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January 20, 2011 3:44:22 PM

I hooked up a Arctic accelero cooler on my Graphics card: http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3836/rimg0099s.jpg
but now where Do I connect the power cord, I know there is a slot on the card, And i see that, but i cant make it fit now that the card is already attatched, si is there a slot on the motherboard I can connect it?

My Motherboard: http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/503/rimg0098x.jpg

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January 20, 2011 4:25:46 PM

wiinippongamer said:
That is the power supply 8-pin PCIE connector, any decent modern PSU comes with at least one, If yours didn't you can buy a molex adapter.

This is what you'd need:

One of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and one of these: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

ALL PSUs come with molex connectors.



no i mean the power connector on the VGA cooler look here it is: http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3836/rimg0099s.jpg
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January 20, 2011 4:48:06 PM

yutubemedia said:
no i mean the power connector on the VGA cooler look here it is: http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3836/rimg0099s.jpg


That is usually plugged into the card where you disconnected the fan on the old cooler - but usually needs to be plugged in before the cooler is attached so you may need to start over in order to be able to access the plug.
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January 20, 2011 4:49:22 PM

JDFan said:
That is usually plugged into the card where you disconnected the fan on the old cooler - but usually needs to be plugged in before the cooler is attached so you may need to start over in order to be able to access the plug.



okay so i plugged it in, i got it in, now is my card ready to be connected? Is it all good to go?

tahnks
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January 20, 2011 4:56:07 PM

It should be good to go unless you've messed up or scratched the die when mounting the cooler.
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January 20, 2011 5:04:53 PM

wiinippongamer said:
It should be good to go unless you've messed up or scratched the die when mounting the cooler.



im so scared, here it goes
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January 20, 2011 5:08:18 PM

wiinippongamer said:
It should be good to go unless you've messed up or scratched the die when mounting the cooler.



hopefully the VGA cooler is not to heavy for the motherboard to support? Because only the chip that you insert into the PCI slot is supporting it, youu know...oh well
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January 20, 2011 5:14:35 PM

Just hold it properly with some screws on the pci bays at the back of the case, or whatever mounting system your case has. Leaving it without additional support except the slot on the motherboard will damage in the log run.
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January 20, 2011 5:24:06 PM

wiinippongamer said:
Just hold it properly with some screws on the pci bays at the back of the case, or whatever mounting system your case has. Leaving it without additional support except the slot on the motherboard will damage in the log run.



okay i will do that, but one more question, the card is slightly touching the SATA ports, is that okay?

IMAGE: http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6928/rimg0102q.jpg
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January 20, 2011 5:39:02 PM

Yea don't worry about that, it'll just be harder to reach those ports, common design flaw on motherboards.
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January 20, 2011 5:39:26 PM

Shouldn't be a problem electrically... Might make the SATA ports hard to access.
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January 20, 2011 6:30:31 PM

wiinippongamer said:
Yea don't worry about that, it'll just be harder to reach those ports, common design flaw on motherboards.




Okay, So I hooked it up and its working, but, the temps are not anything better, in fact they are hotter. Heres the original before temps with stock cooling: http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/9788/gpucputemps.png

And heres the new temps with the Arctic cooler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mBnR2NJ4po

Now the thing is, there are two different Temperatures listed in the video, which one do i go off of?
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January 20, 2011 6:35:53 PM

HWmonitor should detect the 5870 as a whole with just one solid temperature and nothing else, or at least that's how it does it with my 5850.

Use the same software as the first pic for a better comparison.


T any case load temperatures is where the real difference will be noticed, doesn't matter if at idle is about the same, and give the thermal paste some time to cure and it'll drop another 4-5c.
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January 20, 2011 6:38:53 PM

wiinippongamer said:
HWmonitor should detect the 5870 as a whole with just one solid temperature and nothing else, or at least that's how it does it with my 5850.

Use the same software as the first pic for a better comparison.


okay so heres using teh same software, And it is 2 degrees cooler, but thats not like much at all. I did noticed though it says only 800RPM, while the image of the stock cooling pics is 1100RPM maby thats why? http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/2349/rimg0106.jpg

If that is why, IF, can i manually increase the fan speed with software?
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January 20, 2011 6:44:17 PM

Turning up the fan would be unnecessary at idle as temps are pretty low already, fire up the games and you'll notice the real difference.
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January 20, 2011 6:46:31 PM

Also - the temps will vary depending on the ambient temp (room temp) and the fan speed etc. -- to really get an idea if the new cooler is running better you'd need to check the temp under full usage (running a benchmark of some sort that runs the card at full usage) and run both the before and after using the same program under the same room temp. to get an idea of the actual difference.

The idle temps are not going to change much since there is not much heat to remove so even a stock cooler with low fan speed can handle that -- the difference will be under stress when there is more heat to get rid of and whether the new heatsink can remove it better keeping it cooler when running games etc. instead of having it build up.
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