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post #1 of 10
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Any ideas how i could decrease the temps of the GX2 using only air cooling? I will buy aftermarket coolers and such and im not afraid of using my hands I saw this http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/7669/24684034kf0.jpg and thought it was a cool (no pun intended) idea any opinions on it?
    
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post #2 of 10
The HR-03s in that picture work pretty well.
I don't have specific data in front of me anymore, but I think I took off about 10-15C from load on my 8800GTS with a 92mm Scythe on it
The problem with them is that they are pretty big. Makes my originally 2 slot card take up 3 slots instead. I can't SLI currently because of the size
    
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post #3 of 10
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hmm i was hoping for more of a decrease than that :/ unless i done something insane with fans it wouldnt be worth it really
    
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post #5 of 10
I don't remember original load temps, so i can't compare it to the loads now. Not to mention the ambient difference between now and when i installed it this summer.

I don't know if you have many other air options for that card, I think that cooler is the only wrap
around type.

Edit: Are the processors on the inside? I don't think you can fit the Zalman cooler in there.
    
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post #6 of 10
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The GPU's are on two seperate PCB's and are sandwiched together with a heatsink as the tasty filling. I would be taking the shroud off the card of course
    
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post #7 of 10
if the processors and memory are all on the inside, which i'm pretty sure they are- no other cooler will fit in the gap between the card, not to mention trying to get 2 in there.
The HR-03 allows you to mount around the back of the card, which is how it isin that original picture.
The problem is you have a 2 slot card, add 1 slot to each side for the heatsink, and then another (at least) to each side for a fan. That's 6 slots if not more.
I'd recommend either staying stock or really, water is the only feasible option.

Unless you find some very creative and custom made cooling system.
Are your current temps bad?
    
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post #8 of 10
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I am thinking of custom cooling tbh, my temps are about 68 idle and 87 load which is higher than i'd like. The custom solution would probably be quite crude just involving 4 80mm fans blowing on the two PCB' so im not entirely sure how thhat'd work
    
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post #9 of 10
can you do anything to increase the airflow to it now?
Have you tried increasing the fan speed?
    
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post #10 of 10
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Fan speed is at 100% with Riva Tuner
    
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