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post #21 of 31
I am going watercool on the 6950. Currently I use MSI afterburner to regulate fans. Keeps things quiet and temperature under control. My idle is 28 - 30 degree and load while playing games can go up to 65% - have not seen higher than that.
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post #22 of 31
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Where do I even shop for GPU fans?
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post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by Idra View Post
Where do I even shop for GPU fans?
You can shop for VGA coolers here.

Also. Make sure this isn't living inside of your 5850.



That was another persons 5850 before he decided it was too hot/ loud.
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post #24 of 31
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Where do you see that? Do I have to disassemble the HD 5850?

Edit: Wow, VGA coolers are expensive... is it a much better deal to buy non-reference cards that come with better coolers? For example, the GTX 570s with better cooling are only $20-$30 more expensive than the reference models.

Too bad non-reference 6950s can't unlock.
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post #25 of 31
Your case fans will drown the sound of your GPU as long as it's on 40% fan speed. With good airflow it shouldn't go much higher than 70°C. Mine didn't go above 67°C and been gaming for quite a while.
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post #26 of 31
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Could you guys recommend me a VGA cooler for a 6950 and 5850 (if I decide to keep it) that's under $40? It also needs to fit in an Antec 900 two.

Thanks.
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post #27 of 31
Honestly, I find the cooler of reference design more efficient. It channels the heat out of the case. Agree, they are noisy. To me, the alternative to the reference cooler is water cooling.
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post #28 of 31
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I want to replace it primarily to reduce the noise. But I'd also like it to make my card cooler so I can OC it more.
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post #29 of 31
Only options at that point are xtreme plus (3 slot), setsugen 2 (2 slot), or ekblocks (1 slot).

Mind you, I bought the setusugens and they kept it dead silent at stock clocks but couldn't handle overclock temps. I ended up getting the accelero xtreme plus which perform great but take up a massive 3 slots.
post #30 of 31
It's not bad, until you crank it over ~45% or so.
I put mine at 100% for kicks and my girlfriend across the room got all concerned like "Honey??!?! it's not going to blow up is it!?@#!"
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