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Old January 19, 2011, 07:09 AM
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Hi guys,

I'm looking into buying an aftermarket cooler for my sapphire 5870 100281-3SR because I wish to reduce the noise coming out from the stock cooler (dam it really pisses me off how it gets noisy above 35%).

I have read some good reviews on the Arctic Xtreme, however I am unsure about its compatibility with my specific card; I have read that this cooler is only compatible with reference cards.

Now I believe my card is non-reference (please correct me if I am wrong) and accordingly, this cooler may not be compatible with my card because of different VRM positioning on the non-ref card. Should I then order the Xtreme Plus, which I understand may be complemented with appropriate heat sinks for the VRM?

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Old January 19, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Hi guys,

I'm looking into buying an aftermarket cooler for my sapphire 5870 100281-3SR because I wish to reduce the noise coming out from the stock cooler (dam it really pisses me off how it gets noisy above 35%).

I have read some good reviews on the Arctic Xtreme, however I am unsure about its compatibility with my specific card; I have read that this cooler is only compatible with reference cards.

Now I believe my card is non-reference (please correct me if I am wrong) and accordingly, this cooler may not be compatible with my card because of different VRM positioning on the non-ref card. Should I then order the Xtreme Plus, which I understand may be complemented with appropriate heat sinks for the VRM?

TIA
The Arctic coolers simply make contact with just your GPU, everything else is the little ramsinks that stick on. I am not sure whether it would work, but in theory it should as a non-reference is just different placement of stuff.
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Old January 19, 2011, 12:29 PM
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You are correct JMCD that the cooler simply makes contact with the GPU, the incompatibility to which I refer relates to the provided VRM sinks: in the Xtreme version the VRM sink is a single straight HS, whereas in the Xtreme plus version, the VRM HS is comprised of a plurality of single HS for each VRM.

I do not want to have to order the Xtreme Plus right away if the Xtreme version will suffice for my card, since there is a significant difference in price for these versions.

Thanks for your help!
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Ah ok, I didn't realize there was a significant difference. I'd also be wary of using this cooler unless they've resolved the issues with the VRM temps (I remember looking at this issue about 8 months back, and it was pretty bad at the time). It's things like this that will make me buy things like the Vapor-X in the future, or cards with additional cooling already. I like it quiet like you. Hopefully someone else will actually have experience with this :)
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Old January 19, 2011, 03:29 PM
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There is this one:
Accelero XTREME 5870 VGA Cooling Arctic Cooling

Accelero XTREME 5870

VGA Cooler for ATI 5870


The ram sinks don't stick much....
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Old January 21, 2011, 10:25 AM
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FYI -- I have come to the conclusion that my particular card is a NON-reference card and thus, that the Arctic Xtreme is NOT compatible due to VRM heatsink not covering all the VRM chips (which are disposed differently on the NON-reference vs. reference).

It alos appears that most aftermarket coolers will NOT work with my NON-reference card... so dumb of me for having bought this card in the first place!!!!!!!


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take it easy man, those who can always try to help. at least around these parts :)

one can only speculate when they have no direct experience with the exact parts

you have inquired to us about :)
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thx dangtx!
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There is ALWAYS a concern of custom cooling not being compatible with any custom cards...

Aftermarket air cooler and water blocks are made to fit on reference...it's the reason why the REFERENCE cards are selling more...

now, that Sapphire card of yours, it's got a custom cooler on it, it not giving better temps than a reference card? It should be running cooler and quieter!
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There is ALWAYS a concern of custom cooling not being compatible with any custom cards...

Aftermarket air cooler and water blocks are made to fit on reference...it's the reason why the REFERENCE cards are selling more...

now, that Sapphire card of yours, it's got a custom cooler on it, it not giving better temps than a reference card? It should be running cooler and quieter!
Unless it's the Vapor 5870 I don't think so.

You can get waterblocks for non reference 5870s though.
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