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Here is my dilema. Right now I have a vf700Cu on my GTO2 (X850XTPE). Have it clocked to 594/600 and the hottest it gets is 70*C. I just got an AC Silencer 5 Rev. 2 for my brother's GTO but I'm tempted to use it for myself (I payed for it so don't worry). In your expert opinions, do you think the Silencer will give me lower temps. than the vf700? I ask because I'm feeling a bit lazy and don't want to open up my case and switch coolers, fun but too much work.
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Here is my dilema. Right now I have a vf700Cu on my GTO2 (X850XTPE). Have it clocked to 594/600 and the hottest it gets is 70*C. I just got an AC Silencer 5 Rev. 2 for my brother's GTO but I'm tempted to use it for myself (I payed for it so don't worry). In your expert opinions, do you think the Silencer will give me lower temps. than the vf700? I ask because I'm feeling a bit lazy and don't want to open up my case and switch coolers, fun but too much work.
I think you'll have better temps with the Zalman, but you're in a perfect place to end the mystery. If you don't take advantage of this now, you'll still not know which to purchase next time. It'd also be "taking one for the team" because it'd help us all out Do it!
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I think you'll have better temps with the Zalman, but you're in a perfect place to end the mystery. If you don't take advantage of this now, you'll still not know which to purchase next time. It'd also be "taking one for the team" because it'd help us all out Do it!

Will do. Stay tuned for results.
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Results are in!!!
First thing I did was run ATITool for one hour at my max. clocks of 594/600. Maximum temperature was 67*C with the fan on the Zalman at full speed. Afterwards I installed the Silencer 5 Rev.2 with a fresh application of AS5 (scrapped off the thermal compound on the Silencer). Using the same OC settings and with the Silencer fan at full I ran ATITool for an hour. Maximum temperature was 63*C but it would usually hover around 61*C. That's an average of a 5*C decrease, not bad if you ask me. You can actually feel the hot air (HOT air, not warm; these things get really hot) being blown out back. My only concern was that their is a gap between the plastic enclosure and the metal exhaust bracket which makes me think that some hot air is still being blown inside the case; this has been a design "flaw" ever since the Silencers came out. However, the good news does not stop there. CPU, chipset, and PWMIC temperatures also decreased by 2*C, amazing. Overall I consider this to be a win for the Silencer over the vf700. I should say, however, that I have excellent airflow inside my case so results may vary. I think this should help in deciding which cooler is better.

Edit: Despite the lower temperatures I was unable to increase my overclock. Still, lower temperatures are always a plus in my book.
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Wow... great find, and then when the as5 cures it may drop another few degrees... this has tempted me to go buy an arctic silencer for my card...
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mmm...interesting......will be buying for my GTO2.....
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Another vote here for the Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 V2

Picked mine up today for my AGP X800XT, the oem fan was getting a bit too noisy, causing vibes, and peak temps were starting to worry me.

Temps with the standard cooler were 42C at idle, 70C under load which was too high for my liking.

With the AS5 installed it went down to 33C at idle, 50C under load, a huge improvement! And as a bonus its a hell of a lot quieter, almost impossible to hear the fan speed increase as the temp goes up.

Havent used a Zalman myself but i liked the idea of keeping the fan speed controller set by the software (AtiTray Tool) rather than manual dial or set fan speeds.
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Arctic cooling put mx-1 paste on the coolers for a reason
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Another vote here for the Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 V2

Picked mine up today for my AGP X800XT, the oem fan was getting a bit too noisy, causing vibes, and peak temps were starting to worry me.

Temps with the standard cooler were 42C at idle, 70C under load which was too high for my liking.

With the AS5 installed it went down to 33C at idle, 50C under load, a huge improvement! And as a bonus its a hell of a lot quieter, almost impossible to hear the fan speed increase as the temp goes up.

Havent used a Zalman myself but i liked the idea of keeping the fan speed controller set by the software (AtiTray Tool) rather than manual dial or set fan speeds.
I have the same card... almost AGP X800XT AIW. I'm tempted to get the Silencer 5, but it doesn't show that AIW is compatible. However, the cards are extraordinarily similar in design, though the AIW may have the tuner chips as well. Anyone knows if AIW's design limits the Silencer's compatility to only non-AIW cards?

And DAMN Melcar, you lucky son of a *****. I'm maxing out at 517/522 on my X800XT AIW. Will I achieve XT PE speeds? Time will only tell...
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The ATI Silencer 4 rev.2 should fit you AIW, because the ati5 says Except x800AIW and x850AIW
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