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March 19, 2014 2:19:48 PM

So i have 2 5870's, and one of them is running quite hot. I would like to get a custom cooler for the card, but I don't know which one is the best.
Its a Sapphire Radeon HD 5870, reference model heatsink
I would prefer if the heatsink was $50 or less, but if i need to stretch that a bit for a really good cooler, I will.

Thanks again,
TechnoD

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March 19, 2014 2:32:52 PM

do you know which card is running hot? this is typical in crossfire as one card blocks the others airflow. not sure if changing the cooler is something i would recommend.

also, whens the last time you blew the dust out of your gpu's?
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March 19, 2014 2:38:54 PM

thanks for the quick response.
to answer your questions:
first off, i have a sapphire reference 5870 and a XFX reference 5870
the sapphire card is the one that is getting hot. Also, even when i take the xfx out the card regularly reaches temps in excess of 80 degrees celcius.
both gpus are clean and have no dust.
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March 19, 2014 2:40:57 PM

80 degrees is normal for a 5870 under load, that card just runs hot.
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March 19, 2014 2:44:26 PM

ok maybe i need to clarify. Im reaching temps of near 65 at idle and peaking over 95 (97 was the highest i saw with gpu-z)
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March 19, 2014 2:46:12 PM

yea that is hot, is this something that just started recently?

have you tried replacing the thermal paste?
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March 19, 2014 2:48:38 PM

yes i have replaced the thermal paste with artic silver 5. this lowered temps about 5 degrees or so.
this has been going on for a bit (more than a month), just been too busy to deal with it
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March 19, 2014 2:51:32 PM

Have you ran each card alone and compared temps between them?
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March 19, 2014 2:52:00 PM

strange that it is still running that hot. thanks for answering my questions thou, i always try to troubleshoot before changing hardware, but you might be correct in needing a new cooler. take a look at what arctic and zalman have to offer, they both make some decent gpu coolers.
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March 19, 2014 3:13:27 PM

Embra said:
Need to make sure it will fit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would not spend too much on a cooler. The 5780 were great cards in their time, but you would be better off saving for an upgrade I feel.


yea i was leaning towards recommending an upgrade.
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March 19, 2014 8:15:54 PM

Ok, lets say that upgrading was not an option. then what?
Also the "ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler" is rated for only 120 watts, and my 5870 is rated for quite a bit more than that. Will it still be sufficient to cool my card? Maybe there is something with a little more 'beef' to it available.
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March 20, 2014 3:44:18 AM

TechnoD said:
Ok, lets say that upgrading was not an option. then what?
Also the "ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler" is rated for only 120 watts, and my 5870 is rated for quite a bit more than that. Will it still be sufficient to cool my card? Maybe there is something with a little more 'beef' to it available.


If your budget is tight and your are presently happy with your setup, that's is what counts. I was merely looking ahead. You know your situation best. People here tend to like sending other folks money, hehe. :) 

How about this one, 200w:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was trying to keep the price low.
You may find this else where for cheaper as well.
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April 22, 2014 2:24:28 PM

TechnoD said:
So i have 2 5870's, and one of them is running quite hot. I would like to get a custom cooler for the card, but I don't know which one is the best.
Its a Sapphire Radeon HD 5870, reference model heatsink
I would prefer if the heatsink was $50 or less, but if i need to stretch that a bit for a really good cooler, I will.

Thanks again,
TechnoD


I had similar problems, only solution i found (after cleaning, using expensive thermal grease and optimizing whole PC air flow) is use MSI afterburner with user defined fan speed.
You need to play a bit with the fanspeed/temperature lines there and you will have higher fan sound but your cards will never go over 70-75 = your cards's memories will never fail.

You setup in amd catalyst the performance/amd overdrive on with custom fan speed enabled, you run msi afterburner, it asks you to reboot if i recall, and then you setup oh, let me show you two screenshots and be done with it.



i bet on your crossfire you can set different fan speeds for every card and different fan schemes. Now, if you check ebay, you will see there are LOADS of 5870 fans = better burn the fan than the card. I also want to add that i am using this kind of solution when i am gaming the last 3 years and i haven't replaced my hd5870 fan yet. Yes it is noisy however i prefer that , because if i set it right every different season (winter summer etc) i can have my gpu change 20-25 Celsius from idle to 100% which trust me is the best way to have a longterm relationship with a graphic card, as the contraction and expansion because of the heat is minimal (compared to a card playing from 30C to 90C right?) and that means you will possibly never have to reflow any gpu or memory of it.

I am also all in for a good aftermarket heatsink / fan but only if i get it really low and no one guarantees you that peak temperatures will drop significantly on your setup on your particular pc tower and it's spot in your house.
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