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So today, I got bored and tired of having my HD5770 cook itself at 50C idle and 81C Load(Furmark) with the stock Shroud cooler. I tried everything even removing the rear PCI Bracket to increase airflow but yet to no avail it didn't improve anything.

So I looked around for things I could do to improve its cool effiecency, heck I even thought about cutting some of the plastic shroud cooler to improve flow, but ultimately I figure that the size of the heatsink design on the Shroud cooler is just not BIG enough in terms of cooling. Then I saw my AMD Phenom 955x4 Processor Box and took out the stock CPU Cooler that came with it =]

*LightBulb*!! An idea came to me, why let a good CPU cooler go to waste and just sit around, so after a few work arounds and annoying alignment issues and tideous screw adjustments to apply the correct pressure I finally got the 955x4 BE CPU cooler onto the video card =]





Temps Now:
Idle= 37-38C
Normal Load= 49-50C
Furmark Load= 60-61C


Temps Before with Shroud Cooler:


With Shroud Cooler:
Idle=50-51C
Normal Load=70-73C
Furmark Load=81-83C


All testing were done on overclock of 960/1400

Instructions: Kinda Poor but hopefully you get the idea:



Purple: I recommending Grinding or cutting this part of the Plastic off to increase Clearance because this part does touch the PCI slot on the MB, I avoided doing so but will get to it tomorrow when I go get a new cutting wheel for my Dremel, since it does apply a bit of pressure on the Motherboard PCI Slot but not enough for me to worry.

Yellow: Bend these as to avoid them touching the Motherboard

Black: This is where the other screw goes into, its at a bit of an angle but it works in holding the heatsink in place

Blue: Grind these down to get clearance on the PCI-E Slot so they don't touch the PCI-E Slot when installing.

Red: Hammer these down to flattening them out so they don't touch the Motherboard, I just supported the Heatsink with the Heatsink legs on the other side**the Blue parts on the otherside of the Heatsink and Hammered these down to flattening them out on a table edge**

*DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO the other side of the heatsink** The side facing you when the VGA Card is installed**


The heatsink should sit like this, make sure it sits flush like the image shows, lol kinda ghetto drawing but you should get the idea. Cut out a piece of plastic and slip it inbetween the Leg of the CPU Cooler and VGA Card to protect and avoid the Leg from touching the 2 little resistor on the VGA Card as the image shows above* An example pic is below**

*You can grind down this leg if you choose to without having to put a piece of plastic on there**


The two screws needed on top_ Once you have the heatsink Aligned like so, then you'll see the fins of the Heatsink through the hole, just screw the screws into the fins through the hole_

To apply the correct pressure and making sure the Heatsink sit flush against the GPU, push down on the GPU area from the back and screw the screws in and adjust them properly until you get the right pressure and correct seating of the Heatsink flush against the GPU. Lift the GPU up and make sure the Heatsink doesn't move or changes angle** To make sure it sits flush just look through the side and see if its correct** Example Pic below

This is the most annoying part of the install and longest, since it has to be right on** *Please Make Sure None of the Heatsink is touching any other part of the VGA Card with the exception of touching the Black Vram Heatsink and GPU Die*

**When you are test fitting and aligning the heatsink on the VGA Card, please place a piece of DUCTTAPE onto your GPU to protect it from damage once you get it all on and correctly then remove the tape and apply Thermal grease** I recommend you test install the VGA card onto the Motherboard to make sure you have enough clearance from Motherboard to Heatsink before finalizing it.

Now for the wiring: I just cut the Connectors off the Shroud Fan and the connector off the CPU Heatsink fan and color match them together and electrical tape it all together* Pretty easy: Just match the color to the GPU Fan connector off the Shroud cooler fan:


More Random Pics**




**
Edit-- The Black Heatsink that cools the ram use to be really hot to the touch, burned my finger hot but without the shroud cooler now the Black Ram Heatsink has actually cooled better, it is now barely even warm to the touch along with the rest of the video card components which has also shown a huge improvement in temperatures. Much cooler to the touch. I suppose the shroud cooler was trapping in the heat from the other components of the video card causing them to build up heat(but thats just my opinion)

Overall I'm loving this neat little mod and now I can probably push the overclocks higher as my temps are lower.

Update** Was able to push Overclocks to 1000/1400 with 1.25volts MSi Afterburner
Max Load Temps Furmark: 63C
Idle:35-37C

Reapply AS5 Thermal paste on it compare to the old Dynex I previously had
Edited by httuner - 3/7/11 at 2:52am
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post #2 of 28
wow.... thats a drop there.

wait shouldnt there be some cooling on other chips on that card and not just the gpu chip itself?
    
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post #3 of 28
Thanks for posting nothing but blurry case pics. Why not take it out and take some good pictures?
post #4 of 28
Yep, tell us how did you mounted it!

Im getting my hyper 212+ next week and I'll have also an spare AMD stock cooler(the same as yours)
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All new meaning to 3 slot cooler.
    
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Please Note that if you attempt this_ You will need 2 screws about 1inch long and big enough to go through the holes located on top of the Videocard, 2 screw is strong enough to hold it in place as the cooler isn't very heavy_

there is no drilling needed for the cooler, I just screwed the screws into the FINS of the cooler to hold it in place_ I wish I would've taken pictures during the installation and work but I just found my camera like 30mins ago after I got everything done_

You will have to Hammer the Cooling pipes on other end of the cooler down because otherwise they will interfere with the Motherboard. It'll look ugly, but its not like you're ever gonna see it lol. If there are more interest in this I will do a full tutorial if needed =]
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That's pretty awesome, nice job
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Okay let me remove it, turn off my computer and post new pics lol
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I was thinking of doing this, but instead I threw the stock AMD cooler against a concrete floor repeatedly...

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Interesting, I was expecting better though. My 5770 Hawk would idle at 42C and load at about 64C, even with being overvolted.
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