Chocu1a;5448040It uses the fanmate2 controller. Basically it is a little box with a knob you use to control the speed (same as the 9000 series cpu coolers). I never use those. I just keep the fan at 100%.
How loud is it at 100%? A couple reviews i read said that while its much more quiet than the stock cooler, 100% was still a bit noisy. Also, the couple reviews i read only showed a couple degrees difference from 100% compared with running it at 50% or so, which was said to be much quieter.
I've been considering the GELID Icy Vision Rev.2 cooler for my 470. I plan on keeping this card for a good while so i think it might be worth it. Most of the reviews i read put it only 2-4 degrees (at most) behind the VF3000F on average, and it can be had much cheaper ($55 vs $80 for the VF3000 on Newegg). The Rev.2 is said to fix all the mounting issues some had as well.
>Omen<;5448110Bite your head off? Again with the over reactions. I was merely pointing out that I DIDN'T see what you said as a reason to get riled, and instead detailed why I chose the H50.
As for your M17X, why on Earth are you parting with it already? I thought you were thrilled with the thing?
Ah, ok. I see what you meant now. Misunderstood your post upon first reading it.
I'm looking at the R3 M17x. It's due to be launched at CES. I'm looking for something with a bit more power. Also, the M17x R3 is supposed to have Optimus, which I would have LOVED on the M17x. If you start it in Stealth Mode, you have to restart when plugged in to get full graphics. I originally bought it for the equivilent of €1,350. I'm hopefully going to sell it for around €1,100, so I won't loose that much.
It is actually quite audible at 100%. I was contemplating using the fanmate. I almost bit on the Gelid, but I really like the vram cooling plate on the Zalman being 1 solid piece, as opposed to the Gelid with individual heatsinks. I picked up the Zalman on sale over at Directron for $65 shipped. Still, a tad bit more than the Gelid. I also hear that the TIM on the Gelid is excellent.
Yeah Gelids TIM looks pretty awesome. It pretty much outperforms AS5 in every test i've seen. The VRAM cooling is one downside, but the Gelid is said to have better VRM cooling than the VF3000F with a couple reviews showing significantly lower VRM temps.
That might be my next upgrade after i get the other 1TB Spinpoint HDD i want.
Well, I fired up Metro 2033 & this baby just chewed it up & spit it out. 1920*1200, dx11, every setting maxed & it ran 54-60 fps. Temps were around 60 degrees with 98% gpu usage. There were a couple of instances it dipped into 20 fps for a second or two, but for the most part it hovered in the 55 fps range. Very, very impressed. My old 470 only got around 15-20 fps in maxed out settings. Schweeet!
Yeah Metro is not quite the nasty resource beast I'd assumed it was. I'm sure if on 1920 res and Very High vs High with DOF on and all that it would choke my system, but the fact is the res I'm using looks just as nice on the size display I have, and those extra settings like Advanced DOF just look like blurry crap and don't add any detail, just detract from it.
The one thing I do wish I could see are the DX11 graphics though, but that will come in time. There's simply not enough games I have using it for me to get a better GPU based solely on that yet. I have seen it in DX10 though, and it does look a bit better than in DX9.