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I've got about $50-75 to spend on a cooler for my new X1900XT. Should I pick up a Zalman vf900 with a pci-fan or buy a tidewater?
 

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Hey Moots...<br />
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I work with Tide Waters and for the money they are fantastic! easiest things in the world to install and they give considerably better temps than air.<br />
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Just look on youtube for a video demonstration of the tide water, you'll love it <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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I am getting one myself <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Then, seeing as i recconmended it yo you, you can sell me the X backplate from your VGA as it is unecessary when using the tidewater <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Go for a Tide Water, I get only about 60C full load on 1.575V!!
 

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go for the tide water i have herd its a great cooler and it isent very expensive or go all the way and get ......phase but that is onely if you are absolutely insane
 

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YEAH Tide Water And Sell X Plate FTW!!! <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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See, you now i wouldn't steer you wrong moots <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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I would go with the VF-900. I'm not a fan of Thermaltake's water products. They are poorly made. I've been told that the Tidewater's pump is very loud.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">go for the tide water i have herd its a great cooler and it isent very expensive or go all the way and get ......phase but that is onely if you are absolutely insane</div>
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Phase on a video card is a lot harder to set up and isn't recommended for 24/7 use. He would have to know how to tune it himself.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I would go with the VF-900. I'm not a fan of Thermaltake's water products. They are poorly made. I've been told that the Tidewater's pump is very loud.<br />
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Phase on a video card is a lot harder to set up and isn't recommended for 24/7 use. He would have to know how to tune it himself.</div>

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</div>My computer is on 12 hours a day max usually. And the budget is $50-75 <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />, so no phase coolers anyone.<br />
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I find it funny how newegg has the retail tidewater for less cash than the OEM, open box one.<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&Description=tidewater&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all&Go.x=0&Go.y=0" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0</a>
 
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Good luck going SLi w/ the thing<img src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Good luck going SLi w/ the thing<img src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>If you don't have a respectful and useful comment, don't post it. <br />
And there is something called crossfire.<br />
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Nonetheless, I would go for the tidewater, it gets great temps, and would be a great way to spend you money on cooling.
 
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<div style="font-style:italic">If you don't have a respectful and useful comment, don't post it. <br />
And there is something called crossfire.<br />
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Nonetheless, I would go for the tidewater, it gets great temps, and would be a great way to spend you money on cooling.</div>

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</div>oh im sorry.. i was paying too much attention to the waterblock, and not the actuall crad that you were using it on.. meh
 

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And spend the extra 10 on some quality copper ramsinks <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I had a SLI setup for awhile, but switched to this for better proformance/overclocking abilities.
 

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I cant remember if a x1900xt beats sli'd 7900gt's I think they may. Good switch <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I cant remember if a x1900xt beats sli'd 7900gt's I think they may. Good switch <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>I had SLI'd 7600gses. When overclocked they got 8800 3dmarks in 2005. I think they could have done much better with a better cpu too. This card gets over 10,000 stock, and it's all cpu limited.
 

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You can be expecting 15k on 05 when you oc that card <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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</div>I'm very CPU limited. Overclocking at 702/820 (1640) I get like 10,500 points.<br />
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I'm off to the store to buy a tidewater!
 

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i'd say its more you ram. 4x 512 is pretty hard on an amd memory contoller.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i'd say its more you ram. 4x 512 is pretty hard on an amd memory contoller.</div>
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If I can get a few hundred together, I may get a FX-55, or 57 and two 1gb sticks.
 
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