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Do Slot Coolers Really Help?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:22 PM

Hey, thinking about buying a pair of 8800GT cards but am concerned about the well-documented evidence of running hot, especially under load. I figure a simple and cheap solution would be to buy a couple of slot coolers to reduce the temps to a more acceptable range.

My question is, do those slot coolers really make a difference? If so, which ones would be best for cooling 8800GT cards?

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:52 PM

Most 8800GT cards can get very hot. Keep in mind that these cards are designed for the heat and can withstand temperatures around 90 to 100 degrees C. Make sure you have a case with plenty of airflow. All of the 8xxx series of cards run hot. Check out this forum for some commentary on the issue: HardForum.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:58 PM

Well it would depend on your setup. How air is flowing in your case. But 2 8xxx cards you're talking serious heat. I've only got one 8600GT and had to mod my case for a side fan and put in http://www.legitreviews.com/article/223/1/ right under it. that cooler is big, takes up 2 PCI slots. but it works way better for my setup than the exhaust fan i had put in there originally. I've got it set almost on top of the fan on the card which would work for your bottom vid card but the top one there's no way you'll fit in in there. But to answer your question yes it does help. Well worth the 15 bucks or so it cost me.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:16 PM

Well, if it helps, I'm using an Antec P180 case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129154&Tpk=11-129-154)

So the sucker's a big one with 3 big 120mm fans that I have currently set at medium. I plan to crank them up to the top setting when I upgrade to the 8800GT cards, but was wondering if that may still not be enough, especially in SLi configuration.

I suppose I could always get the cheapo slot fans just to be a little more sure, but single digits in temperatures can mean the difference between a humming card and a fried one.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:31 PM

Well, the 8800s are supposed to be really big, so i'd get them first and see, but if you're good with a dremel tool or a drill and a bench grinder you may have to doctor up the side panel. mount a fan or 2 directly over the cards. the GPU has its heatsink and fan but the GDDR gets nothin, except hot. Just something to keep in mind if you have to cool it more.

Well, the 8800s are supposed to be really big, so i'd get them first and see, but if you're good with a dremel tool or a drill and a bench grinder you may have to doctor up the side panel. mount a fan or 2 directly over the cards. the GPU has its heatsink and fan but the GDDR gets nothin, except hot. Just something to keep in mind if you have to cool it more.

i'm jealous of your top vent tho :thumbsup: does give me an idea how to work one into mine tho

Edited by smurfgod, 27 March 2008 - 06:32 PM.





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