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Upgrading 1080Ti cooling

So um basically i am very disappointed in the cooling performance of my Zotac 1080Ti Amp Edition. It goes to 88C and starts downclocking and thermal throttling. I tried my friends waterforce 1080ti (50C max temps) on my system and i easily saw a 10fps increase on Assetto Corsa Competizione 3440x1440 VR Epic settings.

 

So I had the idea to buy a Kraken G12 and a compatible CPU cooler, both used. I'm trying to make this as economically pragmatic as possible. So please advice me out of these options:

 

Kraken G12 25USD + Antec Kuhler H20 620 18USD = 43USD

Kraken G12 25USD + Thermaltake Water 3.0 120 Riing 33USD = 58USD

ID-cooling Frostflow 120VGA 60USD (NEW) (I have the related ID-cooling Frostflow 120 on my CPU and i get 35-50C loads in ACC) = 60USD

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Backup Rig: CPU Intel Xeon X3470 (4Ghz @ 1.4v) / MOBO MSI P55-GD80 / RAM 16GB HyperX 1600Mhz / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 120 / GPU Sapphire R9 270X (+150 core + 200 memory) / CASE Cooler Master Elite 343 SSD Crucial MX150 250GB / PSU Seasonic SS430-GB / KEYBOARD Logitech G910 Orion Spark / MOUSE Logitech / DISPLAY Dell SE2417HGR / OS Windows 10 Pro / WIRELESS ADAPTER

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If the card is used then a good start would be replacing the thermal paste and the thermal pads to see if the performance improves

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The cooling of my KFA 1080Ti EXOC is similar to your Zotac and with simple fan curve adjustment it's able keeps the GPU below 75­°C in 95% percent of games and apps, while overclocked to 2GHz core and 13GHz memory (stock voltage). Your problem could be poor case air-flow or uneven thermal paste contact.

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Guys I’m pretty dead set on the liquid cooling option. Both of my previous graphics cards were liquid cooled and I just want to get back to that. Of course when I get the new cooling system, I would do the thermal paste stuff.

Main Rig: CPU Intel Xeon X5660 (4.55Ghz @ 1.45v) / MOBO Asus ROG Rampage III Extreme / RAM 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX1866 MHz / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 240 / GPU EVGA Titan X Hybrid (+630 core + 400 memory) / CASE Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced + transparent side panel / SSD Crucial M550 512GB / PSU Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W / DISPLAY 1440p monitor / KEYBOARD Topre Realforce RGB / MOUSE Corsair Glaive Aluminum RGB / SOUND Creative Labs. X-Fi SoundBlaster Elite Pro / ROUTER Netgear R9000 X10 Wireless ad / OS Windows 10 Pro / DRIVING WHEEL Logitech G27
 
Web Server Rig: CPU 2x Intel Xeon X5680 / MOBO Supermicro X8DTL-i / RAM 64GB (2X32GB) SK-Hynix ECC LRDIMMs / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 120 + Corsair H50 AIO / GPU MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X (+250core +300 memory) / CASE NZXT Lexa S / SSD Kingston 120GB / HDD 4 x 3TB WD RAID 6 / PSU Enermax MaxRevo 1500W / DISPLAY 900p monitor / KEYBOARD Logitech / MOUSE Logitech
 
Actually Portable Laptop: HP Spectre x360 15' (Late 2018) / i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GTX 1050Ti MaxQ, 4K Display / KEYBOARD Ducky One 2 Mini / OS Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon / WIRELESS ADAPTER NETGEAR A6210 USB 3.0
 
Bed Laptop: ASUS VIVOBOOK 15 / i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 1TB Toshiba HDD, UHD 630, 1080P Display / OS Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon

 

Backup Rig: CPU Intel Xeon X3470 (4Ghz @ 1.4v) / MOBO MSI P55-GD80 / RAM 16GB HyperX 1600Mhz / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 120 / GPU Sapphire R9 270X (+150 core + 200 memory) / CASE Cooler Master Elite 343 SSD Crucial MX150 250GB / PSU Seasonic SS430-GB / KEYBOARD Logitech G910 Orion Spark / MOUSE Logitech / DISPLAY Dell SE2417HGR / OS Windows 10 Pro / WIRELESS ADAPTER

TP-LINK Archer T6E PCI-E

 

Server 1: DELL POWEREDGE 1950 / 2x Intel Xeon E5450, 16GB ECC, 4x 3TB Western Digital (Various) 7200RPM SATA HDD in RAID 6, GT 640 / DISPLAY Lenovo L2251p

 

Server 2: DELL POWEREDGE 1950 / 2x Intel Xeon E5420, 8GB ECC, 2 x 160GB SAS, GT 210

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41 minutes ago, Aggravated Salmon said:

Guys I’m pretty dead set on the liquid cooling option. Both of my previous graphics cards were liquid cooled and I just want to get back to that. Of course when I get the new cooling system, I would do the thermal paste stuff.

Then what is the question? You have the parts in mind and you are set. Just do it.

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6 hours ago, Blue4130 said:

Then what is the question? You have the parts in mind and you are set. Just do it.

Which of the 3 options should I go for?

Main Rig: CPU Intel Xeon X5660 (4.55Ghz @ 1.45v) / MOBO Asus ROG Rampage III Extreme / RAM 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX1866 MHz / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 240 / GPU EVGA Titan X Hybrid (+630 core + 400 memory) / CASE Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced + transparent side panel / SSD Crucial M550 512GB / PSU Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W / DISPLAY 1440p monitor / KEYBOARD Topre Realforce RGB / MOUSE Corsair Glaive Aluminum RGB / SOUND Creative Labs. X-Fi SoundBlaster Elite Pro / ROUTER Netgear R9000 X10 Wireless ad / OS Windows 10 Pro / DRIVING WHEEL Logitech G27
 
Web Server Rig: CPU 2x Intel Xeon X5680 / MOBO Supermicro X8DTL-i / RAM 64GB (2X32GB) SK-Hynix ECC LRDIMMs / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 120 + Corsair H50 AIO / GPU MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X (+250core +300 memory) / CASE NZXT Lexa S / SSD Kingston 120GB / HDD 4 x 3TB WD RAID 6 / PSU Enermax MaxRevo 1500W / DISPLAY 900p monitor / KEYBOARD Logitech / MOUSE Logitech
 
Actually Portable Laptop: HP Spectre x360 15' (Late 2018) / i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GTX 1050Ti MaxQ, 4K Display / KEYBOARD Ducky One 2 Mini / OS Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon / WIRELESS ADAPTER NETGEAR A6210 USB 3.0
 
Bed Laptop: ASUS VIVOBOOK 15 / i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 1TB Toshiba HDD, UHD 630, 1080P Display / OS Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon

 

Backup Rig: CPU Intel Xeon X3470 (4Ghz @ 1.4v) / MOBO MSI P55-GD80 / RAM 16GB HyperX 1600Mhz / CPU COOLER ID-COOLING Frostflow+ 120 / GPU Sapphire R9 270X (+150 core + 200 memory) / CASE Cooler Master Elite 343 SSD Crucial MX150 250GB / PSU Seasonic SS430-GB / KEYBOARD Logitech G910 Orion Spark / MOUSE Logitech / DISPLAY Dell SE2417HGR / OS Windows 10 Pro / WIRELESS ADAPTER

TP-LINK Archer T6E PCI-E

 

Server 1: DELL POWEREDGE 1950 / 2x Intel Xeon E5450, 16GB ECC, 4x 3TB Western Digital (Various) 7200RPM SATA HDD in RAID 6, GT 640 / DISPLAY Lenovo L2251p

 

Server 2: DELL POWEREDGE 1950 / 2x Intel Xeon E5420, 8GB ECC, 2 x 160GB SAS, GT 210

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