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lKashl June 11, 2009 04:53 AM

4890 custom cooled?
Hey guys, its me again. Im just wondering whether i should custom cool a 4890 video card? I'm considering purchasing one of the stock cards with their seemingly dodgy plastic coolers. i'm wondering if the cooling would be adequate (considering im not overclocking) or i should invest in some sort of custom cooling?
Any help would be appreciated and please dont suggest buying a card with a different cooler to the reference one. I've looked all over the place and the only ones available are the stock ones :(

SKYMTL June 11, 2009 05:32 AM

Actually, I don't know around there but Here in Canada the Sapphire VaporX Toxic is priced in-line with many other HD4890 cards.

If you choose to go for a reference-based card, the cooler won't cause you any issues other than the fact that it gets a tad loud after a few minutes of gaming. Remember: the stock cooler is designed to keep the temperatures within the norms.

CanadaRox June 11, 2009 06:22 AM

The stock cooler is designed for running stock, even in a poorly ventilated case, so you should have no problem assuming your case has some ventilation. The only concern I'd have would be noise. I know the 4870 heatsink is noisy and I believe it is the same one for the 4890 so you might want to get an aftermarket heatsink just to cut down on the noise, but temperature wise, you'll be fine.

howpet June 11, 2009 06:56 AM

I"m not intentionally trying to threadjack but this may be relevent here(?). I"ve got a new 4890 on the way should I replace the vender applied TIM with IC Diamond before installing?

SKYMTL June 11, 2009 06:58 AM

No. That is a quick way to void your warranty.

howpet June 11, 2009 07:08 AM


Originally Posted by SKYMTL (Post 207576)
No. That is a quick way to void your warranty.

Yes it would! Maybe a while down the road something to try. Thxs for reply.

lKashl July 9, 2009 11:11 AM

Hey sorry for the late reply guys, I've been caught up with exams etc. etc. :( Anyway thanks for the help, i went ahead and bought a power colour 4890 in the end, turns out at max fan speed on the colour power card, temps drop to between 30-60 degrees :)

martin_metal_88 July 9, 2009 11:21 AM

wow max fan speed will be somethink like...a jet aircraft taking off in your neightbour house:) SKYMTL was right with the Vapor-X, they are really good card and vapor is really awsome to eliminate heat faster. If my memories good I have read an article that every big saphire card will soon have this for retail heatsink. I like that.

lKashl July 9, 2009 11:31 AM

Haha more like a rocket :P It is loud, but during the day theres not much need for me to keep the pc quiet.
I actually would have perferred the sapphire cards, but their virtually non-existant in terms of availability!

martin_metal_88 July 9, 2009 12:39 PM

With these card the best trick is to go on local shop, (well at the one I work ) the suplier where we get it always have a ton's in stock so it's pretty easy to get. Don't realy know why web shop don't have them most of the time. are they all using the same supplier ( NXsource, I mean NCIX) ??

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