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post #1 of 13
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I believe I saw a thread about this a while back but I couldn't find it in any of my searches so here we go again.

We all know about the original cooler as well as the 2nd generation one with the larger fan on the 8800GT's...



...and a few specialty coolers on the market such as XFX's contribution with Zalman...



...but here we have what appears to be (based on different opinions from people on various forums) a new cooler that is better than the stock cooler above...



...which is similar to the one my 8600GTS has.

Now on to the questions since I can't seem to get a straight answer out of any of my searches.

1. Why the change (I suspect to cut costs)?
2. Is this new cooler superior to the intial one in terms of cooling power?
3. Is this new cooler quieter in terms of noise created by the fan?
4. Is this new cooler (I guess this should actually read "Is the BIOS") going to allow me to modify the fan speed?
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Where did you get the picture of the bottom cooler?

As far as I knew, the 8800GS was the only one to receive a cooler like that.
    
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The XFX cards did the bottom fan design for the 8800GT's as far as I know and I read something about this before I think. The second cooler design you showed I've heard nothing about whatsoever and it looks kinda weird to me...
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Where did you get the picture of the bottom cooler?

As far as I knew, the 8800GS was the only one to receive a cooler like that.
Straight from www.xfxforce.com and I believe they released both the older coolers and the newer coolers for all versions of the 8800GT/GS since I know I have seen both types (regardless of factory overclock) during my searches for reviews.

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Quick question.What's the difference between black and green pcb version?And how can you tell new coolers from old ones?
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The latter two cards are a different PCB design. The original reference HSF will not fit on them.
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the black pbc boards are the newer revision's, however i have never seen the zalman edition, nice find
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post #8 of 13
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Yeah, I thought that was pretty cool too. Slap some ramsinks on there (I'm paranoid about things like that) and you may have a winner. They've also started to follow suit on their 9600GT's.

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post #9 of 13
the 1st pic you can control the speed ofthe fan but with the 3rd one, the fan is at 100% all the time.. i have both.. -__-
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Hmm...leaf blower but PCB that matches my mobo or a quiet card with PWM and the standard green PCB?

Fashion before function!

I play with cups on anyway so who cares?!
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