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GPU,CPU cooling and temps.


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Ok first off, how do you check your GPU temps?? Id like to check the temps that way I can see if my gpu's are overheating and causing slowdown on graphics intensive games/applications. Also, whats the best way to cool the cards? I was looking on newegg at the water cooling stuff for GPU's, are those just add on pieces for an existing water cooling setup?
Also, I would like to cool my CPU better. As the ambient temp goes up so does my cpu temp, with the ambient temp at 70F the cpu idles at 45-46. Anyway, whats the best overall cooling setup? Should I go liquid or just get more air into the case? If you all could post some links as to what would be the best cooling options I have that would be awesome. BTW, as far as cooling goes money is of no concern, so any suggestion is appreciated.
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Edited by p-zero, 01 May 2006 - 09:48 AM.

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Ok first off, how do you check your GPU temps?? Id like to check the temps that way I can see if my gpu's are overheating and causing slowdown on graphics intensive games/applications. Also, whats the best way to cool the cards? I was looking on newegg at the water cooling stuff for GPU's, are those just add on pieces for an existing water cooling setup?
Also, I would like to cool my CPU better. As the ambient temp goes up so does my cpu temp, with the ambient temp at 70F the cpu idles at 45-46. Anyway, whats the best overall cooling setup? Should I go liquid or just get more air into the case? If you all could post some links as to what would be the best cooling options I have that would be awesome. BTW, as far as cooling goes money is of no concern, so any suggestion is appreciated.
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In display properties under the settings tab, go into advanced. Under your video card name look in the settings for temperature....
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Sweet thanx, but is there a program that will display the GPU temp readings on the desktop? I have a program that shows the mobo and cpu temps, fan rpm's, and vcore voltage. I was kinda lookin for a free utility that will do that.
Ant ideas as to cooling setups?
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Every piece of overclocking software ive used does it, i would reccomend ati tool(even though its ati it still should work) but rivatuner would probably be a safer bet it does temp monitoring as well, it monitors but it can record realtime and plot it on some nice graphs you can add and remove temp sensors it works for the whole system and can record any stats for you including voltages and clocks.

You will have bother cooling SLI cards, best thing might be to grab a couple of arctic coolers might be best zalman coolers are the best but they dont exhaust outside the case and the card on tops cooler would be affected by the bottom card.
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Thanx Scot, Im going to check those utilities out. Cooling these cards is going to be a pain. I still dont know if I should water cool, I keep reading about people having leaks and frying their systems. Man those [bleep] DX10 cards need to hurry up and get here.
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If you have the money you can fill a water cooling kit with non conducting coolant but its not cheap.

You could always seal up your case and fill it with motor oil its a cool project gotta vid of some german guy doing it and we had a discusion on it a while ago on here, quite a clever way to cool a system.

Edited by warriorscot, 02 May 2006 - 05:59 AM.

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Motor oil.....hmmmm.....Im an automotive technician by trade and the only thing that I could forsee being a problem with using oil is that once it gets hot it doesnt disapate heat very well. The non-conductive stuff sounds a lot better, plus theres an additive that they make for cars that increases the surface tension of water. Redline (comapny who makes it), claims that it has better thermal conductivity than water by itself or even water/antifreeze mix, something like 2.5 times better heat conductivity. Do you have a link to a complete water colling kit?
Anyway, maybe Ill just get a a/c system out of a Suzuki swift and modify it to fit....maybe an MGB one would be smaller, that would keep it ICE cold.... well pretty close anyway.
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It doesnt need to dissipate the heat very well because of the large quantity(and the heat dissipation isnt bad you can get differnet grades of oil for that you do get oil with good cooling properties) in the particualr experiment they used cooking oil which wasnt as good but it is clear which was why they used it, the system ran very well you should check out the vid very cool, im probably going to try it when i can get my hands on enough half decent spare parts. The cooling was very good die to the large volume of liquid the used the maths adds up at least.

Well i was helping pomp find some water cooling kits for the last couple of weeks, the best on the market that you can easly get hold of is an asetek kit, but you might have bother with water cooling with that vento of yours they arent mod friendly beasts which you need for the best kits as they use dual and triple radiators, the single fan radiators are still good. Youll have to check the asetek site for the list of US retailers though cause newegg or tigerdirect doesnt have a good selection you might need to check ut specialists.

The problem with something like an AC mod would be you might have condensation problems.
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Yeah I was thinkin the same thing with the a/c setups....drainage. Arg, but youre right about the vento, but then again I have no qualms about cutting into it, except for the exterior plastic, I going to drill out all of the fan access holes, maybe put a shroud in there to help direct the airflow better. thanx for the tip, Scot.
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