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You can see my specs below. I just got a cooler for my CPU, and apparently GPU Coolers exist (i knew this, but do people use these??) and I am just wondering. I hear that you shouldn't OC your GPU to begin with, and I know it doesn't have a huge flexibility like a CPU does. Is it worth looking into a GPU cooler ever, or is it something I shouldn't care about.

Just hoping you guys can shed some light on this matter, I know very little about cooling a GPU, hell I don't almost know anything. I have never owned a GPU cooler, nor know or heard of anyone really using one or recommending one.

Shed some light please!? Sorry if this seems stupid, but I like to learn new things (sometimes).
post #2 of 13
I think your fine with the stock cooler unless your shooting for world record in overclocking. You might want to look at the Thermaltake DuOrb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106112
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Some stock coolers arnt all that great, so people tend to go for aftermarket cooling. They tend to cool much better and can be more quiet. Also many people volt mod thier cards to obtain high oc which can increase the heat even more so they get better coolers for thier cards. For you, you will be just fine with the stock. You can set the fan speen in the Catalyst Control Center to keep the card even cooler if you dont mind a little noise.
    
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Who told you not to overclock your GPU. You can get rather large gains in games by overclocking the GPU, no need to do any volt mods or anything. Just use the overclocking facility in CCC, that should be fairly safe.
Anyway, I have aftermarket GPU cooling -
Before -
93*C load (no overclock at all)
After -
53*C load (sig overclock)

Big improvement there. And its much quieter, but it was a PITA to install.
Edited by coffeejunky - 12/13/08 at 2:54pm
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I think the Scythe Mushashi: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185081

Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo: http://www.jab-tech.com/Arctic-Cooli...O-pr-4291.html

or a Thermalright T-RAD²: http://www.jab-tech.com/Thermalright...r-pr-4273.html

The Accelero blows air out of the rear of the case, the others doesn't.
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Who told you not to overclock your GPU. You can get rather large gains in games by overclocking the GPU, no need to do any volt mods or anything. Just use the overclocking facility in CCC, that should be fairly safe.
Anyway, I have aftermarket GPU cooling -
Before -
93*C load (no overclock at all)
After -
53*C load (sig overclock)

Big improvement there. And its much quieter, but it was a PITA to install.
Okay, this is my card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

What would you suggest? And what do you think I can get my numbers up to with a cooler and/or stock (safely)? Also this OC'ing, what will it get as far as performance goes (2-3 FPS?)?

----------- stock info -----------

Chipset (HD 4870)
Core clock 750MHz
Stream Processors 800 Stream Processing Units

Memory
Memory Clock 900 MHz, 3.6Gbps
Memory Size 1GB

Edited by toMsons1987 - 12/13/08 at 3:35pm
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i got the xigmatek battle axe cheap and it works so much better than stock!
    
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I think the Scythe Mushashi: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185081

Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo: http://www.jab-tech.com/Arctic-Cooli...O-pr-4291.html

or a Thermalright T-RAD²: http://www.jab-tech.com/Thermalright...r-pr-4273.html

The Accelero blows air out of the rear of the case, the others doesn't.
Umm...last time I checked, all three didn't blow air out the back- they're all basically the same design
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Arctic cooling, and strap a high cfm fan on it.
Its a good stock cooler though, and you probly wont see any gains.
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Originally Posted by toMsons1987 View Post
Okay, this is my card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

What would you suggest? And what do you think I can get my numbers up to with a cooler and/or stock (safely)? Also this OC'ing, what will it get as far as performance goes (2-3 FPS?)?

----------- stock info -----------

Chipset (HD 4870)
Core clock 750MHz
Stream Processors 800 Stream Processing Units

Memory
Memory Clock 900 MHz, 3.6Gbps
Memory Size 1GB
I don't think you will get any further with aftermarket cooling. That GPU has pretty good stock cooling. You should be able to get 770mhz on the core and 1000 on the mem fairly easily, but every card varies.That should get you a 5-10fps increase in some games. Make sure you scan for artifacts (errors) using ATiTool -
http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/
Edited by coffeejunky - 12/14/08 at 7:24am
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