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Enclosed Schroud or Egg Shaped Cooler?

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April 16, 2010 11:05:42 PM

Ok, here’s a topic I didn’t find in the forums: :bounce: 

Which type of cooler on a graphics card is better: Enclosed Schroud or Egg Shaped?

I wanted to get into Crossfire mode with my current graphics card, but the model I have has been discontinued, and is unavailable at retailers. I looked into it via www.pricewatch.com.

:D  XFX Radeon HD 4870 775M 1GB DDR5 PCIe x16, Model #HD-487a-ZDDC
:whistle:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is it the “Z” in the model that makes my card unique, as mine had the fully enclosed cooler shroud, venting out the back of the PCIe slots. Other (available) models in the same line have the egg shaped cooler on them.

I’m sure the specs would be all the same, the only difference in the cooler ass’y. And being as anal as I am :sarcastic:  , I want to get the exact same card as I have.

However, I found a different manufacture (Diamond Multimedia & VisionTek) with the enclosed shroud. Once again, same specs, but I’m anal.

Now I’m looking into getting 2 5770 cards. Should I get the ones with the enclosed shroud? I found these:

:??:  XFX Radeon HD 5770 1024MB DDR5 PCIe x16, Model #HD-577A-ZNFC
:whistle:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Once again, the “Z” shows up in the model number. Is this the cooling ass’y desciption code or something?

I’m looking into the 5770 as they are 1” shorter then my 4870. The 4870 crowds my HHD cage: I can’t use the top slot, as I need room for the PCIe plugs. (I should suggest to the cards manufacters to put these plugs on the top on the cards, facing towards the "top" of the card, not towards the "back".) Also, the 5770 only needs 1 PCIe plug: it uses only 18W, vs. 90W for a 4870. Thus, I can keep my current PSU. And it supports DirectX11.

So, bottom line, is the enclosed shroud better at cooling, ‘cause it vents it out the case? Or are egg-shaped coolers just as good, as I see they have vents on the PCI Slot, too.

Thank You. :hello: 

P.S. I think I found out that is the "A" in the model number.
P.P.S And my card is a "XXX" version of the XFX 4870!
a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:09:46 PM

If the case does not have good cooling it is better to get a card that exhausts the air out of the back of the case. If the case has good cooling egg-shaped coolers are just as good.
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April 16, 2010 11:14:39 PM

My case is a Antec 300, with all the fans: 2-120mm front in, 1-120mm side in, 1-120mm back out, 1-140mm top out.

Plus a OCZ DDR RAM cooler, atached to the PWR connector on the mobo.

And of course, a Xigmatech Dark Knight CPU Cooler, blowing towards the back.

I had it blowing up, but then couldn't install my RAM fan. (Yet another topic.)
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:16:53 PM

You should be able to sell your XFX HD4870 for close to the expense of a HD5770. So the idea of getting 2x HD5770 is not far fetched. You will have the same performance as 2 x 4870 newer tech and less power consumption.
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:19:05 PM

foscooter said:
My case is a Antec 300, with all the fans: 2-120mm front in, 1-120mm side in, 1-120mm back out, 1-140mm top out.

Plus a OCZ DDR RAM cooler, atached to the PWR connector on the mobo.

And of course, a Xigmatech Dark Knight CPU Cooler, blowing towards the back.

I had it blowing up, but then couldn't install my RAM fan. (Yet another topic.)

That would be considered good cooling.
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April 16, 2010 11:25:41 PM

Yep, selling my old one should be "great."

I could list is as a "unique" or "rare" card to get some added bucks out of it. :lol: 
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 16, 2010 11:30:52 PM

If you have the XFX double lifetime warranty (added value) it is an easy sell.
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April 16, 2010 11:58:44 PM

THX rolli59.

But the question still remains: Enclosed or egg-shaped cooler? :bounce: 
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 12:17:10 AM

I would go for enclosed. That way, you know that the hot air is going out of the case and that is less heat you have to worry about.
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 12:53:29 AM

In your case both coolers are good the enclosed one is better for cases with less cooling since it vents the heat out.
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April 20, 2010 6:03:08 PM

Best answer selected by foscooter.
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