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    Quietest Cooling...

    Does anybody have any experience with either the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencers or the Zalman VF700 ?

    I'm trying to get my GeForce 5800 Ultra to shut the hell up and these two will apparently fit it. I'd be grateful if anyone could let me know what sort of noise levels these two types operate at and how effective they are?

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    They are the only manufacturers of gpu air coolers worth considering atm.

    The first artic cooling ones are silent,. dunno about all the new models. They seem to work well for an air cooler.. nowhere near watercooling though..

    The zalman looks like there first attempt at a proper gpu cooler.. anyway should be decent.. go for the copper version..

    Not sure what to recommend.. id say the ACS..

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    I agree, i have one of the first arctic cooling silencers and it is very quite. Barely audible.

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    The passive Zalman coolers are great and very quiet. Haven't tried the new ones. The Zalman fanless watercooling systems are pretty good also. Very quiet and much better than air. Water's a bit of a pain in the arse compared to air but it's not as bad as you might think.

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    Its more the cost that bothers me ! lol

    Both of these go for about £20 plus postage.

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    They sell the Zalman passive VGA coolers at the PC World componenet shop site. I don't know if they have them in stores or not, perhaps you could ring and ask them but it'd save you on P&P and at least it's nearby if it's no good.

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    i read a post where someone compared the two and found the new zalman to be both quieter and cooler.

    the arctic cooler does exhaust the warm air out the back though (assuming your card doesnt have a double back plate), which might be a consideration.

    also bear in mind that both are likely to be inaudible above the noise of an average cpu, psu, case cooling setup.

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    Zalman passive VGA coolers are crap. Not good enough for recent cards.
    Try and use one and itll probably be running at 90c or higher, and you wont be able to overclock atall...

    The new ones look like they would be ok.. butI think the new ACS would perform better and the niose difference would be very little...

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    my arctic cooler is the loudest thing my system at the moment.
    so i dont think they are as silent as most ppl say they are.

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    [QUOTE=Lu-tze]

    the arctic cooler does exhaust the warm air out the back though (assuming your card doesnt have a double back plate), which might be a consideration.

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    By double back plate do you mean it takes two slots already ? My 5800 Ultra does, but according to the Arctic Cooling website its still compatible
    Last edited by RetroFunk; 13-02-2005 at 11:40 PM.

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    The arctic cooler in my PC is pretty quiet, it is on my ATI 9800SE AIW (softmodded and o/c to 9800 pro levels ) and it is alot quieter than the stock and took my case temps down a fair notch.

    My system is pretty quiet, the case fans, psu and hsf are all 'quiet models' (silentX, Akasa amber series, etc) but the arctic cooler I cant really hear, all I can detect is the 'wooshing' of the air, rather than fan noise.

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    When I had one in my system it was easily the loudest thing and very annoying. I guess it depends on your view of quiet. I'd go the Zalman route.

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