Nvidia GTX 470 cooling options?

By Drexon ยท 6 replies
Aug 11, 2010
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  1. Hi all. I recently purchased Nvidia's GTX 470 to go with my new intel i7 920 processor, running with 6gb ddr3 on a 10k rpm velociraptor.

    I have been playing starcraft 2, and noticed that right when I get into gameplay the GPU temp jumps to 90+ celsius. The fan also reaches nearly 100% to keep the GPU cooled, which is fairly loud and annoying.

    For the experts out there, could you please recommend some cooling options for my GPU, and even my CPU?

    Any advice on the setup I put together, I havn't built a computer in a few years so I am a bit outdated on things.
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Your CPU and graphics card temp will be largely dictated by a couple of factors. Chassis layout/cooling and the power draw of the components.
    The GTX 470 is not a cool running card with stock cooling. You either look at an aftermarket air cooler like the Gelid Icy Spirit for example, or look at watercooling...which I'm guessing isn't an option since you are probably out of the loop (pun intended) concerning PC componentry, bearing in mind that every review of the GTX465./470/480 cards lists heat and noise generation as principle negative factors in the cards' ownership. Add in power consumption and that pretty much covers the negative aspects of these cards.
    As for CPU cooling, there are a number of options, that again include water cooling, all-in-one water cooling and air cooling. The latter will depend upon computer chassis width if you want to accomodate a tower cooler.
    You will need to post back with a few more pertinent details before any specific recommendations are posted.
    -Chassis manufacturer/model
    -Planning to overclock either/or/both CPU and graphics
    -Location/etail availability
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Aside from improving your cooling components, the lazy and cheap way to approach the issue is to underclock your graphics card as low as allowed by whatever software you'd like to use.
    I do this all the time ^^.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    Something I did to lower my temp on my vga is use a volt modder. It warns you that by increasing your voltage you can damage the card. No warning against lowering though but i guess that wouldnt make much sense. decreasing my voltage by .2 volts decreased my max temp by 7C at stock core/memory clock. I was still able to play the games I wanted to doing this.
  5. Drexon

    Drexon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    - Overcloking: Nope.
    - Budget: $150
    - Location: San Diego, CA

    -Chassis: Not at home right now to tell you but I bought it 6 years ago, it is pretty large if that helps at all.
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Chassis width is usually the determining factor. Distance (width) between the motherboard and chassis side is usually the main consideration when looking at tower CPU coolers. A cooler that supports one or more 120mm fans is usually 150-160mm "high", and while a lot of chassis are 200-220mm wide overall, the internal space will often preclude a taller cooler.
    If you aren't planning on overclocking then a cooler that supports a 92mm fan, such as this Noctua (also a very quiet cooler), a "top-down" cooler (which generally cools the RAM and chipset also at the expense of some CPU cooling ability) or an all-in-one water cooler such as this Corsair H50 .Most all-in-ones require that your chassis has a 120mm fan space at the rear or directly above the motherboard. Corsair have also just released a slightly better version (H70) which is significantly more expensive, and aimed at the overclocking crowd.
  7. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    If you haven't already, install a program, such as Evga's precision, and manually control the fan. For gaming I usually set the fan to 65% and it usually will keep the 470 pretty cool, without being too loud.

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