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post #5621 of 6404
Blower types and cards that exhaust internally will both work great, ive used both for 580's and 680's, 970's should be no different.

If running sli though i would go for a card that exhausts externally, OCUK have 970's with the 980 style reference cooler.
Edited by khemist - 10/18/14 at 12:21am
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I am really hesitant to get another ref design card ... after seeing, well hearing how noisy my GTX680 got ... it really has made me rethink this approach ...


What about the ACX cards from EVGA or the Zotac cards ?
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They would be fine for single card use.
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post #5624 of 6404
Turns out my FT02 didn't come with an accessory box or manual, so I emailed support and asked for one.
On the same day I emailed Silverstone they sent one out to me free of charge, and I received it in the mail the next day.

How's that for customer service?
post #5625 of 6404
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I am really hesitant to get another ref design card ... after seeing, well hearing how noisy my GTX680 got ... it really has made me rethink this approach ...


What about the ACX cards from EVGA or the Zotac cards ?
I'd recommend MSI or ASUS if you're going single GPU. They are the quietest of the 970s available and offer an ideal heatpipe orientation for this case. That said, the 900 series, even reference, runs remarkably cool and should be easy to keep quiet.
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post #5626 of 6404
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I'd recommend MSI or ASUS if you're going single GPU. They are the quietest of the 970s available and offer an ideal heatpipe orientation for this case. That said, the 900 series, even reference, runs remarkably cool and should be easy to keep quiet.

How is the orientation of the Gigabyte/MSI compared to the Zotac AMP Omega/Amp Extreme
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post #5627 of 6404
I haven't been able to find a picture of Zotac's heatsinks for the 970, but both the Omega and Extreme seem to have heatpipes that run straight from the core without bending, like Gigabye's WindForce models:



Although it doesn't make a huge difference, in cases where the motherboard is rotated 90* heatpipes laid out like above don't perform as well as they could due to gravity and thermal resistance. A card with heatpipes that bend and offer a larger volume of space for the heat to wick is more desirable:

ASUS:


MSI:


I suggested ASUS and MSI's models because they have both turn their fans off at idle, have the lowest fan noise at noise of models available at load and offer lower temperatures than other currently available models. Assuming noise bothers you like it does me I'd spring for these models, otherwise the 900 series is remarkably quiet, so I doubt you can go wrong with most offerings, even if the heatpipe orientation increases temperatures by a few degrees.
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post #5628 of 6404
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Originally Posted by claes View Post

I haven't been able to find a picture of Zotac's heatsinks for the 970, but both the Omega and Extreme seem to have heatpipes that run straight from the core without bending, like Gigabye's WindForce models:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Although it doesn't make a huge difference, in cases where the motherboard is rotated 90* heatpipes laid out like above don't perform as well as they could due to gravity and thermal resistance. A card with heatpipes that bend and offer a larger volume of space for the heat to wick is more desirable:

ASUS: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

MSI: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I suggested ASUS and MSI's models because they have both turn their fans off at idle, have the lowest fan noise at noise of models available at load and offer lower temperatures than other currently available models. Assuming noise bothers you like it does me I'd spring for these models, otherwise the 900 series is remarkably quiet, so I doubt you can go wrong with most offerings, even if the heatpipe orientation increases temperatures by a few degrees.


Thanks so much for the in-depth reply, I really really appreciate it.

The reason I have not jumped on the MSI is due to the fact that it looks horrid (personal opinion, don't hate on me) and the Asus is well, its great and all but I have a friend that ordered 3 and had issues with all 3.

The Zotac card I am looking at in my opinion is gorgeous (AMP! Omega) and is the closest match in a GPU that I can get to math the Mpower board I have

Noise was never an issue for me as my case isn't exactly the quietest and I run the AP's on full in my Raven 02-e

The main attraction for the card though is the dual 8pin connectors and the possibilities that may bring in the future (if I can actually find someone that ships Zotac to my country)
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post #5629 of 6404
It's probably been asked already, but how well would the Gainward Phantom cooler do in an FT02?
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=955&lang=en
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It's probably been asked already, but how well would the Gainward Phantom cooler do in an FT02?
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=955&lang=en
The Phantom is only 274mm (Almost 11"). I bet it would fit. The max for the RV02/FT02 i believe is 12-12.2". I'm planning on buying a new case soon (RV02/FT02) and I've looked it up as well if my Tri-X cooler would fit (12"). wink.gif
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