Radeon R9600 XT - better cooling

Discussion in 'Overclocking, Cooling & Modding' started by trodas, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. trodas

    trodas Newbie

    I bought the nice Thermalright HR-03 Rev. A cooler, because this older suxxka support 2 holes GFX cards, like most of the old AGP ones are. As well, as the Radeon R9600 XT from HIS.

    I wanted serious, but quiet cooling, so I also wanted to stick a 120mm Noiseblocker 1000 RPM fan, but the clips supported only 92mm fans. I was considering many possibilities, but when I get the Noctual NH-C14S cooler for my experiements, there are clips for second 140mm fan, witch are just great to use... and I get THIS idea:

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    And it worked! Easy to install, possible to remove (replace fan, for example for something powerfull, when need maximum cooling for overclocking) the fan and it looks reasonably as well.

    A "bit" costy clips, but they do the job more that well. Another material was used from older Thermalright clips that I have plenty of spare ones from old Socket A coolers. Quality steel, hard to cut, but easy to work with.

    The only problem I have is, that I did not believe that the contact on the die is as good, as it can be. That is because the die protection rubber, that I stick on the GPU naked small core, is IMHO too high. When I pressed on the heatsink against the core as hard, as I can, I get only a very tiny track of the core on the cooler, so I probably need to take a sand paper and shave the rubber a little down, that the contact is good.

    Temperature in iddle after power-on is 29.5°C, under load it go to 43, 44.5°C with is IMHO proving my point about bad contact. R9600 XT cannot run that hot with THAT overkill cooler.
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Wow! That's a huge cooler for this classic graphics card! :thumb:
  3. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Yup. I'm just surprised this card is still running. :mrgreen:

    It's what... 12 years old? :mrgreen:
  5. trodas

    trodas Newbie

    Adrian Wong -
    Yep, and I'm still not satisfacted with the temps. The rubber shim that was supplied with the Thermalright HR-03 Rev. A had to be cut on the left side (looking from the AGP connector up on the card), because there are components (little SMD caps/resistors) that prevent it's install anyway:
    ATI Radeon 9600 XT | techPowerUp GPU Database

    And despite the pale 22W TDP the card does heat up pretty much. Time to sandpaper "lapping" on the rubber shim to make it thinner, hence get good contact with the die.

    Chai -
    Wow, that is... cool :) But it make me angry, because I was trying to get hold of the the Thermalright SI-97A, but I cannot find it anywhere and no request for buy was ever worked for me yet:
    PCTuning • PÅ™ihlášení
    ExtraHardware.cz • Prohlížení inzerátu
    K: Thermalright SI-97A - PC-HELP.CZ
    Thermalright SI-97A
    SPCR • View topic - Socket A CPU top-down heatsink
    Socket A CPU top-down heatsink
    Overclockers Australia Forums

    Or at least get the K7 brackets:
    Overclockers Australia Forums

    But nothing. So seeing wasting a Thermalright (yes, not the "A" revision, but still) was a bit sad experience. But thx for the link! Thermalright HR-03 Rev. A I still can buy and I can use it with 120mm fan. That beat out everything else :)

    Adrian Wong -
    Not THAT old, but yes, pretty much very old. I'm surprised too, that it works. It have all bad caps on her and they need to be replaced for quality polymers! :D Then overclocking could resume... ;) But first the cooling... :mrgreen:
  6. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I didn't know HR-03 was a VGA cooler. Did you know that Max_87's idea was inspired by Thermalright, and they created this? :haha:

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