First post in about 6 years I think!
Still to business, I recently built my first proper desktop in quite some years. Wanted to try a micro ATX build so ended up with the Fractal design meshify mini which gave some interesting issues when it came to GPU length. Basically any decent 2080Ti was just too long or way too long to fit. Long story short I ended up with the Sea Hawk X simply due to the size and the price was cut massively so it cost less than most FE PCB based aircooled cards.
Bad points of this card
- Build quality feels worse than my old GTX 480, plastic fantastic and really feels cheap
- No RGB other than the pump, which is on the underside of the card. I'm not the biggest fan of RGB but still feels quite cheap on a 1250 euro card... (some EU retailers have it up for 1500!!!)
- The fan setup... where do I even start? The stock blower fan is fine ramps up to like 70% in games and is reasonable. The stock 120mm fan setup is so dumb. It's powered by the GPU but the wire is cable tied along the water cooling hose (see images). It looks getto af. But that's not the dumb part. It sits at 50% and never ever moves no matter what the GPU temp hits.
Stock fan results:
+100 core + 900 memory all sliders maxed
1X run of Superposition Benchmark card hits around 68c
GTA V 1 hour run 65-68c
but as the heat soaks in the card keeps ticking up a few C
Rising storm 2 vietnam 1 hour run 63-67c
same issue as above
Now I hear you say, why not just ramp the stock fan up? Well good idea but it's not even a PWM fan and the fan controller on the GPU is really odd. It just blips the fans up to max and then back down again, you can't really get a consistent fan speed over that base 50% making for a really annoying noise.
What I did to fix the above issue:
- Got 2x Noctua nf-f12 chromax in push pull and plugged them into the motherboard. Granted I could have used a cheaper fan but I thought why not see how good I can get these temps
- Got the Cablemod AIO Sleeving Kit Series 1 for Corsair Hydro Gen 2. Now these are not the correct length and need to be trimmed down a little but but nothing too drastic. They are also not the best fit so I needed to cable tie the ends and then used the included clamp bracket to cover this up. The fit is still quite loose, but once it places it's stable. If you wanted to keep the stock fan setup this would also just slide over the awful cable and hide the sins!!
How the system looks
I used Argus Monitor to run the fans on the radiator with a custom fan curve (see image) this still needs tweaking and is just a rough and ready start. Granted this means you need another program to launch on startup, but it seems quite light on performance.
1X run of Superposition Benchmark card hits around 58c
GTA V 1 hour run 56c
Rising storm 2 vietnam 1 hour run 54c
Even with the above fan curve set for performance rather than noise it's waaay quieter, and a more stable fan noise. I'm playing with the idea of having the intake fan turn off at idle, but for now both have the same curve.
I have to say with this "mod" the card is performing great. It boosts to 2100mhz most of the time and never dips before 2070mhz even in heavy benchmarks.