- Mar 7, 2008
After much work I finally made and reassembled a cooling solution for the 280X. This was an XFX one which was fine until the original fans died. I had cable tied on these two fans and wanted something nicer for a while. I got an old panel from an acrylic case which already had a 80mm fan hole on it, and added a 2nd one. Then cut to shape and mount. Sounds so simple, but it's taken many hours and I wouldn't have done it had I known it would take so long.
I did get replacement fans, but they looked rather horrible IRL so I kept the old ones after all. I was going to wire them directly onto the board, but I got lazy to work out the details and as can be seen just took the wires off the fan to plug into a mobo connector instead.
With some fresh heatsink compound, I hope to give it a test run tonight and see if it still works.
The original grand plan was too grand... I was thinking, since the acrylic already has minor scratches, would it look better if I intentionally gave it a frosted effect, with some LED backlighting? Then there's the previously mentioned fan to GPU mod so I can retain speed control and measurement... but that'll take different fans. I just want to get it back in a system and running for now.