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Replacing GPU cooler with single 120mm fan

Lare111
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My Asus Dual GTX 1070 has always been loud and hot and replacing thermal paste didn't help. The only way to make this GPU quiet was underclocking and undervolting.

 

Now I had an idea to replace the stock cooler with case fan. I used a Nanoxia 120mm 1100 RPM fan and attached it with zipties. It didn't cover the whole heatsink so I didn't expect much.

 

I have to say that I'm amazed about results. Instead of sounding like a vacuum cleaner my 1070 is now almost silent and temperatures are also significantly lower. With stock fans I had 77C and 1700RPM in The Witcher 3 and now 71C and 1100RPM. It looks little ugly but it doesn't matter since my PC is very quiet now.

 

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Intel Core i7-11700F / MSI Mag B560 Torpedo / 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz CL15 / Asus RTX 3060 Ti Dual OC Edition @2070Mhz /  Kingston A2000 1TB / WD Blue SN550 1TB / Seasonic Core GM-650 / Meshify 2 Compact / Lenovo G27Q-20 

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Tell me about it, I wanted to replace my stock cooler on the i7 6700 but I'm  so lazy to... it annoys its bloody noisiness every time I start gaming though.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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1 minute ago, Princess Cadence said:

Tell me about it, I wanted to replace my stock cooler on the i7 6700 but I'm  so lazy to... it annoys its bloody noisiness every time I start gaming though.

I didn't even bother to use stock cooler with my CPU. With this SilentiumPC cooler CPU temperatures won't go over 50C even under 100% load and it's very quiet. Since I have a window on my side panel tower cooler also looks much better than stock cooler.

Intel Core i7-11700F / MSI Mag B560 Torpedo / 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz CL15 / Asus RTX 3060 Ti Dual OC Edition @2070Mhz /  Kingston A2000 1TB / WD Blue SN550 1TB / Seasonic Core GM-650 / Meshify 2 Compact / Lenovo G27Q-20 

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10 minutes ago, Lare111 said:

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Temperatures wise it hasn't been an issue, it sits no higher than 68C on full load so there's no throttling at all but yeah it's noise is so bad...

 

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But I'm too lazy to throw a 212 Evo on it.... besides my rig on its temporary state is quite messy, I hate my power supply cable madness.. while I totally wanted to already make things better I think I'll keep waiting for Ice Lake to change plenty of stuff at once, get a modular PSU and go unlocked processor this time... the stock cooler is sufficient until then but damn I wish Intel didn't make them so crappy.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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