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Passive/Quieter Cooling XFX HD6870

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My XFX Radeon HD6870 sometimes wants to be loud, sometimes it's variable, sometimes I don't even notice it is there.

 

But the thing is, it does this throughout the day, when I may doing nothing other than surfing, watching a movie, etc. It doesn't need to be loud sometimes.

 

What I was thinking, is getting a passive cooler and call it a day. Although, there aren't that many options out there, that I can find.

 

I've been looking at this one: http://www.arctic.ac/us_en/products/cooling/vga/accelero-s1-plus.html

 

I know there are others, but I'm not aware of any others.

 

If you just say, can't you just quiet it with speedfan or like program, I'm on Linux Debian Wheezy. Believe me, I've tried everything.

 

I only play minecraft these days, may get into Steam later on, but I'm not into things like Battlefield or anything. Might just get a Steambox.

 

(that topic above is supposed to say 'quieter')

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Bump? 146 reads and no reply?

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sometime blowing out the card will allow for proper air flow which would then allow the fan to spin slower so you don't hear it.  I personally use a compressor, not compressed air cans which blow maybe 20psi out....I get about 120psi out of a pancake compressor. 

 

But if you wish to spend your money, sure go for it. 

 

And I edited your title for you ;)

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I just cleaned out my system a few days ago, that would not be an issue. The HD 6870 is known to be loud. Some may be loud, while others are not.

 

Oh, thanks for that edit. :)

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There's no option in your motherboard or video card drivers to control the GPU fan? I'm generally suspicious of passive coolers on GPUs, simply because GPUs are usually in sort of a dead zone in terms of case airflow.

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Motherboard? Nope. Driver? In Linux? Nope.

 

Unless I should just get 3rd party, quieter, fanned, heatsink? What you suggest, then?

 

I have used a Thermaltake DuoOrb on my old GTX card I got from a friend.

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Motherboard? Nope. Driver? In Linux? Nope.

 

Unless I should just get another, quieter, fanned, heatsink? What you suggest, then?

 

It's an AMD card, I know there are Linux drivers for it, and IIRC there are 3rd party ones that allow for fan control. But, if you want a hardware solution, and all you're playing is Minecraft, I'd say sell it and pick up a low powered card that is known to be very quiet.

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I am using proprietary drivers. Using fglrx drivers. There is nothing in CCC that says anything about fan control. Unless I am looking at the wrong thing?

 

If I do need a new card, it has to have 2 HDMI and/or DS ports. Both of my 2 monitors are HDMI only. I have currently 2 HDMI to DS adapters on it.

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I am using proprietary drivers. Using fglrx drivers. There is nothing in CCC that says anything about fan control. Unless I am looking at the wrong thing?

 

If I do need a new card, it has to have 2 HDMI and/or DS ports. Both of my 2 monitors are HDMI only. I have currently 2 HDMI to DS adapters on it.

 

It's under the overdrive settings, but those will only show up if your card supports it. I would think an XFX card would, but perhaps not. 

 

I believe even the lowest AMD cards these days come with 1 HDMI and 1 DS port.

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I previously had a HD5770, but I switched to the 6870 because it didn't give me enough umph. So you say a lower card would be better?

 

I think a 3rd party cooler would be better, and cheaper way to go.

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Do the third party cooler as long as you can find a well reviewed one.  The fans on the things just start to die at some point.  I need to do it to mine, but I'm not planning to use it again so not sure that'll actually happen.

 

That said, fan speed controls should be part of the drivers IIRC.

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Would you suggest this?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426026

 

I would really get a scythe Setsugen 2, but nowhere seems to have that. At a trusted site, I meant.

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I don't know that company.  You might want to check the reviews.

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I used to upgrade all of my Radeon cards with Zalman heatsinks which came with FAN controllers.

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You guys have any suggestions? I'm finding like nothing here...

 

The Zalman VF3000A looks good, but it is found nowhere.

 

The Scythe Setsugen 2 looks good, but again, I can't find it on any trusted site.

 

The Geil is the only thing I could fine that doesn't look like crap.

 

I never used Arctic Cooling VGA coolers. And there's nothing online that really says much about it.

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