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Want to add a watercooling unit to my gpu - a 460, how ? what to buy ?

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January 29, 2012 2:46:05 PM

Okay , I am only doing this for reasons of sound. It laready has a great heater.

What can I buy ?

I just don't know where to look.

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a c 302 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 3:32:13 PM

Remember that water cooling is really air cooling; it is just a matter of where the device to air heat transfer actually takes place. A fan will still need to spin up to exchange the heat somewhere.

Is the noise issue at idle, or under load?

I am certain you can find a water block, radiator, pump, etc for your GTX460. But, it will cost you a bunch.

Instead, consider other alternatives:

1) Is your case cooling good? A hot case will cause a graphics card to run hotter and get noisy.

2) Can you set a lower fan profile for your card?

3) Would a newer gen card be better for you? Perhaps a stronger one that will not have to work so hard.

4) We will soon see the 28nm graphics cards. They will run cooler, and therefore quieter.

5) Would a quieter case do the job, perhaps some sound insulation?

6) You might want to call frozencpu, and ask what products they recommend for your card:
http://www.frozencpu.com/index.html
January 29, 2012 3:38:13 PM

thank you.

will the 28nm cards ALL be more powerful than the previous ranges ?

Nvidia sometimes just rebrand cards.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 3:51:30 PM

tracker45 said:
thank you.

will the 28nm cards ALL be more powerful than the previous ranges ?

Nvidia sometimes just rebrand cards.


This is true, sometimes both AMD and Nvidia rebrand some cards, but even when they do they often come with some tweaks.

In this case however the next generation cards from Nvidia are getting a shrink to 28nm, (400 series is 40nm) as well as using the new Kepler architecture. (400/500 series uses Fermi)

These cards will run much cooler due to the die shrink as well has bringing a performance boost across the board.
a c 302 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 4:22:56 PM

tracker45 said:
thank you.

will the 28nm cards ALL be more powerful than the previous ranges ?

Nvidia sometimes just rebrand cards.


No.

28nm is a great advantage to graphics card producers. You can get twice as many circuits on the same size wafer with 28nm vs 40nm. That translates into a important cost savings.
Will you see some of that? Probably not. Cards will be sold at what the market will bear at every price point.

At the high end, which we will see first(like the 7970 now, and kepler in april) 28nm will also lower the power requirement which is currently a big problem. You just don't really want to go past needing two 8 pin pci-e connectors. That will raise the top end performance bar, and will enable the vendors to market upgrades to the price insensitive bleeding edge market.

Eventually, though, expect most production of more modest cards to switch over because of cost savings. At that time, expect to get more for your money at every price point.

Expect some confusing number labels. You might expect a 6950 to be stronger than a 5870, but they perform the same. You might expect a GTX570 to be stronger than a GTX285, when they are comparable. For marketing purposes, expect everything to be a 7xxx series, and perhaps higher. For those who know, you can determine the capabilities of the new cards compared to the old via benchmarks and reviews.

And, if you know, you will get fair value at every price point.
January 29, 2012 4:41:57 PM

Okay, so what will the budget market look like

ati dominate it with the 5670 and 6670,

nvidia have pretty much nothing at budget price, maybe the 450 or 440,

If nvidia's lowest price budget card performed like a 450,
would that destroy the market ??
a c 302 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 4:59:30 PM

Prices for new retail products will not change much. You will probably get a modest boost, like 10% for the same dollar.

It is the used market where the prices will drop to the new price performance curve.

Older products tend to stay high at retail to satisfy the cf/sli upgrade market where buyers must buy the same older technology and have nowhere else to go.
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