Should I mod my 9700Pro?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by stuy_b, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Hi,

    Well I've had my Radeon 9700 Pro for nearly a month now, and I love it dearly, but also wanna give it a long life.

    Ive read many reviews including overclocking tips, and I might overclock BUT NOT TODAY, as its way fast enough as it is.

    My real question is should I mod the 9700 with some TIN plated BGA ramsinks and a Crystal Orb or is there better cooling options?

    I've touched the card after heavy use, and it does get hot, I can feel the heat being blown away by the default fan.

    Hope you can give me some ideas.

    Cheers
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    my 9700pro is modded...

    on the metal clip on the reverse of the card... its supposed to be an extended wrap-around heatsink thinger :)

    I have attached a nice copper thermaltake passive cooler on that..

    and I have attached 8 bga ramsinks on each one of my exposed memory modules much like you are planning to do..

    now remember the heat generated is not that much... I can oc my card out of the box to 380-ish / 365-ish straight up...

    I took it past 400/380 after the ramsinks and passsive copper cooler were attached...

    this card is highly oc'able though I don't need to do that..

    I might bench it later but am happy for now...

    as for the crystal orb? I dunno m8... the default cooler from ati is very good actually...

    I have seen someone mod a 80mm fan... something like a slimmed donw volcano 9 onto his pcb... but that required drilling and stuff and it is heavy... :) you decide if you want to do that...
     
  3. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    Cheers Sazar, you know the score :)

    Im gonna leave my card unmodded I reckon, for now, maybe I'll get me some of those ramsinks, but as you say the default cooler is doing a damn fine job as it is.

    Thanks again Sazar :)
     
  4. IClimb

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    What do you use to overclock the card? Powerstrip? I tried another app, and bingo, I saw unrendered polygons comming up all over even though I had just pushed it up by about 10 Mhz on the core speed and mem speed.
     
  5. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I used either rage3d or radeonator... both are equally good..

    remember not all cards oc the same... some may not... others may scale ridiculously... it is not an art :) more trail and error and luck than anything else...