Originally Posted by shazza
I can't recall your temps, so maybe if you post them again ... ambient, idle, and under load, we can see how they compare.
Something like this all-in-one from Swiftech
could work with your case - for the CPU, not sure I'd try it on both the CPU and GPUs. But, to be honest, I'd try some other things first ... maybe changing out the HSF on the CPU, or putting better air/passive coolers on the video cards.
I was hoping you'd stop by.
Well Shaz, my CPU I think is fine honestly. I have never seen it, ever, go over 50 on load. All four cores idle around 40ish, and the actual CPU temp is around 35. These are in Celsius, of course.
It's the GPUs I'm concerned about. Right now, CPU one is idling at 62, the second one is at 57ish. At load, on Crysis, they are around 80ish, but not going much higher than that.
My problem is that the Blackbird has rention mounting brackets for the video cards, ergo most GPU passive coolers are too large for the brackets, see here:
And with the door open showing the brackets:
Door latch is attached to the metal of the brackets and isn't removable without losing the whole door, killing the purpose the tunnels.
Was considering DuOrbs, and though I don't like LEDs, I was going to get them anyway because of the review on them. However, I don't see how one is going to fit on the bottomside of my second card. Doesn't seem like much room for them due to the PSU, and even if it did fit where would all the hot air go?
I like the way the ThermalTake TideWater works, but I'd have to get two of them? Money isn't really the problem as space is. Granted I have nothing else filling my PCI slots with the exception of the two 8800GTs, but I do want to get a capture card some day to put in there as well.
HP tells me that stock GPU tunnel fan is to be at 100%. That... is a bit loud. I've knocked it down to 70% and that works for me, but of course doesn't cool as well now. However I have no doubt the passive coolers would suit me well due to the air in the tunnel, but they don't fit.
I'd honestly love to just use a program that bumps fan speeds up automatically on load, but higher than what they are now. I know RivaTuner does this, but despite my best efforts and following all the instructions, I still have both temps on one card, which means I can only control one temp.
I really just want cooler running cards while on load. Something that auto bumps the fans when it breaks a certain threshold, defined by me.
Oh, and HP won't sell me the liquid cooling set separately. Damn.