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It turns out the onboard fan is the loudest component in my HTPC. Does anyone know if there is a quiet replacement? Also, what's the best way to remove the stock fan?


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Are you using this heatsink without a fan or with the Zalman fan? I think Zalman recommends that you use their fan with Radeon cards.
 

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I use a zalman passive heatsink on a Radeon AIW (Not the new series), and found that with a large slow fan mounted in the front of the case, and the blanking plate removed from the top PCI slot, there is a nice stream of air over the heatsink.


Been running like this for about 6 months, with HTPC on 24 X 7
 

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After using mine for a few hours I got in the mood to do some modding. Shut down and popped out the card. Gave the heatsink a little twist and it came right off. Not sure if it was so easy because it was hot. BTW, the stock heatsink was terrible - you will notice how uneven the glue was. Which means very little heat transfer. I put on a passive heatsink from an old pentium pro with thermal paste and a tiny dab of superglue. Works great for me. Takes 2 pci slots and I took the slot covers off to allow the case fan to pass some air through it.
 

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RE: SuperGlue:


ArcticSilver actually sells (besides the ArcticSilver 3) a 2-part heat transfer composite that is a glue but conducts heat about as well as their best (made of silver dust) paste.


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