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So here is the unboxing and installation of 4 S-Flexes and Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro.

From the suggestions of a few OCN memebrs I decided to ditch the little heatsinks that came with the AC and use the stock heatsink minus the fan. THIS WAS A PROBLEM! It was a little difficult to get the AC to fit on the stock sink, but that wasn't the real problem. Getting the heatsink off and getting the fan shroud off the heatsink was MURDER! It took about an hour to just get the card ready to install the new cooler. The tiny little screws were very difficult to work with the screw drivers I used. I had some pretty small ones, but they weren't good enough, you really need eyeglass screw drivers.

The S-Flexes were simple to install. They were heavier than all my other fans which is cool, heavy in most cases means it is well made. The fans are very quiet. I can't ID what the loudest component in my case is, but I am sure these fans are not the loudest. The case itself is cooler, but the CPU is a little warmer.

The Fan shroud is not how I envisioned it, but it seems to work better than no shroud at all. I had higher temps before I installed it.
Ambient: 20c
Before Shroud Idle: 41c
After Shroud Idle: 38c
Temps are still higher but not by much. I may need to re-seat the TRUE.
I don't know if I am completely happy with the shroud. I think I still need a push pull set up and I need to seal the shroud around the exhaust port.

All and all, even though working with the Rogue is really difficult, I say everything was a success. My GPU temps are rock solid and my case temps are much better too. All that and the case is quieter, which was my main goal. If I can get the CPU temps to cool down back to what they were I will be happy!


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wow you have been a busy beaver-lol

i want to know how the GPU cooler works.
the fan on one of my 4890s is starting to get loud (like they arent loud enough) well more like a grinding noise when it is set to 42% or less.
i took the hsf off the card a nd looked at it-nothing wrong, so i replaced the tim and reinstalled it-same sound.
so i have been looking to get a couple aftermarket ones, but i dont know which ones yet.
so you can be the tester-lol

it is always nice to get somthing for your system-from a new case to a fan, its always a happy day when something comes in the mail

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Congratulations on finishing some things up! I think you'll be looking forward getting everything set for a couple days before jumping on conclusions on how temps changed, let things get their way around... Although I would really like to see you do more thing!
Let me re-run through your case, but I think you could have a direct intake for your CPU, would be nice
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wow you have been a busy beaver-lol

i want to know how the GPU cooler works.
the fan on one of my 4890s is starting to get loud (like they arent loud enough) well more like a grinding noise when it is set to 42% or less.
i took the hsf off the card a nd looked at it-nothing wrong, so i replaced the tim and reinstalled it-same sound.
so i have been looking to get a couple aftermarket ones, but i dont know which ones yet.
so you can be the tester-lol

it is always nice to get somthing for your system-from a new case to a fan, its always a happy day when something comes in the mail

-dimwit-
Thanks Jason,

Ya this cooler is very quiet. I can barely tell a difference between 20% fan speed and 100%. It works well too, my idle temps dropped like 18c. Xigmatec Battle Axe is another good and quiet cooler. It works a little bit better in terms of cooling than the AC Twin Pro, but I'm not sure if it is quieter. Xigmatec claim it is quieter than 25db. I would say my AC is about 20db.

The ultimate cooling solution however would have to be a Thermalright T-Rad2 with dual 92mm fans. You can make it as quiet as you want if you pick the fans, but that would be a bit pricey, try $60-$70 with the fans.

Another option is the Arctic Cooler Accelero S1- Revision 2. It is only about $25-$30 with no fans. It works really well with 1 120mm fan or 2 80mm/92mm fans. Also it is as quiet as you want because you choose the fans.

If you have any questions, just PM, I did a crap load of research on what to buy. I found a lot of good coolers, but went with this one because it fit and it was cool and quiet.

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Congratulations on finishing some things up! I think you'll be looking forward getting everything set for a couple days before jumping on conclusions on how temps changed, let things get their way around... Although I would really like to see you do more thing!
Let me re-run through your case, but I think you could have a direct intake for your CPU, would be nice
I could take some more pictures to show you where everything is again. I found an 80mm fan duct like my 120mm duct on the TRUE. I think what I could do is attach 1 end to the TRUE with rubber fasteners, then secure the other end in the airflow path away from all the heat generated by the video card. The Only trouble is I would prefer a 92mm fan duct because you would get much more CFM that way. I think I will try and look for fan vents.
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so you used the VRM heat sink from the stock cooler-red metal-, instead of the individual ones?
i haven't heard of that, but it seems to work good.

this has been on my mind for a while-wouldn't the heat sink be better not painted?
isn't it harder to dissipate heat through paint?
i wonder if you would get better drops with no paint?
i might try it when i get mine.


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so you used the VRM heat sink from the stock cooler-red metal-, instead of the individual ones?
i haven't heard of that, but it seems to work good.

this has been on my mind for a while-wouldn't the heat sink be better not painted?
isn't it harder to dissipate heat through paint?
i wonder if you would get better drops with no paint?
i might try it when i get mine.


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The stock heatsink cools better because of sheer mass. If you take a look at the little heatsinks that come with the AC Cooler and they are so small and light. I can see why the stock plate would cool better because it is just a lot beefier. The guys who recomended leaving the stock heatsink seemed to imply that because the 4890 runs so hot, the small heatsinks won't work well enough.
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After running ATI Tool (100% Load) for 10 minutes the temperatures with the AC Twin Turbo peaked at 67C.

Using the Stock Cooler temperatures peaked at 80C.

Although I am pleased with the results, the CPU temperatures were at 54C. With the the San Ace in a push configuration the Temperatures after running Prime 95 for 12 hours temps peaked at 50C. The Pull configuration keeping the case cooler, is not satisfactory. I am still working on a optimal setup for Case and CPU temps.
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It's good that you've got you video card toned down a bit, now work work work on your CPU temps
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