Don't worry we all start off that way but eventually you'll have both if you want it.
The 980ti started life as a gigabyte reference card, I slapped on the evga hybrid cooler and flashed a custom bios so now its even faster than a 980ti hybrid. A hybrid rums around $750 I believe.
Personally It's hard for me to give a fair comparison because I didn't keep the stock thermal paste after the delid process. I would go with the arctic cooling compound though. It has a great reputation for a reason.
Just slapped on the evga hybrid cooler on the card and it helped drop temps by 15 - 20 degrees celsius. Will be posting a video soon on the install and I also Delidded the processor which dropped temps considerably. The link to the video is in the description.
Just pulled of a Delid that dropped my temps considerably and also included a link to the video in comments if you are interested in the procedure.
Just pulled of a Delid and was able to drop temps considerably, I attached a video in the description if you are interested.
Thanks for the kind words the build has been progressing nicely and I will be updating the comments with the latest.
Thanks I'm actually going to post up some videos of the EVGA hybrid cooler install for my 980 ti and bios hacking the card as well.
Just posted the video link. CHEERS!!!
Hey Radox just pulled off the delid. It was super easy to do I'll be posting up a video in the comments section if you are interested but I saw a 15C drop in temps. It was super easy to do as well.
I know the Noctua's aren't pretty to look at but they can't even be seen through the window. You can hear the quality once they fire up. Nice smooth sounds with no whine. Just the sounds of moving air. They are worth every penny!
Yea I'm looking for the simplicity of an AIO. I'm just waiting for corsair to release the sleeves for the 980 ti and I will be slapping a 140mm AIO radiator to the rear for sure.
It's just faster in certain areas I believe.
Just did a little more tweaking and dropped the vcore to 1.163. The temps are hovering around 59-63 at full load. I'm still running Aida 64 but everything seems stable so far.
I would have loved the ATX version but I could no longer wait for phanteks to get ship them. I might upgrade at a later date to it.
I was running 1.33 vcore but my temps would hit 85. I decided to throttle it down to 4.5 ghz and I'm running a vcore of 1.24 and hitting temps around 75 now.
Thank you for the kind words. I am thrilled with the way she turned out. Now I'm just trying to extract as much performance out of her as possible.
I'm loving it so far but I am kind of curious about the new AMD fury water cooled edition. The 980 ti fans get pretty loud when you have everything turned up to ultra settings.
during stability testing using aida64 it will hit temps in the mid to upper 80's depending on ambient temps.
Will keep the post updated with any tweaks and changes.
I had the colors on red and green just changing colors periodically for kicks.
I'm not sure, that could be a reason but I only put a small dab and spread it out across the processor. In any event I will be performing a delid on the processor and changing from arctic silver 5 to the mx4 thermal compound to see if there will be a large improvement.
Isn't it awkward to have the IO panel facing the wall like that? I am in the middle of starting a build myself using this case. It looks great!