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i circled them in the pic
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@Dr4gon, If Im going to watercool a gfx card, Im not going to try to use air cooling to cool the ram. Seems kind of like half-@$$ing it to me. (not criticism, just pointing out my viewpoint)
Well.... if you want to watercool and get the very best performance, using GPU-only waterblock and some RAM sinks is the best way to go. You will get you better temperatures by 5-10C. It is not half-as if you choose this route at all.

http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=get...15&articID=554
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Originally Posted by The HD 2900XT Info Thread
There's an Info thread in the ATI section I think
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i circled them in the pic
Thank you! Yeah those will be covered by MC21 mosfet heat sinks. I wouldn't forget lol

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Well.... if you want to watercool and get the very best performance, using GPU-only waterblock and some RAM sinks is the best way to go. You will get you better temperatures by 5-10C. It is not half-as if you choose this route at all.

http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=get...15&articID=554
Yeah, that's what I was referring to, no point in dumping all that extra heat into the loop, since you could better temps. You don't think the ram sinks will get too hot do you? (That's the only thing I was afraid of) There was a thermal imaging picture of the 2900XT I saw months ago, not sure where it is now, if anyone remembers. ?

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There's an Info thread in the ATI section I think
Yeah I posted it back on the first page: http://www.overclock.net/ati/213685-...wb-2900xt.html
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If your thinkin about orderin from Aqua PC's remember that the price shown is without VAT... so you lookin at more like £65 not £52!

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cover the voltage regulator also the big black things on the back
I second that. Those chips that are marked 'Pulse' need to be heatsinked. Buy another kit of copper heatsinks and go to town
One thing that you can do is get an infrared thermometer (they aren't cheap...) at Radio Shack (keep the reciept), and run ATI Tool to load the card. After 15 minutes or so take some temp readings from different chips on the card.
Sink the hot ones. Take the thermometer back and get your $50 back.
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I second that. Those chips that are marked 'Pulse' need to be heatsinked. Buy another kit of copper heatsinks and go to town
One thing that you can do is get an infrared thermometer (they aren't cheap...) at Radio Shack (keep the reciept), and run ATI Tool to load the card. After 15 minutes or so take some temp readings from different chips on the card.
Sink the hot ones. Take the thermometer back and get your $50 back.
Yeah I know they need to be covered, but are you saying to buy MC14s (copper to cover the mosfets?) That's what the MC21s are for (they're alluminum): http://www.swiftnets.com/products/mc21.asp

lol about the infrared thermometer. I was just wanting to see what the hot spots of the card was. I swear I've seen an infrared shot of the 2900XT, or maybe it was just the 8800 (where I positively remember they found a 100C spot on the back of the card right on the GPU). I saw a reference to it on the INQ, but have not found the picture yet.

So you think ramsink's should be enough to cool all the ram spots? It wouldn't get overly hot would it? I have a blower fan that I could add, but then I don't know how I would keep the back cool since it only blows on the front.
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LOL I didn't know that they actually made mosfet coolers....that's pretty sweet!
The infrared thermometer will give a reading on an LCD, but the thermal image you saw was from a WAY more expensive machine! I've seen one of the X1950 Pro, but none from a 2900XT. If you find it I'd be interested to see it.
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LOL I didn't know that they actually made mosfet coolers....that's pretty sweet!
The infrared thermometer will give a reading on an LCD, but the thermal image you saw was from a WAY more expensive machine! I've seen one of the X1950 Pro, but none from a 2900XT. If you find it I'd be interested to see it.
lol, yeah specially designed mosfet coolers, amazing! I guess with an MCW60+ramsinks+mosfet coolers = I should be all set.

I did find this one thread on hardocp, but it was from some guy a few years back that "borrowed" one of those $80K cameras from his dad's work and took some pics of his computer and posted them. Unfortunately the links were dead, but I've seen some of the pics before.
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I still havent got an email back from the site with the EK blocks, but are we now suggesting that it'd actually be better to fimply go with a block that covers the core, with copper heatsinks on stuff that gets hot?

If so, that's great news, as I have a Maze-4 GPU block that could be reused. Much, much cheaper even with buying a ton of heatsinks and arctic silver ceramique
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