Operating Temperature of Radeon 9800 Pro

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  1. James D S

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    What is the safe operating temperature range of the Radeon 9800 Pro. I ask because I removed the OEM fan and heatsink and installed a passive Zalman heatpipe ZM80A-HP(www.zalman.co.uk) and am wondering if the temps I'm getting are appropriate. Currently the base of the heatsink is running at between 60 and 65 degrees, much hotter than the CPU (AMD XP 2500+). Mind you, this is running at near idle. Is this fine? What temperature should I strive for? Thanks.
     
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    I think thats about right. Check out http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/...mate_eds.shtml

    Sapphire is selling a 9800 pro with the same heatpipe on it and they got 144 degrees F when under a heavy load for 45 minutes. Idle was 76.2 so I think you're just fine.
     
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    A fellow Austinite to the rescue. Thanks Mike.

    -James
     
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    Wow thanks for the info James & Mike. I was hestitant in upgrading to a 9800p in fear of temp issues with my heatpipe, good to know they work together great.
     
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    I'm assuming there are no issues with mounting a fan onto a heatpipe rig. Is that so?
     
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    The best cost-effective philosophy if you have the room is to get the biggest fan you can fit in your case, connect it to a fan speed controller, and aim it at the heatsink. The Zalman flower comes stock w/a 92mm fan like this and I use the same size fan to keep the heatpipe cool (picture). The result is a very quiet & stable machine.
     
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    I'm curious why you are installing a heatpipe on your video card? The way I look at it is if the heatsink/fans that come with it fail then its not your fault. Does it really impact the overall heat in the case that much? Unless you are overclocking the video card, but the thing is pretty fast to start with, isn't it?
     
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    It's mainly for noise issues. ATi stock fans are almost always the loudest part of a case.
     
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    Noise primarily. Second, the cooler the card, the longer it lasts. Third, the thing looks freakin' cool. Stock is boring. [​IMG]
     
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    Ahhh...noise.

     
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    Hehe Mike, I personally don't give a flying f*ck about all the neon lights, side windows, etc.. but I have to admit Zalman products sure are purty (AND functional).

    [​IMG]
     
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    Whats that fanned out shaped copper heatsink in the forground?
     
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    Heatsink for the CPU. Cooled by a 92mm fan that spins slower (quieter) but circulates just as much air as a smaller 60mm fan.
     

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