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I have the 1GB EVGA 460GTX EE. I don't know if its just me, but this thing sounds like a jet engine in my PC. I don't have the best airflow, so I was looking for a decent aftermarket cooler that out-performs stock. I'm not sure if this model is the same as the reference ones in the other 460 topic. Anyone have any luck with this specific card?
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post #2 of 11
You should have asked around before you bought it, it is well known that the EE is the loudest 460 you can find.

Anyway, I think most aftermarket coolers will fit, I've added the Scythe Setsugen 2 to my Gainward card.
Yours is reference design, so just check the specs of the coolers.
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Almost any cooler with the unusual GTX460 mount will work. Unfortuneately, I'm a bit out of touch and only know waterblocks...
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The Setsugen 2 looks awesome, I just started buying scythe products and they haven't disappointed me. I got the EE with a $30 rebate, it was hard to pass up
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post #5 of 11
But now you have to spend probably more than that $30 to get some proper silent cooling
P.S, you do need solid airflow for all aftermarket cooling.
post #6 of 11
I have two of these, I never found them loud, even before I went over to water, try using MSI Afterburner and then use the fan control part to control the speed, make sure you check your temps though.

EDIT-
You could go for a waterblock, I used EKconfigurator to find a waterblock to watercool but this can be expensive if you need a rad and pump as well. You can go for aftermarket air cooler, im not sure of any good ones so wont recommend any.

Also might wanna look at replacing the TIM and possibly the thermal pads, this reduced my temps by about 2-3'c.

Also for reference mine ran in approx a 12'c ambient at 34-36'c idle and 60-62 loaded with furmark at 66% manual fan speed when on air.
Now they never go above 20'c when idleing and above 40'c under furmark load.

Also see you have a Dell case, try running it without the side panel on or possibly looking at getting a desk fan or a 120mm/140mm fan to blow cold air from outside the case to the fan intake on the card.
Edited by tht-kid - 1/30/11 at 12:29am
post #7 of 11
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My specs were outdated, I just fixed them.

I was really looking for someone who has the same card to tell me if the temp/noise differences were significant enough. The Setsugen 2 will just barely fit in my case before touching the side panel.
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post #8 of 11
You say that your air flow isn't very good--I was under the impression those were the conditions where EE was most suitable. If there is little or no case air flow you don't want the only significant movement of air in the case being a fan blowing incrementally hot air around.
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post #9 of 11
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I'm getting a new case + fans, so airflow won't be a big deal anymore. I can't seem to find some real world Setsugen 2 + 460GTX temps to put against my card stock


Edit: Wait, so if my 460 is reference PCB, whats the best cooler for it? For some reason I got mixed up and thought it was non-reference, but thats just a non-reference stock cooler on a reference board
Edited by Apk - 2/7/11 at 2:06am
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post #10 of 11
I would wait and see how the new case and airflow scenario perfom before spending more money on coolers and such. even just applying the TIM again could fix it if you got a poorly applied or over applied card.

Yes the EE card is a reference PCB with a aftermarket cooler as standard.

Im not sure of any Air VGA coolers but the EK-GTX460 block fits on my 460's.
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