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Better cooling for 4850/4870?

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June 25, 2008 4:05:09 PM

Some reviews are reporting 70-80+ C in testing, which quite frankly, scares the *$*@ out of me.

Any thoughts on having better case cooling, or waiting for a company to just put a better than stock cooler on a card to sell retail?

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June 25, 2008 4:39:27 PM

Damn, I can't remember where I read it, but I read a review where they installed a V1000 (from Zalman) on a 4850. I remember that it had a huge impact on the core temperature, which is what one would expect.

Sorry I don't remember where I read it though. I tried Gizoogling it, but it's so recent that it doesn't find it.
June 25, 2008 4:48:14 PM

Heat issues will be fixed with a update to raise fan speed or a utility to control fans is updated for these cards, the cooling on it is fine.
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June 25, 2008 5:09:36 PM

similar fan problems with launch of the 38xx cards. Fans were fine, the bios needed updating. The later versions 38xx fans work great.

Still tho. you'd think ATI would do a better job with fans, especially considering the big heat/fan issues the 29xx series and the fans speed problems of the 38xx series.

June 25, 2008 5:10:27 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I cannot believe how appealing these cards are looking, and I am well past due with my AGP 6600GT and much older P4 2.6C :o 
June 25, 2008 5:24:23 PM

kenratboy said:
Thanks for the replies.

I cannot believe how appealing these cards are looking, and I am well past due with my AGP 6600GT and much older P4 2.6C :o 


That looks strikingly similar to my rig from three years ago. But I had a clawhammer 3700+ 2.4ghz with socket 754.
June 25, 2008 5:36:39 PM

Yeah, I built my current 'gaming rig' in December 2003, and only changed the video card after the fact.

Needless to say, I am probably going to poop my pants with joy if I do something like a Q9450 and a 4870 or 9800
June 25, 2008 7:56:12 PM

Ummm remember the x1900's? 90C+ on load. Come on its a GPU not a CPU!
June 26, 2008 3:35:20 AM

Wow, that Thermalright is a monster. I assume the non-GPU parts are still getting adequate cooling?
June 26, 2008 4:06:45 AM

They probably just wanted lower fan speeds for quietness during all of the reviews so that they don't go down in history as the loudest vga.
June 26, 2008 4:48:02 AM

Well, thats it. Maybe they could speed the fans up for lower temps...but I don't want the noise. I have the nice all-copper Zalman on my 6600GT. Quiet, cool, and look awesome.
June 26, 2008 6:30:58 AM

This is the only reason I haven't ordered a 4870 yet. I'm waiting to see if we get any better cooling solutions soon.
June 26, 2008 11:48:46 PM

4870 does not suffer from a poor cooler... It has the second slot cooler that at the most needs a BIOS update to run the fan faster. On my Visiontek 4850 I flashed to an Asus and use their software utilities to turn the fan from 14% to 50%. Blends right in with my Antec 900 fans on medium.
November 7, 2008 2:19:56 PM

my gpsu (2 4850 in crossfire are runing at 105 C with stock on 100% fan speeds if its hot in my room.
my case is not poorly cooled but the GPUs are kinda closed in since i use some noise reduction kits.

Apart from waht i "want" beeing aquagratix 4850 waterblock fullcover, id go with DuOrb (all copper version), or some thermalright (but those hardly will work in corssfire if u use most of your PCI slots).
November 7, 2008 2:29:37 PM

cats_Paw said:
my gpsu (2 4850 in crossfire are runing at 105 C with stock on 100% fan speeds if its hot in my room.
my case is not poorly cooled but the GPUs are kinda closed in since i use some noise reduction kits.

Apart from waht i "want" beeing aquagratix 4850 waterblock fullcover, id go with DuOrb (all copper version), or some thermalright (but those hardly will work in corssfire if u use most of your PCI slots).


Are you serious? Wtf...

I'm currently at 40% fan speed with a temp of 41c. Using an Antec 900 at lowest fan speed.
November 14, 2008 6:12:20 AM

it sounds promising but it looks just like the reference coolers. I wonder why and how it can achieve stunning results.
November 14, 2008 12:39:53 PM

I have a Diamond 4870 with their factory heatpipe heatsink.....and I set in CCC the fan to 60 percent and get 53 deg C and it doesn't hit over 63 in games.....Granted its not the stock ati fan either
November 15, 2008 3:08:18 PM

jackieboy said:
I have a Diamond 4870 with their factory heatpipe heatsink.....and I set in CCC the fan to 60 percent and get 53 deg C and it doesn't hit over 63 in games.....Granted its not the stock ati fan either


I have the diamond 4870 1gb edition and yes they are using ATI referenced design meaning their stock fans. They didn't change their coolers. I wouldn't run the fan at 60% that's insane! It sounds like a jet is taking off. I can't stand it! Most I would put it at is 30% and if i'm OCing 40ish% tops!
November 17, 2008 1:15:03 AM

murdoc said:
I have the diamond 4870 1gb edition and yes they are using ATI referenced design meaning their stock fans. They didn't change their coolers. I wouldn't run the fan at 60% that's insane! It sounds like a jet is taking off. I can't stand it! Most I would put it at is 30% and if i'm OCing 40ish% tops!




http://www.diamondmm.com/4870PE5512DT.php


You don't have a fan like this
November 18, 2008 5:51:02 PM

I have a gigabyte 4850 and it idles at around 68 C when i set the fan speed to 55%...but when I game, the temp goes up to about 103 C, which really worries me...would a pci slot cooler underneath the video help solve this problem?
November 18, 2008 7:07:45 PM

I have a saphire 4850 overclocked. i just reached 88 celcius running a gpu stress test. and mind you thats with fan at 100% the whole time. i also applied artic silver 5 to it yesterday. im definitely looking for an after market cooler but im not sure if i should waste money on it.
November 18, 2008 7:11:55 PM

danbfree said:
4870 does not suffer from a poor cooler... It has the second slot cooler that at the most needs a BIOS update to run the fan faster. On my Visiontek 4850 I flashed to an Asus and use their software utilities to turn the fan from 14% to 50%. Blends right in with my Antec 900 fans on medium.


ati overdrive fan adjustment ftw! 35% fan speed=best gpu cooler ever!
November 19, 2008 2:50:16 AM

murdoc said:
ah!! Ic... yeah I don't have that one.. Is it loud when you set it to 60% fan speed?



No its not.....its quieter than my old 8800gt



November 19, 2008 3:04:01 AM

jackieboy said:
No its not.....its quieter than my old 8800gt


damn.. I wish the 4870 1gB edition had those special coolers :(  I don't want to spend more on it though... If I successfully get a job on this next job that I apply for, then I will just sell 4870 and buy 5870 when it comes out. I guess I can live with the noise for now.
November 19, 2008 4:43:11 AM

My visiontek 4870 has stock HSF and with fan at 30% the idle is 42C and at 40% the idle is at 38C. Load never goes over 60C And its OC to 765/1000
November 19, 2008 4:21:18 PM

How much memory do you have?

I think since I have 1gb, the density of the rams increased and so temperature increases.

I have it set to 30% right now and idle is around 42ish.. and on load it goes to around 65 - 70.
November 19, 2008 11:47:52 PM

i ve read a good review about the AC accelero S2(heatsink system).. you can also add "turbo module" which is 2 additional fans over the accelero s2... those 2 things are bout 40$ so i might get a cheap diamond 4850 and add either the S2 only, and use some homemade fan setup...
thats cheaper than the HIS ICeQ4 4850 but im still in a dillema, wut do u guys think?
problem with S2 + turbo module is that it takes 3 slots :(  thats freakin a lot)
November 20, 2008 12:38:44 AM

co.uk >_>
wut bout .ca? :p 
November 20, 2008 3:24:18 AM

ahslan said:
I have a gigabyte 4850 and it idles at around 68 C when i set the fan speed to 55%...but when I game, the temp goes up to about 103 C, which really worries me...would a pci slot cooler underneath the video help solve this problem?



It might help but not for certain.....case airflow and many other factors can cause the heat you have.....don't overclock it at all
November 20, 2008 5:37:46 AM

I don't think the S2 helps cool ram which the default HSF does.... you may get reduced performance that way.
November 21, 2008 7:55:55 PM

S2 is only copper heatsinks or wutever the terms are, i beleive so yeah maybe... but if the case airflow (which is really good in mine) is good, then shouldnt it be enough??
what about the HIS IceQ4 Turbo 4850 card??!! would that be enough??
my dilemma is between HIS IceQ4 or diamond 4850 +S2 ........
id like to get that other fan over the co.uk website, but i cant even buy stuffs from newegg.com :X doomed to ncix.com (canada)
that thermalright cooler seems to be quite big?? how many slots does it take?? also its freakin 55$ >_>
April 18, 2009 7:49:28 PM

so now im running into some serious problems....my 4850 overheats sometimes and now causes my comp to restart (even when i manually set the fan speed to 100%)...i definitely need to get rid of this stock cooling but i dont want to spend too much money on an aftermarket cooler...my computer does have adequate cooling (2 120mm fans...one intake, other output, and have a pci slot fan under gpu)
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