I appreciate the advice regarding the MX-13 and am now thinking about using the stock mem/vrm plate with the AXP. The accelero seems to be the only air cooler likely to move the amount of heat this particular card produces, and I've enjoyed their GPU coolers in the past.
Originally Posted by AMW1011
Alright, I unplugged all my fans in my FT02, except for the top exhaust for the cpu, and the ambient in my case tends to lay between a good 33c to 36c.
Under these conditions, my GTX 480 topped out at 87c in Furmark with 1.038v and 840 MHz on the core. Reading through some of your complaints, I am now fairly certain that your cooler was damaged in shipping, or simply defective. Perhaps you should try an RMA?
I'm going to attempt to get a refund. Defective or not, it was not in any way what I was expecting. It's soaking in a tub of acetone while I'm away for the holidays. Should be bad as new by the time I get back.
Also, it's perfectly possible that with the same voltage, at similar speeds, with similar ambient temps, that there could be a significant temperature differential.
Originally Posted by thefreeaccount
Um...the fins aren't even making proper contact with the heatpipes, so you glue them on with epoxy? What in the world made you think that would work? It's obvious that your heatsink is defective - return it?
It's not uncommon for fins to be pressure fitted to heat pipes (arctic cooling does this as well) and only the last few fins on each end had an issue. I epoxied them back on because the fans are clipped to those fins and the shroud is screwed to those fins (that's probably why they were lose, they are the only fins that have to take any stress).
As for what made me think it would work? Why on earth wouldn't it? The epoxy was primarily for structural reinforcement, and it's doing it's job exceptionally well. Have you even taken your's apart to see how it's put together?
Regardless, it's going back. The build quality of everything
was sub par.