the artifacts be your sensor and trust that you have good enough cooling. What I did was apply AS5 and take out that dinky stock fan and screw a high speed 60mm fan right on the heatsink. For free, I was able to overclock the core a whole 68mhz just from the upgraded fan.

Good luck
Where you got it so cheap???

Yeah, what fishie said, try OCing until you get artifacts..
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Good deal, I got a 9800pro for $15 a few weeks ago

Anyway, yes it's true that there is no temp sensor. You'll have to let the artifacts be your sensor and trust that you have good enough cooling. What I did was apply AS5 and take out that dinky stock fan and screw a high speed 60mm fan right on the heatsink. For free, I was able to overclock the core a whole 68mhz just from the upgraded fan.

Good luck
I like that. I think doing some free mods on it would be fun, and considering I only paid $30 for it I'm not too worried. I can't remember who initially did this, but someone here at OC.net used some upside down staples for RAMsinks.... might try this on the back side and put a 120mm fan over that. Then screw a 60mm fan on the front like you said. Haven't decided yet, but I'm seriously considering it, and posting some picks to display my "ghetto mod", lol.
    
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Here is mine as of 30 seconds ago. As you can see it fits nicely and covers the whole heatsink.

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^ That's sweet, dude. I just kinda sifted through some stuff, and I don't think I have any spare 60mm fans.... . Gonna have to wait until I can order one. All I seem to have is 3 120mm fans. Hmmm....

Oh, and Fishie36 - did you take off the little stock fan or leave it on under that 60mm?
    
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The 9700 Pro doesn't have a temp sensor so it does make oc'ing a bit risky.

I recommend a VF900-CU as soon as I fitted it to my 9700Pro, I was able to oc to 409/332 (stock @ 324/309). I have run it at 423/330 and scored 50k in AM3.
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^ That's sweet, dude. I just kinda sifted through some stuff, and I don't think I have any spare 60mm fans.... . Gonna have to wait until I can order one. All I seem to have is 3 120mm fans. Hmmm....

Oh, and Fishie36 - did you take off the little stock fan or leave it on under that 60mm?
Actually the lil stock fan died, but I did take it off anyway. There's just 3 very small screws holding it in. You will need like an eyeglasses screwdriver.
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