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Exile69 1st August, 2005 08:15 PM

x800 Cooling
What would you guys suggest when it comes to cooling an x800? A Zalamn VF700 or an Arctic Cooling Silencer?

GrahamGarside 1st August, 2005 08:47 PM

The zalmans slightly cheaper, I think their quieter and the memory cooling is far better than with arctic cooling units so I'd recomend the zalman

danrok 1st August, 2005 08:50 PM

Be sure to check that there is physical space to fit whichever you go for.

Exile69 1st August, 2005 09:03 PM

There's sufficient space for either one. I have an Ultra-D so I don't think the air from the Zalman's gonna help memory cooling much. :( Is the exhaust system on the Arctic cooling silencer worth it over the Zalman?

danrok 1st August, 2005 09:07 PM

I think Graham means the memory on the video card.

Exile69 1st August, 2005 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by danrok
I think Graham means the memory on the video card.

Ah, right. I think I'll go with the Zalman then. Thanks! :D

GrahamGarside 1st August, 2005 09:13 PM

The exhaust system doesn't make all that much differance to be honest, I've seen no improvement in system temps between my nv5 cooled 6800 and my stock 9800 (which got hotter) it does a fair job of cooling the core, but it's memory cooling is very poor

cadaveca 1st August, 2005 10:00 PM

unless you have an intake fan blowing directly at the card. In which case, the artic cooler is a much better cooler. modding is a must tot get proper performance out of the artic silencer line.

All that being said, i still recommend that zalman cooler.

Rondog 1st August, 2005 10:11 PM

What sort of modding?

Im about to buy one for my 9600XT, the noise from that thing is driving me nuts.

cadaveca 1st August, 2005 10:16 PM

dunno for sure about that one, but the opening needs to be a bit smaller, for one.

the meme heatsinks never mate properly to mem, because of the way meme is mounted to the card, not the artic heatsink, so you have to use white silicon paste for the mem.

the x800 heatsink for the gpu should not touch the mem. if anything, they should have a waraparound peice that covers both sides of mem, so that the tmep between both banks is equal.

i could go on....

tiamat63 1st August, 2005 10:39 PM

Go with the Artic Silencer, I have one on my x800pro and it makes xt speeds NP, my idle temperatures, before I accidently broke the back clip was anywhere from 25-31C. O'cd was 35-43C Idle. Zalman fans also have a history of dying on me, not to mention the pump for a water cooling system a friend has dying...but thats just my exp.

cadaveca 1st August, 2005 10:41 PM

no offense intended, but i have both units. the zalman IS the better one. the artic silencers have fan issues as well, so i think that's just relative.

Exile69 1st August, 2005 10:41 PM

Great, let's add to the confusion. btw what kind of case is that cadaveca?

cadaveca 1st August, 2005 10:42 PM

in my avvie is the Tt Tsunami. orange blue fan is over mobo mosfets, lower fan is tied to the side of the vidacrd. middle fan is in the opening in the sdie panel window.

Exile69 1st August, 2005 10:45 PM

That's what I thought. I have a tsunami aswell. Yours looks awesome. Nice work!

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