I have to say I know nothing about cooling so I come with maybe a dumb question. Is there passive cooling attatched to the underside of a graphics card? Meaning the side with no fans etc. If there is such a thing, any recommendations for such cooling devices for a GTX 580 SOC? Thank you.
Im just trying to figure out how to cool my card with 2 out of 3 fans. One of the fans in my card runs pretty loud, i suppose it vibrates or something. Gigabyte service is terrible. Last time I sent a card to them I waited for almost 2 months to get it back and it wasnt even fixed. I tried to find a fan like the one on the card but couldnt. So I thought that maybe there was a way to add a passive cooler instead of replacing the stock one. The loud fan is easy to unplug, the temps when it is are generally fine but Id feel safer with something replacing the unplugged fan.
It really depends on how well you install them and whether they restrict any airflow. Keep in mind, if you have a "meshy" open system, the sound is exiting via all of the openings. The dampening material could help with sound but can case excessive heat issues.