Originally Posted by BackerU
I have a Sapphire 6970, and was wondering if the Zalman VF700-CU "2 Ball VGA Cooler" would fit my card. I am not satisfied with my stock leafblower-style cooler, as it sounds like a jet taking off on any fan speed over 40%.
I don't even know if it would fit, but it's way too weak, odds are you may heat up worse and all for a decrease in noise. There's a few aftermarket air coolers that would fit the 6970.Accelero Twin Turbo ProAccelero Xtreme Plus
(you need VR001
RAM kits sold seperately to fit on a 6970)
(It takes up the least space, fairly quiet, but it's cooling performance probably the worst out of the listed)
(I think it will fit, not 100% sure)
Shaman and Accelero Xtreme Plus probably cool the best while being the quietest, but are the most expensive. Twin Turbo Pro is the cheapest and I figure should fit on a 6970 as it fits on my 6950(6950 and 6970 practically identical in design), it's quiet and cools decently too. VF3000A and Icy Vision seem to be close/identical in design, cool well and are quiet too, just that I hear the VF3000A at higher fan speeds can be a bit loud. Just know that any of these aftermarket coolers will eat up 2 more slots(Shaman eats up 3 additional slots making it a total of 4 slots of card+cooler) in your case and all of them blow air into the case rather than exhaust it out the back, so make sure you got space.Edited by yoshi245 - 3/29/11 at 4:17pm