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Old Jan 20, 2003, 02:11 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Hmmm! Should I replace the cooler on my Radeon 8500?!

I picked a Radeon 8500 64MB retail card. I put ram sinks on it and got it at 285/300 stable.

But the Core heatsink barely gets warm. I thought instead of buying a new cooler for it, I could just use some Arctic Silver Epoxy instead of the old yellow crap they had put on it.

You people think I could get to 300/300? If I replaced the regular stock cooler with some Arctic Silver Epoxy?

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Old Jan 20, 2003, 06:04 PM   #2
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It might help some.. but you are pretty close to pushing the limits on that card. I would suggest save the money that you would use for a fan and save up a little and pick yourself up a new gen card. Possibly a 9500 pro. To be honest I use artic silver on everything and it's not a miracle cure all. Although it does help some.
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Old Jan 20, 2003, 06:06 PM   #3
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yeah, your right. I plan on picking up a readon 9500 soon anyway. I just figured I'd do whatever left I can to this thing.
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Old Jan 20, 2003, 08:50 PM   #4
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anyone else have any input btw?
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Old Jan 20, 2003, 08:57 PM   #5
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well if you wanna try I'm sure there is a copper heatsink and a fan out there for you.
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The thermaltake crystal orb is a copper hsf that will fit in 8500, not sure if it is going to be loud because I found even the orginal cooler a little loud(and irritating because of the WHINE )
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i would suggest you "go for it" -- replace the stock gooey stuff with more efficient thermal paste. i now have a "opened" Loctite 383 if you want some of it... (edit: still under shelf life) AND you happen to live in Vancouver, BC
apprently, Loctite 383 works best for me. i can crank my R8500 core to 300 with stock heatsink/fan.

i would probably add heatsink on the ram itself, it now has none. it is very interesting to have the ram jack up to 300 MHz in sync with core speed
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I really wouldn't go with anything orb. It has terrible surface area...it's like a big penny on your GPU with fins on the perimiter. To top it off, the fan has a huge dead spot, so you are left with the hottest part in the middle. If you're going to just go all out on the 8500, get a 1u heatsink and fan (the Alpha one is good if you can find it, since all copper isn't a great idea when using low cfm fans). The only thing you might have to do with the 8500 is somehow grind off a corner so it clears a capacitor. If you're feeling daring, you can spend another $20 for an 80w peltier for it ;D.

In addition to this, you can try voltage mods on it. Just a simple pencil trick will do. I got my old 8500 up to 325/325 on air, with no RAMsinks. with a decent heatsink, you could probably give the GPU 2v and the RAM maybe eh, 3.9v?

Attaching the heatsink could be done with Arctic Alumina epoxy (works better tha Arctic Silver epoxy I've heard) or a special formula I've heard from somebody: two parts JB weld and one part Arctic Silver. The way I'd do it (I like undoing anything I do to my stuff ) is clamp the heatsink onto the card (with some soft rags so as not to scratch the board) with some Arctic Silver (not epoxy, just normal Arctic Silver) and hot glue the heatsink at the edges.
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