Insane Radeon 9800 Pro cooling

By acidosmosis
Jul 25, 2003
  1. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    ok..thats ALOT of cooling
    it looks to me like there is no fan in that atall - perhaps it was build for a totally silent machine? but then again - water cooled graphics cards are silent....
    it might just be built for insane clock speeds


    EDIT - *confesses complete stupidity* i didnt make the connection between the huge zalman fan and the graphics card! i thought it was part of the case it was displayed still might be for silent or near silent running.....maybe...perhaps....or not
  2. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    LOL. I was about to type back "it's right there man!" ;-)
  3. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    About the pci issue... actually I think it's going to help cool down any other components you put in the 2 or 3 !!! first pci slots. the only problem you can encounter is if one of that cards is wider thean the radeon9800 card, then it won't fit with that big fan.
  4. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    Well with the Zalman cooler that would be in the way of at least one PCI slot. I am guessing possibly two considering how large the heatsink is. The fan doesn't seem as though it would be in the way due to it being higher than the top of the video card, although you never know it may get in the way of something else in the case.
  5. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    My biggest worry would be how heavy it is. The saphire atlantis 9800 ultra uses the same heatsink, but without the fan and it's quite heavy
  6. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    That's overexagerated. Where are they thinking of taking it? To the sun? You can get better cooling with water cooling.
  7. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    That isn't the point Xtr-X. Also water cooling is very expensive. Are you going to spend $400+ on a video card and water cool it which is very expensive? Or use a heatsink and fan with great results. Also if this is overkill then water killing is far beyond overkill.
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Its a regular cooler, that even comes with as said above. That person has slapped on a 80mm fan (screwed into the heatsink)..I dunno about the fan helping, but the retail heatsink does no better then the usual active air cooling.
  9. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    This is mad though...what a massive cooler, I hope it really does its job well.
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Yes it is, it is overexagerated. It's heavy as hell, takes up about 3 PCI slots or more! If you don't think that's overexagerated, why would anyone want to do something as insane as that? For props sure... but decent airflow in the case would replace that fan on the vid card.

    Or where the heck are they? The tropics?
  11. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    Actually that's just the new version of the Zalman Heatpipe VC cooler, it comes with the fan stock :D .
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I don't see how the fan would prevent using PCI cards there - the cards are usually smaller or the same height as that AGP card, so it would just cool them too.
  13. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    Yea as I said the fan isn't going to get in the way of any PCI cards, but the heatsink indeed will. If you guys notice the fan is on top of the video card therefore it wouldnt touch any other PCI cards because obviously the AGP card is no lower than PCI cards.
  14. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Actually, there are a few exceptions but that is true. The AGP card usually comes out more.

    At least not for me, my Audigy 2 Plat comes out longer than my vid card in both directions. I always try to put video and sound next to eachother. They are one PCI slot seperated, to give the AGP room to breathe.
  15. Dantrag

    Dantrag TS Enthusiast Posts: 135

    i've got 3 pci slots between my sound card and vid.card more room to breathe :D
  16. Butterball

    Butterball TS Rookie Posts: 75

    generaly one is plenty, if at all possible make sure you do have that one spot though, most mobos share the first PCI and AGP slot, so if you use one, the other has issues, it may work, may not, may have issues, just something to watch for.

    also, about the water cooling, if you are already spending $400 on a vid card, and have a h2o setup, it costs maybe $30-40 to add it (realy nice waterbock). and if you dont, well you can get a pretty decent kit for about $150 ( is good for a starter)
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