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You'll really see a huge difference if you get an Artic Cooling Accelero S1, even though you already said you don't want to go that route. I run HD3850's at 900MHz on air with a single slow 120mm fan blowing through the cards and heatsinks. Temps sit around 55C under full load with very little noise compared to 85C with a painful whine on the stock cooler.. The stock coolers for the HD3850/70 really were terrible, the 9600GT is a little bit better but still much louder than a quiet 120mm.

As for adjusting fan speed, rivatuner and atitool can set the fan speeds, still better off with aftermarket air though.
    
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Is it possible to change VGA cooler on a 3850 or 9600gt as simple as a CPU cooler?
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Yes. It took me all of 5 minutes to switch from the stock HD3850 to S1 coolers
    
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Yeh know the cards I suggested come with acceleros already on them

See if you can find any for a good price in Hungary
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My 3870 has a default fan setting of 25% which is too low for gaming but fine otherwise. It is quieter than the ANTEC 550watt PSU that I have.
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
Using a passive card is very risky, they tend to get extremely hot.
Definitely. My old 7600gs passive got 94 while gaming. Although, even some active coolers are worse. When we had a 7900gt, it's stock cooler with a fan hit 110°C before kicking the fans speed up

btw I love my accelero S1. It knocked 30°C off load temps on my 8800gt when passive.
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