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I would look for someone replacing their dual slot cooler for aftermarket and get those for cheap. Ive got the dual slot cooler and its working great
My visiontek came with a non-reference cooler. I was going to swap it out, but it looks like some components have been moved around. So I dont think a reference dual slot cooler will fit mine. IDK if it is the same as those with a single slot cooler.

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I had a red sapphire card and I had to rma it and the replacement for that was another red one which artifacted like mad even when on the desktop. They ended up sending me a blue board one to replace the one that artifacted and I'm getting better temps than the red one. I have the fan settings to my liking though through rivatuner. Like syncmaster said the stock fan speeds suck. If you don't mind a loud fan I'd stick with the stock cooler.

The layout on the blueboard may be different than the red and also the sapphire dual slot is crap so I wouldn't buy the dual slot cooler.

Also, it seemed that the companies that offered the dual slot cooler with no heatpipes have discontinued them and moved onto single slot or non reference coolers.
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post #13 of 19
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I edited my first post and put a link in there for the exact card I got it's a blue board, so hopefully it wont artifact But I think it will be ok if I just turn up the fan speeds, my PC is so loud anyway it's not really going to matter Thanks for all the advice!
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That's the one I have and I've been folding on it since the gpu2 client came out. I get like 60-65C load temps with the fan at 80% and a 850 core clock, this is in a 22-25C room. So far no problems at all.
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That's the one I have and I've been folding on it since the gpu2 client came out. I get like 60-65C load temps with the fan at 80% and a 850 core clock, this is in a 22-25C room. So far no problems at all.
Awesome that good to hear
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I have 2 sapphire 3870s myself and I put the fan @ 100% on both and add a 120mm fan that blows right on them. Load temp is around 45 and idle is in the mid 30s
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As long as noise isn't an issue then the single slot coolers are fine. I returned mine and got the Diamond because it came with a stock dual slot cooler.
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post #18 of 19
Woot good luck with those I was eyeing them up for awhile they seem good.

I recently got my hands on the Visiontek OC 3870 with the crazy dual slot/heatpipe
cooler, its insane !! That card is a revision 1 but they had fixed the fan/ bios lock
issues before they released them , also the gddr4 will do 2600 + !!!!

I had bought the same card ericoced got and returned it after seeing the zerotherm
cooler they slapped on it, visiontek has a few skews floating around some are ok the 900202's but plagued with bios/fan problems
some are the "golden samples" of the hd3870's/ with the x-turbo III cooler with a lifetime warr to boot !!
hey my card pulls 11800 on a stock q6600 with ram 1:1 4-4-4-12 and 840/1200 on the card in PCI-E 4X !!!!!
Edited by D.J.S. - 5/22/08 at 10:05am
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I'm hoping to have the cards by Monday so when I get the installed I'll be posting all the numbers, I can't wait
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