8800GT cooling

hi guys.

i'm a noob here, so sorry in advance.
but you all seem pretty helpful. so here it goes.

after 3 months of delays from Dell, the finally shipped me my 8800GT 512 from MSI. Its overclocked to 660mhz on the core.
i know msi isnt that great, but i got it for $225 after tax and shipping, so i dont mind.

the issue i have is that after about 10 minutes of gaming, my whole screen artifacts. even if i use rivatuner to pump up the fan to 100%, it artifacts in less than an hour.

so i want an aftermarket cooler.

i'm not really sure how to ensure compatibility with my card, nor do i really get how the ram chips are supposed to be cooled. i'm pretty sure the card is a reference design, if that helps.

so what do you suggest i get to cool this beast?
anything around $30 is about right.

thanks in advance!
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  1. Some may scoff, but I was having heat issues too (a BFG 8800GT) and got this:
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A1311445&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=25682&lid=585550
    I expected very little from it, but it actually solved all my 8800GT temperature problems. But it takes 2 slots.
  2. Besides that you could add a case fan in the back of your case. Make sure it exhausts the hot air out. Also the pci fan.
  3. i have two 80m fans under my card and it only took like 5 degrees of it ...im going to get a HR - 03 - GT
  4. What temps are you getting under load for your video card? If your temps are reasonable with the fan at 100%, then it could be a bad card. So I suggest you post a screen with your gpu temp under load before installing a new gpu cooler (voiding warranty and an RMA).
  5. Is the Dell case limited to two 80mm fans? If so your problem is the case cooling. Those cards need good cool air inside the case. Leave the side off and blow a house fan in there, bet it solves your problems.
  6. This may be more then you're willing to do but what I did was mod my case to add an 80mm adjustable speed fan to the side of my case which blows outside air directly onto my video card. it's fairly easy to do and looks pretty good IMHO. Cut an 80mm hole where you want to mount the fan (I used a drill mounted hole saw that is similar to the kind used for making holes for door handles and locks). Using the fan as a template, mark and drill out the four mounting holes. Lastly, mount it on the inside of the case and find a nice grill/trim piece to mount on the outside and it will both look like you bought it that way and cool 10x better then a PCI slot cooler could. Plus, it could easily be the cheapest option.

    -MikeM
  7. For 30$ you should get those:

    http://www.artic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=147
    http://www.artic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=139

    Just wait a week or two, since the Accelero rev. 1 his out and they are waiting for the rev. 2 to arrive, shortly.

    The turbo module is 7.99$ at Newegg and the Accelero S1 rev. 2 is about 19-20$, so it will comply with your budget, and it will be WAY MORE EFFICIENT than all the other suggestion you got. Just see:

    http://www.abchw.com/content/vga-high-end-cooler-roundup
    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQyMywxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==
  8. I'll second the Arctic Cooling products, I have the S2 w/turbo module fans (Only 2 heatpipes compared to the S1's 4 heatpipes.) I have my 8800GT now at 700/990 and the hottest I have ever saw it go was 53C during 15 minutes of ATItool Artifact scan. During gaming it never breaks 50C. It idle's at about 40C. Ambient is 20C +/-2C (usually hotter) Not bad, I think I picked the cooler for $17 and the fans for $8 + shipping.
  9. ZALMAN VF900
  10. HT03-GT works for me. More expensive than the others though.
  11. Glad you got your card from Dell. I also got in on the MSI 8800GT deal but Dell cancelled my order without my permission just like almost everybody else. In fact, you're the first person I've heard from that actually received one. Thankfully I ordered one from the egg shortly thereafter.
  12. This is what I am running on my 8800GT...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118001

    Has everythin' you need including Ram Heatsinks and a speed control unit.

    Seems to get the job done. (it will take up 2 slots tho)
  13. I have two 8800GT 512mb cards in SLI with no heat issues on stock fans. I do have the PCI slot covers off next to the cards (gets some airflow) but I love my Cosmos case, its great for cooling.
  14. I use the Zalman VF1000 LED and a cheapo PCI blower. Installed it 2 days ago. With the stock Zalman thermal compound it idles at 37C and hits 52C load (20 minutes ATI Tool artifact test). This is in a closed case running clocks of 700/1750/1980. I am using the eVGA Superclock card which comes with clocks of 650/1625/1900. I always had the PCI blower so I don't know how much it helped, but with it my idle was at 44ish and under load it hit 67C, but that is also with an OC @ 680/1700/1940. Any higher and it would artifact in games even though it is ATI tool stable for 15 minutes. Opening the side of my case gave me 1C lower temps in any case, but did not help with stability.

    My PCI blower helped a lot with my old 7800GT (dropped 4C idle and about 7C load with a closed case) so I assume it will help with your 8800GT since they have a similar fan setup.

    They are both pretty quiet even with the case open. Links:
    PCI Blower (single slot)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200019
    ~$10
    Zalman VF1000LED
    http://www.directron.com/vf1000led.html
    ~$50

    good luck!
  15. Same card
    VF900 $32.99
    40c idle
    57c load (1hr ATI Tool artifact test)
    http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff305/kpo6969/AtiToolBenchmark6.jpg
  16. I use the Zalman vf900 and get 51c idle 58c load. I leave the fan on low as it almost perfectly silent. Turning it up full blast is still rather quiet but it only dropped my temps about 3 additional degrees.
  17. I am sure you shouldn't get artifacts from your card even with stock cooling. I own the same MSI OC 8800GT. My temps are 51-52°C idle and 71°C under load. You should be carefull when configuring RivaTuner you are using the right fan speed control plugin or it may not be speeding the fan at all (although it may say 100%). It should read "fan duty cycle, %". Do you really hear the fan speed up? If it does and your card doesn't cool down, check your case or the card may be defective...
  18. i also have the same msi card and i am running cool enough i decided not to get 3rd party cooling. a safe bet is to run fan up to 50% or 60% b4 starting to play a game. although it was fine on stock fan speeds. I have an antec 900 so airflow is good.

    i have this thing set up where rivatuner hardware monitor turns up the fan speed up to 50% if it reaches 60 C
  19. The following link is in spanish, but is the best way I found to set RivaTuner up (instead of making profiles to step speed up, it increases the fan speed proportionally to the temperature and is much easier). Just follow the pictures. If you need translation, just let me know.
    http://foro.noticias3d.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=221529
  20. I'm running an S1+turbo Module on my 8800GT. Temps went from 51/78 to 38/46 while remaining completly silent.
  21. rook said:
    I'm running an S1+turbo Module on my 8800GT. Temps went from 51/78 to 38/46 while remaining completly silent.


    You forgot to mention at a very cost effective price point :sol:
  22. decripple said:
    I use the Zalman VF1000 LED and a cheapo PCI blower. Installed it 2 days ago. With the stock Zalman thermal compound it idles at 37C and hits 52C load (20 minutes ATI Tool artifact test). This is in a closed case running clocks of 700/1750/1980. I am using the eVGA Superclock card which comes with clocks of 650/1625/1900. I always had the PCI blower so I don't know how much it helped, but with it my idle was at 44ish and under load it hit 67C, but that is also with an OC @ 680/1700/1940. Any higher and it would artifact in games even though it is ATI tool stable for 15 minutes. Opening the side of my case gave me 1C lower temps in any case, but did not help with stability.

    My PCI blower helped a lot with my old 7800GT (dropped 4C idle and about 7C load with a closed case) so I assume it will help with your 8800GT since they have a similar fan setup.

    They are both pretty quiet even with the case open. Links:
    PCI Blower (single slot)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200019
    ~$10
    Zalman VF1000LED
    http://www.directron.com/vf1000led.html
    ~$50

    good luck!



    I'm running 2 of the ZalmanVF1000LED, but I do seem to remember in the applications compatability that it wasn't yet compatable to the 8800GT, He better check into that before committing.

    They are great coolers I have mine cooling 2 7800GTX in SLI, dropped gaming temps about 12c! :sol:
  23. whatever you decide to do ,, consider,,,if you have good airflow from bottom to top,then a zalman type of "scatter"cooler will do,it will also raise overall temps inside your box,if your bottom to top airflow is already too hot ,,then you need to consider an "exhaust" type of gpu cooler,like arctic cooler or a vantec icqberq6..:)
  24. Im maybe take the side off your case and run it for a while and see if that helps things before spending the money on a cooler. The stock cooler should honestly be enough, just run a little warm.

    Might have a bad card or the stock cooler wasn't properly installed.

    BTW there is nothing wrong with MSI cards.
  25. I use the Thermaltake DuOrb, it's a great cooler. Temp went down from full load 75 to 55 and idle from 59 to 43.
  26. liswara said:
    I use the Thermaltake DuOrb, it's a great cooler. Temp went down from full load 75 to 55 and idle from 59 to 43.



    My idle is 37c w an OC of 732/ 1834/1050, using the Zalman VF1000 GPU heatsink fan cooler.
    There is no premade full size size Ram & VR heatsink for the 8800GT as is available for the 8800GTX but the Zalman does fit the 8800GT, and I custom made my Ramsinks
    instead of using the Zalman Ramsinks, Zalman Ramsinks are square and the 8800GT memory chips are retangular.
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