I just got the Tyan Tachyon G9800 PRO-M, which is the coolest video card on the planet, and no one else seems to realize it. It has fan speed monitoring AND control, huge heat sinks, and tons of temp probes all over.
However, I've noticed that with the fan in a silent mode, around 3500rpm, it can't cool it effectively during serious usage, and so the fan automatically kicks itself up to full speed. Unfortunately, full speed sounds like a jet taking off inside my case, so thats not good. Well, I noticed that the fan only kicks up the speed when it gets above 60 degrees C and it stays around 59 all the time.
So, the fan kicks up the speed every so often and I have to manually turn it back down. Well, I looked at my zalman vga cooler I have and considered installing that, but it's such a hassle. Then I figured out that all I have to do is copy the zalman concept, which is just a huge heatsink and a weak fan blowing across it. thus, I ended up with the following...
That's an L1A cooling it, very nearly silently. I need some way to mount that fan right there in front of the video card. It keeps it a good 5-10 degrees cooler and it's basically silent. I don't want to put a fan in my case window, I'm thinking more like making some sort of bracket. Any ideas, or has anyone else seen this or done this? Sorry for such a long post.