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the vf900 dropped my idle temps alot but load temps are at 82C and the ram heatsinks just doesnt cut it.



the voltage regulator piece or whatever doesn't fit on the x1950xt unless you remove the heatsink on the card.


take a look at some pictures if you don't believe me.

http://members.shaw.ca/wzeng/temps.JPG

http://members.shaw.ca/wzeng/DSC00657.JPG

http://members.shaw.ca/wzeng/DSC00658.JPG
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I have an Accelero on each of my X1950XT and X1800XT and it has performed admirably on both cards. In an un-air-conditioned room during a really hot day I idle between 43-45C while loading 72C max (this is hours of Oblivion). In an air-conditioned room, I'm now idling at 37C and I rarely ever hit 70C at load - mostly hit around 67C. This is all monitored by Riva Tuner with my fan speed set at 85%, which is virtually inaudible.

The thing about this though is that I have a modded Ultra Aluminus case. My side panel comes stock with vents to allow air in or out of the case near the GPU and on top of the CPU. I ended up cutting out a blow hole at the top of my case in order to help further vent out any excess build up of heat. Lastly, I also mounted an Antec Spot Cool aimed at the the X1950XT's Voltage Regulators, which, subsequently, also helps to cool down my Northbridge at the same time.

Basically what I'm saying is that changing the stock cooler is only half of the equation in terms of cooling performance for your overall system. These aftermarket coolers, as you mentioned, do not vent the heat out of the case. This means that your air circulation inside your case has to already be fully functional. So do whatever you can to increase/enhance your case's airflow and get your money's worth for your aftermarket cooler(s).
     
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i already have 2 80mm(intake) HD cool in the front of the case which also acts as case fans, 1 80mm on the top (exhaust), 1 80mm on the side(intake), 2 80mm on the rear(exhaust)
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post #54 of 58
i assume you have the Zalman running at full speed when you're stressing it? you know it won't cool well while using ATiTool with the fan on low.

i just unplugged my FanMate and i'm happy with it. i plugged my Zalmans directly into my motherboard and set the Q-fan to Performance. now they're almost completely silent on the desktop but do a good job cooling them while in games. and i don't have to manually adjust the speed.

PS i never saw a picture of how your computer was laid out. your were holding the Zalman box in front of it. but based on what Covertash said about his temps with his Accelero, it seems like its performance is almost identical to a VF900.
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Zalman VF900 is the best trust me. Worked miracles with my X1900GT
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um one question did you apply an thermal paste
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um one question did you apply an thermal paste
i wondered about that myself, but was afraid to ask. did he do a good job cleaning the old thermal paste off before he started installing the new cooler? hopefully. it also looked by his picture that he might have an Apevia case? those things always have tons of fans but never do a great job of keeping anything cool imo.
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post #58 of 58
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yes, i used AS5. anyways, the vf900 is still a very good cooler. i prefer the vf900 over the artic cooling.
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