I've got a GTX 470 that I just tore apart last night to put some better thermal compound on. I had very little AS5 left, so I used some Antec Silver stuff I had left over from another build. Anyhow, there's a fairly good size heatsink inside this thing. But we all know air throughput is really where the weakness lies.
I've searched Google and frankly I'm just not coming up with a replacement cooling system. Has anyone seen anything designed for the Reference 470 cards?
MSI N470GTX M2D12 B
And no, I'm not interesting in some funky rubber banded on 80/90mm case fans strapped to my video card. LOL I want something solid. Also, I do not have a liquid cooling system either, so a water cooling option isn't going to work either.
I don't know that if you are willing go water but that is a option and there are blocks that are ready for the GTX 470 and the GTX 465. As for air I know of one high end cooler that is much larger than the stock cooler but they might be rare.
Moral of the story - Buy a Zotac Amp Edition! or get the VF3000F. LOL MUCH better cooling than a stock or Gelid ICY Vision.
Now we just have to see when/where the VF3000F will be sold, and for how much. If that YouTube video is to be trusted, that cooler is exactly what I want. Here's to hoping it's not super spendy. Also I wonder if I can still fit my GTX 260 in beside it for PhysX if I went this route.
NewEgg.com has the VF3000A ($38 for 5850/5870) and VF3000N ($55 for GTX260, GTX275, GTX285)
The difference between the Gelid and the Zalman in that YouTube video is plenty enough to make me wanna wait. It would certainly be nice to see other, perhaps more professional, reviews of course. But it looked like the Zalman VF3000F hands down blew away the Gelid ICY.