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Old July 10, 2010, 08:10 PM
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Default Aftermarket cooling for HD5870 Ref. Design


There is 2 or 3 known aftermarket coolers for the HD5870. I'm looking into buying one, as I want to reduce max load temp on my XFX reference 5870. It hits 80 degrees celsius after an hour of BC2. I know it's not that warm, but I like to keep my cards cool. The fact that my ATCS840 case doesn't cool as much as my Antec 300 (full of fans) doesn't help either...I was getting better temps with the 300 than the ATCS840...

The Zalman VF3000a
Zalman VF3000A Heatpipe VGA Cooler 2X 92MM Fans 5830 5850 5870 - DirectCanada

and the "still missing" from Canadian retailer's inventories AC Accelero Xtreme 5870.
AC Accelero Xtreme 5870 Review | t-break: Tech @ Its Fastest

The Zalman looks really nice, but it seems that some people are bricking their cards when installing it...maybe PEBKAC, but who's also pretty cheap while pricematched.

The Accelero Xtreme5870 can be purchased online from AC or very few online retailers, but factoring-in the price of shipping on top of the price of the cooler makes the purchase more or less NOT ATTRACTIVE.

Hopefully NCIX (and others) will start stocking the Accelero5870. NCIX sells the 5970 version of this cooler.

They stock this one that fits on the 5870, but it's not a dedicated solution, it's a generic cooler that is compatible with : ATI 4850 4870 4890 5870 NVIDIA GTS 240 250... - Buy Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo Pro VGA Cooler 2X92MM PWM Fan ATI 4850 4870 4890 5870 NVIDIA GTS 240 250 - Twinturbopro In Canada.

Any experience with both Zalman and AC vidcard coolers? I know XFX's warranty is still ok if I change the cooler on the card, but is it more risky to do that to install a CPU cooler? I mean it can't be...
What do you think?
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