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Chipset and video card cooling question

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by brentl, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    Alright folks a couple easy questions I hope.

    Chipset cooling ... is it safe? is it done by sticking a fan directly on the chipset? what if I don't another fan header, can I use an adapter?

    Video card; only have a heatsink on my Visiontek GF2MX-400 an no hole for a fan. Can I stick one on it too?

    Although I've never done either before I've done lots of other things to my computer.

    If you've done either how about some do's and don't!

    Thanks

    Brent L
     
  2. Masood Ali

    Masood Ali Supporting Actor

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    Chipset cooling - It's very safe. Is it necessary? Well...not always. The only people who'd benefit from it are overclockers/tweakers who already pushed their systems to the max, and want a little more juice. If you don't have a header, use a 3pin->4pin adapter.

    Video card cooling - Also very safe, but be careful while removing your stock heatsink. Some manufacturers use thermal epoxy to apply their heatsinks with, so avoid damaging your video card while removing it. Also, remember to remove all old thermal epoxy/compound before applying a new heatsink. If you're only going to apply a fan onto your existing heatsink, simply screw your new fan in with screws, and use a 3pin->4pin adapter for the fan. Cooling your video card will help it overclock; whether you'll notice any gains depends on the application and settings you use.
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I have to say that I am pleasantly suprised that my VisionTek
    NviDia GeForce 3 Ti200 not only has aluminum heat sinks over
    all of the memory but also has a super nice fan over the GPU
    to cool things down.
    Even my Brookdale Chipset has a super nice heat sink on it
    and my factory CPU fan is a dynamite model (for an OEM Manufacturer
    to install) You can tell that Micron caters to the hard core
    guys who could just as easily build thier own machines. I
    didn't feel like searching out every component and the price
    was right. Micron did not dissapoint me! [​IMG]
    I do plan on changing my cooling around somewhat (not that
    I even need it) I do plan to add ThermalTake's Active DDR
    Memory Cooling Kit which consists of 2 billet aluminum plates
    that clamp onto the RAM Chipsets and has a fan. I also may
    upgrade my "fans" (just the fans) to units that allow me
    to adjust the RPM.. I can currently view the RPM of my CPU
    and Exhaust Fan but I can not adjust them.
    Needless to say even under intense CPU and Memory bandwidth
    benchmarking I still only manage to run at 115 Degrees F
    with a resting CPU temp of about 81 Degrees F.
    Once I get this whole overclock mumbo jumbo sorted out and
    I decide what I want to do.. My cooling measures may change [​IMG]
    This image shows ThermalTake's Non Active Memory Cooling Kit
    which comes with heat sinks for the DDR Ram and the Ram on
    the Video Card.
    [​IMG]
    This image shows ThermalTake's Active Memory Cooling Kit
    which comes with a Fan.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    That's interesting Brett, but I think memory cooling is a little extreme for me.

    I just want to play around with my video card. My old ATI card wouldn't overclock so I wanted to try on this one.

    I'll never go back to ATI. I would have liked to have stuck with a Canadian company but in this case it's not worth it.

    I'll try the "fan on top of the hestsink thing" first.

    Thanks guys

    Brent
     

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