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Alright, changed the mind about the AXP. I think I want the TR Shaman now... Read below

Exactly how much slots does the Shaman take up total? I keep reading conflicting reports over this.

First I had my eyes set on the Accelero xtreme plus, but I would have to buy the AXP, PLUS a 480 kit. On top of that, no Canadian reseller carries it, and makes shipping a lot more expensive.

Then I heard about the Thermalright Shaman. This way seems to be a lot simpler. However, I'm hearing conflicting reports on exactly how many expansion slots it needs.

pciroom.jpg

From looking at the picture, my pcie 1x slot is being used by a Xonar DX. Keep in mind that the Xonar DX is has a small footprint:

asusxonarS.jpg


Now, would a Shaman actually fit in my setup? If so, do you think the Xonar is small enough to encourage proper airflow?

...If not, what other coolers can you guys recommend? I really want the AXP but import shipping + buying two things is just too much.
Edited by oblisk - 1/26/11 at 7:58pm
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12157362 
Alright, changed the mind about the AXP. I think I want the TR Shaman now... Read below

Exactly how much slots does the Shaman take up total? I keep reading conflicting reports over this.

First I had my eyes set on the Accelero xtreme plus, but I would have to buy the AXP, PLUS a 480 kit. On top of that, no Canadian reseller carries it, and makes shipping a lot more expensive.

Then I heard about the Thermalright Shaman. This way seems to be a lot simpler. However, I'm hearing conflicting reports on exactly how many expansion slots it needs.

pciroom.jpg

From looking at the picture, my pcie 1x slot is being used by a Xonar DX. Keep in mind that the Xonar DX is has a small footprint:

asusxonarS.jpg


Now, would a Shaman actually fit in my setup? If so, do you think the Xonar is small enough to encourage proper airflow?

...If not, what other coolers can you guys recommend? I really want the AXP but import shipping + buying two things is just too much.

if you buy both at the same time won't it just have the one amount of tax?

maybe look around for somewhere over there to buy it?

EDIT:

The TR Shaman is a 4 slot COOLER!!!!!!!!!
Edited by hodgoes2001 - 1/26/11 at 9:16pm
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12157362 
Alright, changed the mind about the AXP. I think I want the TR Shaman now... Read below
Exactly how much slots does the Shaman take up total? I keep reading conflicting reports over this.
First I had my eyes set on the Accelero xtreme plus, but I would have to buy the AXP, PLUS a 480 kit. On top of that, no Canadian reseller carries it, and makes shipping a lot more expensive.
Then I heard about the Thermalright Shaman. This way seems to be a lot simpler. However, I'm hearing conflicting reports on exactly how many expansion slots it needs.
From looking at the picture, my pcie 1x slot is being used by a Xonar DX. Keep in mind that the Xonar DX is has a small footprint:
Now, would a Shaman actually fit in my setup? If so, do you think the Xonar is small enough to encourage proper airflow?
...If not, what other coolers can you guys recommend? I really want the AXP but import shipping + buying two things is just too much.
First of all, I am assuming you live in Canada, correct?
As you mentioned both NCIX and Newegg Canada, and that you don't want to have to add duty and higher shipping costs.
So, if you want to buy a cooler for your 480 soon, there are not too many choices at Canadian retailers. NCIX only has the Thermalright Spitfire, no Shaman. They also have the Gelid. No AXP yet. Newegg Canada has no Thermalright VGA coolers listed. No AXP either. They have the Gelid, and the Zalman. Perhaps there are other retailers in Canada for the unlisted coolers, but I haven't seen any.
The AXP and the Shaman may eventually appear for sale in Canada, but when, your guess is as good as mine.
So that currently limits your choices to the Gelid, Zalman, or Spitfire if you choose to buy from a Canadian retailer.
If you purchase from elsewhere, you can get any of the other coolers. For a price.
    
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Originally Posted by hodgoes2001;12158202 
if you buy both at the same time won't it just have the one amount of tax?

maybe look around for somewhere over there to buy it?
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/acxtpl.html
Choose your Heatsink Package : VR004 GTX-580 GTX-570 and GTX-480(+10.99)

Subtotal: $66.94
Shipping: $22.50
Tax: $0.00
Total: $89.44USD

Cheapest I could find that ships to canada. That works to like $100CAD, I'm not sure if I want to spend $100 on a cooler...
Quote:
Originally Posted by hodgoes2001;12158202 
The TR Shaman is a 4 slot COOLER!!!!!!!!!

4 slot TOTAL or 4 slots including the Graphics pcie?

Quote:
Originally Posted by DerComissar;12158404 
First of all, I am assuming you live in Canada, correct?
As you mentioned both NCIX and Newegg Canada, and that you don't want to have to add duty and higher shipping costs.
So, if you want to buy a cooler for your 480 soon, there are not too many choices at Canadian retailers. NCIX only has the Thermalright Spitfire, no Shaman. They also have the Gelid. No AXP yet. Newegg Canada has no Thermalright VGA coolers listed. No AXP either. They have the Gelid, and the Zalman. Perhaps there are other retailers in Canada for the unlisted coolers, but I haven't seen any.
The AXP and the Shaman may eventually appear for sale in Canada, but when, your guess is as good as mine.
So that currently limits your choices to the Gelid, Zalman, or Spitfire if you choose to buy from a Canadian retailer.
If you purchase from elsewhere, you can get any of the other coolers. For a price.

Well, I really want either the Shaman or AXP. I have no idea whey these two aren't in Canada yet. It think I may just wait... But not knowing when they'll come in is horrible frown.gif
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12159406 
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/acxtpl.html
Choose your Heatsink Package : VR004 GTX-580 GTX-570 and GTX-480(+10.99)

Subtotal: $66.94
Shipping: $22.50
Tax: $0.00
Total: $89.44USD

Cheapest I could find that ships to canada. That works to like $100CAD, I'm not sure if I want to spend $100 on a cooler...

4 slot TOTAL or 4 slots including the Graphics pcie?

4 slots in the same way that the AXP is 3 slots....

I payed $110 au back when i got my first AXP cooler....

and $90 when i got the second one....

they are worth the money......

also consider the fact that if you keep the stock cooler for your card....

when you buy a newer graphics card....

the AXP should have a new mounting kit for it....

so it is not just for your current card... it is also for your next card
post #16 of 40
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12159406 
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/acxtpl.html
Choose your Heatsink Package : VR004 GTX-580 GTX-570 and GTX-480(+10.99)
Subtotal: $66.94
Shipping: $22.50
Tax: $0.00
Total: $89.44USD
Cheapest I could find that ships to canada. That works to like $100CAD, I'm not sure if I want to spend $100 on a cooler...
Well, I really want either the Shaman or AXP. I have no idea whey these two aren't in Canada yet. It think I may just wait... But not knowing when they'll come in is horrible frown.gif
Hopefully there is no additional Canadian government duty fees on top of your cost total. There usually is though, even UPS and Fedex often include an additional bill for duty. I have had to pay additional duty various times for purchases from the US.
I agree that not knowing when, or even if they will be sold here sucks.
NCIX won't even say if they will be carrying the latest AXP or the Shaman, let alone when.

That, and the one-piece bolt-on heatplate, was a factor in my decision to buy the Zalman:
http://www.newegg.ca/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=576&name=VGA-Cooling&Page=2
Newegg charged the prices quoted on their site, so the total was about $91.50 plus tax. Still not cheap, but it includes the fans and heatsink plate so nothing else to buy.
The Gelid Icy Vision is $60 at NCIX, less tax and shipping. The Spitfire is $89 less tax and shipping, but that doesn't include the additional vrm sink or any fans.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=1164

The AXP from Sidewinder may have something like an additional $20 in duty added to it after it crosses the border, putting the total to $120, give or take a few bucks depending on what the government would charge. Still, that is not much more than I paid for the Zalman, and you would have a brand-new AXP to put on your 480.
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I ordered my AXP + the VR004 kit directly from Arctic Cooling and did not have to pay duty for shipping to Calgary. I think the final price was around $94 CAD. It is a great cooler and is pretty much silent even when running the fans at 100%.

Also if you are a headphone user the Auzentech X-fi Forte is a great PCIe card with an integrated headphone amp. Works well when using Creative Alchemy on windows 7 OS for legacy EAX support.
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I ordered my AXP + the VR004 kit directly from Arctic Cooling and did not have to pay duty for shipping to Calgary. I think the final price was around $94 CAD. It is a great cooler and is pretty much silent even when running the fans at 100%.

Also if you are a headphone user the Auzentech X-fi Forte is a great PCIe card with an integrated headphone amp. Works well when using Creative Alchemy on windows 7 OS for legacy EAX support.
Sure, you Albertans don't have to pay tax and now no duty either:p

That's a good deal in my opinion. Less than I paid for my Zalman!
Buying an AXP directly from AC would be a good option for oblisk.
I know he said that he wasn't sure about spending $100 on a cooler, but I have to agree with hodgoes 2001 about the future compatibility, and that they are worth it.
    
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post #19 of 40
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Looks like I'll re-cofirm my waiting, hah... I'll give it a few weeks, and hopefully some stocks will have entered Canada. If not, I'll just buy it from AC.

Also, what is this thing about "high percentage of the AXP killing video cards" deal?
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12202617 
Looks like I'll re-cofirm my waiting, hah... I'll give it a few weeks, and hopefully some stocks will have entered Canada. If not, I'll just buy it from AC.

Also, what is this thing about "high percentage of the AXP killing video cards" deal?

i think it has come around from people not installing the VRM sinks correctly or something like that...

or they just had a bad card to start with....

but the AXP does bend some card a bit....

hence y i worked out how to modded a EVGA backplate to fit... (in Sig)

that way the card is more solid
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