Very small update... well a downgrade, with the GTX1080 in the horizon, and a friend wanting a GTX980Ti i decided to part from one, and also in my usual games like LOL and D3 the noise was fine, much better than the Asus GTX970 Strix, but playing more demanding games started to get noisy, so SLI wasnt cutting it, so i took the first chance i had to lose $100 on one of the cards and go back to quiet gaming. In the change i decided that i had space for the all mighty and considered by many to be the best GPU cooler of all time, the Prolimatech MK26.
Dissembling the MSI GTX980Ti, is fairly easy, you simply remove 4 screws on the back and the cooler comes off, you can see in the picture there is no need to remove the frontal nor the back plate, the MK26 fits with it making it much eaiser and safer since you use the the same cooling to keep the VRM and memory cooling.
Some more pics into how massive is the MK26 compared to the Twin Frozr IV.
I ran some test with FanXpert3 on MSI Twin Frozr cooler and on the prolimatech ultra sleek vortex 14 fans,
Sadly i couldn't do the upgrade during the day to get better pictures, but here are some already put in the FT05,
Now to the performance, I ran Unheaven 4.0 before upgrading it and then i ran the same benchmark with the upgrade, both on 30C ambient.
Overall its an upgrade, 5C cooler and much quieter, the Prolimatech fans at 1k rpms are very quiet compared to the MSI at 2k rpms, that said, i did expected to run cooler, but i also heard in the past that MK26 isnt that good on the vertical orientation of the FT05. Im also glad to report that the current cards can be controlled fine with vbios, in the past i had issues with Accelero III and somewhat fixed on IV but not fully, i attributed it to something was different on the PWM design of the vbios of the video card, but this gen works pretty well, the MSI card can run fine the prolimatech fans in their full range without any issues. Weather its a worth upgrade its up to each person, for me it was in terms of a quieter setup, that said i expected to run cooler for its size and price.