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Multi-Review: AXP/VF3000F/Shaman/Spitfire

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http://translate.google.com/translat...lman-gtx480%2F
Had to use Google Translate as the review is in Russian, but it's the first review I've seen comparing these four coolers on a 480.
They didn't hold back on testing, running Crysis and Furmark 1.8.2 @ 825/2030 1.013v.
Personally, I don't look at this review for an overall "winner", but to compare the merits of each cooler reviewed, as these four represent the cream of the crop for current aftermarket gpu heatsinks.
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Only makes me more twisted in choosing after market cooling lol. Maybe I should just go water.
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Only makes me more twisted in choosing after market cooling lol. Maybe I should just go water.
There is the added thickness to an aftermarket air cooler to consider, but your case and motherboard should have room. A waterblock on the card is the most effective way to go, both in temperature reduction and the space needed, but also the most expensive. Looking at about $100 max. for a good air cooler. For water cooling, the gpu block alone would cost that much or more.
Then there is a few hundred bucks for a good rad, pump, resevoir, fans, clamps, coolant, etc.

Aside from scanning numerous reviews on these coolers, this forum is full of good info on all of those listed above and more. I've installed an aftermarket air cooler on virtually every video card I've had for the past few years. The reduced temperatures and noise level are worth it.
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Out of those 3 the Zalman VF3000F caught my eye, hows your experience been with it around 800-825mhz?
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Out of those 3 the Zalman VF3000F caught my eye, hows your experience been with it around 800-825mhz?
It's been great.
I run my 480 @ 800/2000 full time. With the stock cooler, I maxed out at about 850, the Zalman increased that to 882. Interestingly, this review had an almost identical gain with a Zalman:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...3000,2784.html
The AXP was almost dead even with the Zalman. They are excellent coolers as well, but I prefer the one-piece ram/vrm heatplate that comes with the Zalman.

As far as temperature reduction over the stock cooler, depending on the benchmark or game it is anywhere from 20-35C at load, idle temp. decreased about 10C. This is at 800/2000. Jacking up the clocks and maxing out the voltage with Afterburner has similar results.

Big decrease in noise level as I always ran the stock 480 fan at 100% when benching/overclocking.
Edited by DerComissar - 3/14/11 at 10:32pm
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