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Timmæy

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May 12, 2001
just finished up hacking up an old hs and bonding it to my vid card. It's and oly card but still a good on, havent oc'd it since i added on the fins( from my old slot a hs) because my second psu died for no reason( only 1 week old) so i cant oc it more than the 179/165mhz that it is now at, and it's watercooled. Used some artic silver & super glue to hold the fins on, had to leave one fin off of the ram because it interfiered with the ram.

Tim
 

TT120

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Shadow ÒÓ (May 27, 2001 04:09 a.m.):
betcha you won't see any difference. It's been said too many times, mem cooling on vid cards show practically zero gains.
Maybe not but it looks cool :):):)
 

batboy

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Yep, I only gained about 2-3 MHz on overclocking the Vid memory when I installed my RAM sinks, but hey, it's better than nothing. Here's a pic of my Hercules MX with cooling mods. Blue Orb was installed using A.S. paste and the RAM sinks installed with A.S. epoxy.

[img="[URL]http://www.fiero.nl/uploads/MX-videocard.jpg[/URL]"]
 

[Oc]acaridans

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batboy, nice blue on blue thing you have going there... that 2-3 increase defently good but was that before or after the Borb....ive been looking at what others have done and gotten so i can get an idea if its worth it like shadow said...all ive done for vid cooling is place a slot cooler under the card. the only thing i noticed was lower case temps, which is always good.
 

batboy

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I posted a topic about this a couple months ago. Basically, I first pulled off the original sink, lapped it, and then reinstalled with Arctic Silver. Next, I added a 40mm fan (my MX didn't come with a fan). This allowed me to O/C the core about another 5 MHz over what I was able to before. No change in the memory O/C though, obviously.

The next step was that I hacked up a chipset cooler and made RAM sinks. I had decided to buy the RAM sinks you see in the pic (but hadn't ordered them yet), so I installed my homemade RAM sinks with frag tape. This gave me about 2 MHz increase for memory.

A couple weeks later, I got the Blorb and "wing fin" RAM sinks, so I stripped all the old stuff off and installed the Blorb and new RAM sinks. These mods increased the amount I could O/C by another 5 MHz core and another 1 MHz memory. Please note, I also have a slot fan next to the vid card which seems to help exhaust hot air out away from the MX.

To conclude, the total amount of difference these mods made was a 10 MHz core gain and a 3 MHz memory gain. Not too shabby. It does seem to help my 3Dmark scores. I think you need to have a little air movement across those RAM sinks for them to show any gains. The point is that RAM sinks don't help a lot, but they don't hurt either. And they sure do look pretty.
 

proze

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putting ramsinks on my geforce 256 ddr did nowt for my overclocking... adding a socket 7 hsf to the core, however, boosted my core oc'ing by 20mhz... the POS that creative put on there might as well have been left off.
 

Phil

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I had an idea a minute ago, I was thinking instead of epoxying heatsinks to the memory modules I might try heatink the heatsinks up so they melt to the plastic coating, I don't know if this is possible but I have a dead vid card lieing around somewhere, I'll give it a shot and tell you if it works tomorrow
 

surlyjoe

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HOLY CRAP!!>>>thats a great idea phil ,Im sure I have somethin that works, I can try it with too !!!!
 

Warlord2

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o/c a geforce2 ultra can have some realy good gains

some guy said in the video card forum said he o/c his gf2 ultra to 320/505

thats with water cooled heatsinks and the chip

4ms is awesome with o/c