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Just because the air doesn't FEEL hot that doesn't mean it isn't working efficiently.

Heat is a just type of energy - if you have a lot of heat energy in a small volume of air, then it will feel hotter than the same amount of heat energy in a large volume of air.
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Just because the air doesn't FEEL hot that doesn't mean it isn't working efficiently.

Heat is a just type of energy - if you have a lot of heat energy in a small volume of air, then it will feel hotter than the same amount of heat energy in a large volume of air.
My point exactly if it is doing as well as it should you shouldn't waste time, money, and effort for an unneeded difference.
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This is exactly the card I have:

As you can see the stock cooler is different from the reference cooler pictured here:

more pics here

... seriously, the main point of this is that I believe the cooler COULD BE Operating more efficiently and I want to overclock a bit but temps are limiting that because noise gets out of control.
Edited by Sparhawk - 6/9/08 at 3:53pm
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Originally Posted by Sparhawk View Post
This is exactly the card I have:

As you can see the stock cooler is different from the reference cooler pictured here:

more pics here

... seriously, the main point of this is that I believe the cooler COULD BE Operating more efficiently and I want to overclock a bit but temps are limiting that because noise gets out of control.
What are the temps? As long as it isn't over 100c its perfectly normal.
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post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sparhawk View Post
This is exactly the card I have:

As you can see the stock cooler is different from the reference cooler pictured here:

more pics here

... seriously, the main point of this is that I believe the cooler COULD BE Operating more efficiently and I want to overclock a bit but temps are limiting that because noise gets out of control.
I say get the Accelero, MUCH better performance, and NO noise
and it comes with the ramsinks, just read up on how to put them on, many people don't follow the instructions and have their ramsinks coming off.
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Originally Posted by OJX View Post
I say get the Accelero, MUCH better performance, and NO noise
and it comes with the ramsinks, just read up on how to put them on, many people don't follow the instructions and have their ramsinks coming off.
Yeah, I'll probably just do that, getting rid of the small vacuum in my PC would be nice.

Thanks to all that helped!
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post #27 of 27
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Just thought I'd post an update to laugh at the tech support at Diamond Multimedia..

This is what I submitted to them:
On my HD3870 512MB the heatsink is not making contact with one of the GDDR4 chips on the card. The thermal interface material that bridges the gap between the other GDDR4 chips is missing. The Chip in question is highlighted in blue in the attached picture.

Is this a manufacturer's defect or is this just a design flaw?
...................

And they replied:
hello, that would be a error on that card.
Thank you and have a good day.
James Clark
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they answer all that with a two liner, they don`t even offer a solution. Talk about bare minimum...yes technically they 'answered' my question, but seriously...
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