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 Post subject: Quieting the XFX 6600GT AGP - Phase 1
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:06 am 
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I have been enjoying this card but the small gnome running a vacuum cleaner in my system has been annoying. I was inspired by this post and until there is a good passive system dedicated to the 6600GT AGP I went with the following low-cost upgrade:

Stock heatsink removed and GPU thermal paste cleaned. Note the flexible pad around the core.
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Horrible machineing marks on both sides of the copper slug between the core and HS. The slug is attached to the HS with a lot of thermal paste. Note the 4 circular pads that seperate the HS from the card.
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A tiny screwdriver is required to remove 4 screws in the top plate and 3 fan screws. These are tight but do not seem to use any loctite. Be careful not to strip them!

I polished both sides of the copper slug with 220, 320, 400, and finally 600 grit sandpaper for auto refinishing. Not a perfect job but MUCH better than the craters it shipped with.
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Installed. I used AS Ceramique for the core-slug interface and some generic paste for the slug-heatsink interface.
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I am using a Nexus 120mm as a temporary fan. Idle temp is up slightly to 51C and under HL2 load the temp goes up to about 75C.
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Much, much quieter - of course now I can hear the hard disks ....

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:09 am 
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Loctite on heatsink screws? Now that would be evil...

Anywho, great mod! What size fan is in the cooler, anyway?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:15 am 
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Thanks.

The fan is about 48mm diameter. Its a screamer. I considered mounting a better fan to the heatsink but it seems stable with passive cooling from the case fans.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:22 am 
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In other words, no fan-swapping to keep it a single-slot cooler. Ah well.


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Actually, Tyrdium, with the 120mm fan on the outside edge of the case, no other slots are blocked, so it is a 1-slot cooler, kind of. That's better than my solution (the thread destroid linked to in his first post), which gobbles up two PCI slots and probably wants a third.

destroid, how fast is that Nexus fan running? My setup doesn't seem to be 100% stable with the 80mm fan at 5V (it seems to artifact after a couple hours of play), but it looks like your setup gives the heatsink even less air, since it doesn't blow directly onto the card. If so, that would suggest re-mounting and re-finishing the heatsink aids cooling a great deal.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 3:37 pm 
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Heh, true. I was thinking for a Shuttle case, though, where there isn't room for a 120 mm (let alone a 80 mm) fan.


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I'm running the Nexus 120mm at the stock 12V. Speed is 1110RPM.

I have had no stability problems and have been playing HL2:DM for a couple hours straight. The GPU reports 75C and the AMD64 3200++ with XP120 cooler reports 46C.


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 Post subject: Quieting the XFX 6600GT AGP - Phase 1
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:49 am 
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Hi!
Im thinking about buying an XFX 6600GT AGP because of the dual-dvi
but the loudness scares me.
How about this fan?
Arctic cooling NV Silencer 5

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=40
Anyone tried it?
It dont look so impressing but maybe do the job?

Solve


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