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Aftermarket air coolers for GTX 480?

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June 20, 2010 1:07:54 AM

I know that they make water cooling blocks for the Fermi cards, but is there any company which makes aftermarket air coolers and heat sinks for the GTX 480?

The Fermi is notorious for extremely high temperatures. So, (even at stock speeds) an aftermarket cooler shouldn't hurt. I do know that countless aftermarket fans/heat sinks exist for the ATI Radeon 4xxx and 5xxx series graphics cards.
June 20, 2010 1:17:00 AM

The card doesn't have that high of temperatues, just slightly over that of a 5970. The cards already have really high end air coolers with heat pipes and all, it is hard to top unless you go water.

Though power consumption, noise, and total heat output is a bit insane.
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June 20, 2010 1:23:18 AM

It can exceed 100 *C in cases with poor airflow? Do those temperatures drastically reduce the life of the card?
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June 20, 2010 1:35:07 AM

Uh actually they do exist. Thermalright makes the Spitfire, the HR-03 GT, and the HR-03 GTX. All work with their bracket.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMxWVgYRv-M

I'm actually installing the Spitfire I got in the mail earlier today once I get home from work. I'll report back with temps if you'd like.
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June 20, 2010 1:47:05 AM

I don't think anyone can certify the lifetime of the cards. The ATI 5000 series aren't that much off, maybe 10C depending on airflow and load of course. But what is 10C worth? I personally have no idea.

The cards are backed up by warranty, so im sure the engineers got it all figured out. Won't want the company to incur too many liabilities right?
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June 20, 2010 2:22:55 AM

redechelon said:
Uh actually they do exist. Thermalright makes the Spitfire, the HR-03 GT, and the HR-03 GTX. All work with their bracket.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMxWVgYRv-M

I'm actually installing the Spitfire I got in the mail earlier today once I get home from work. I'll report back with temps if you'd like.


Does that heat sink work with the GPU core AND memory chips? Or just the core?

If I bought a whole PC from an electronics store, and had them put it together, do you think I would void any warranty if I bought this thermalright spitfire online and then paid them to install it?
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June 20, 2010 2:30:55 AM

It looks like it's pretty heavy, will it bend the GPU or the motherboard? How much does this cooler cost, and where can I buy it?
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June 20, 2010 2:34:23 AM

ambam said:
Does that heat sink work with the GPU core AND memory chips? Or just the core?

If I bought a whole PC from an electronics store, and had them put it together, do you think I would void any warranty if I bought this thermalright spitfire online and then paid them to install it?


It cools just the core, but it comes with a bunch of of ramsinks.
I talked to them though, and they said they have a VRM sink coming out called the G2. =]
It's in that vid next to the spitfire.

Also, it comes with supports, so weight isnt an issue. You can position the heatsink either way too.
It costs 55-75$
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June 20, 2010 2:53:36 AM

redechelon said:
It cools just the core, but it comes with a bunch of of ramsinks.
I talked to them though, and they said they have a VRM sink coming out called the G2. =]
It's in that vid next to the spitfire.

Also, it comes with supports, so weight isnt an issue. You can position the heatsink either way too.
It costs 55-75$


Is it passive, or does it come with a fan?
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June 20, 2010 3:02:45 AM

ambam said:
Is it passive, or does it come with a fan?


Whichever you prefer, I think you can order a kit with the fan, but the price I listed doesnt come with one.

Any 120mm or 140mm fan works.
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