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Old April 15, 2008, 10:55 AM
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It's the whole unit, not just the cooler..... they've got both the 512 & 1G cards....

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA
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Old April 15, 2008, 11:03 AM
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Of course we can't forget DC and its in stock, this is the one that I purchased $269.77 after taxes shipping and insurance to Toronto, Ontario. The price has dropped a little since the first one I purchased although it was only $6 dollars.

EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT Akimbo Sc 720MHZ 512MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada

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Old April 15, 2008, 11:34 AM
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It's the whole unit, not just the cooler..... they've got both the 512 & 1G cards....

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA
Ohhh..ok.
I am going to pop up to get this from Memory Express.http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX20335(ME).aspx
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Old April 15, 2008, 02:45 PM
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@stoanee
That is where I got mine.

@3.0charlie
I have to agree that the Accelero S1 is a great cooler from what I have read about it. The biggest difference that I can tell between them is that the air is expelled outside the case with the Akimbo, which can help keep everything else cooler as well.
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Old April 15, 2008, 03:05 PM
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@stoanee
That is where I got mine.

@3.0charlie
I have to agree that the Accelero S1 is a great cooler from what I have read about it. The biggest difference that I can tell between them is that the air is expelled outside the case with the Akimbo, which can help keep everything else cooler as well.
That is one of the things which most interests me.

I'm going to do a bit more research though to see if a GTS might serve me better at around the same price......
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Why is it that expelling the hot air out of the case is an added benefit for GPUs, when most air oc'er use a TRUE 120 that expels the hot air inside the case? With good ventilation, it's not a problem.

Compared to the Akimbo, I had lower temps (2C) and better clocks. Question though: you mentionned that the fan was running at 60%. What were the temps and fan noise at 100%?


Just to clear my position on this: I'm trying to convince myself that I don't need a new card, that my current 8800GTS 320Mb still fits the bill...
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Old April 15, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Hehe, I actually just went from the 8800GTS 320 to this one. :-)

Now the changes are weren't huge when looking at 3Dmark06 with the base 1280x1024, but Crysis sure runs better now. My 320MB GTS was perfectly fine when I was running 1280x1024, but then I got a new monitor and moved up to the 1680x1050 and I noticed it started to show its age.

As for the temps, with my clocks sitting at 734/1836/1000 with the fan at 100%

Idle: 36C
Load: 51C

Now as for the noise level, at 100% it is very noticeable. I can almost drown it out if I crank all my other fans in my 900 case up to full, but I can still hear it. So yea it is very loud at 100%, that is why I like leaving it closer to 60% cause I can't really notice it at all at that level.

So there you go, it really does the job well at 100% but is quite loud. Now I dropped it down to 85% and the noise level is reduced drastically, still noticeable but liveable. The temps with it at that level are:

Idle: 36C
Load: 52C

So really looks like 85% isn't that much worse in temps than 100% but much quieter. Well after finding that out I think I will set rivatuner to run it at 85% if I am doing any real intensive stuff, otherwise I'm thinking about 55% to keep things nice and quiet.
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So the cooler is similar to the original 8800GTS dual-slot cooler noise-wise, except that it performs better. So it is a good choice after all.
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Yea, quieter on the low end, louder on the high end, but better performance across the board.
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Why is it that expelling the hot air out of the case is an added benefit for GPUs, when most air oc'er use a TRUE 120 that expels the hot air inside the case? With good ventilation, it's not a problem.

Compared to the Akimbo, I had lower temps (2C) and better clocks. Question though: you mentionned that the fan was running at 60%. What were the temps and fan noise at 100%?


Just to clear my position on this: I'm trying to convince myself that I don't need a new card, that my current 8800GTS 320Mb still fits the bill...
It's more of a benefit to the motherboard components as there is less hot air hanging around to bump up NB/SB temps.
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