View Full Version : GeForce 4 cooler on a Geforce FX - will it work?

25-08-2004, 01:35 PM
I want to get a new chipset cooler for my GeForce FX 5600 video card. The video RAM has no heatsinks on it so I was wondering if I could use a GeForce 4 chipset cooler on it instead of the monsterous GeForce FX/ATI Radeon coolers that cover both sides of the card.

I'm looking at using ThermalTake gear as I can get it relatively cheap.

Anyone know if this will work?


25-08-2004, 01:41 PM
Why not just buy BGA ram sinks?


25-08-2004, 01:42 PM
Hang on... did I read correctly when you say your FX5600 has no GPU cooler??

Murray P
25-08-2004, 01:50 PM
> Hang on... did I read correctly when you say your
> FX5600 has no GPU cooler??

No the ram not the gpu.

Is the card running hot (more specifically is the ram) or are you going to overclock it? Otherwise I wouldn't bother.

Cheers Murray P

25-08-2004, 01:52 PM
Yeah - in that case BGA ramsinks are cheap as chips. $16 I think.


25-08-2004, 02:02 PM
The card cooler that's currently on it looks cheap & nasty and it's real noisy too.

The card doesn't seem to be running hot and I may overclock in the future but I haven't had much luck with overclocking on my board so I probably will leave it at stock speeds.

Pete O\'Neil
25-08-2004, 02:12 PM
What Thermaltake GF4 cooler in particular are you planning on using? Something like this (http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/chipset/a1394.htm) perhaps?

You could consider the Giant 2 it would be more than enough to cool a FX5600, i have found if you mod it a lil and put the big plate on the top of the card and the lil plate on the GPU it cools better. THis way you have a bigger area to dissapate the heat through.

25-08-2004, 04:18 PM
how much cheaper can you get Thermaltake stuff because in all the reviews i red of this: http://www.ascent.co.nz/mn-product-spec.asp?pid=115944 it got a 10/10. It comes with ram sinks. Ascent has free delivering.

there are some review links from here:


25-08-2004, 04:20 PM
Yep, that's the GeForce 4 cooler that I'm looking at getting... I don't want to get the ThermalTake Giant 2 because it's just too big and it seems like an overkill. I would have quoted the names of the ThermalTake coolers but I didn't have them in front of me at the time of the post.

25-08-2004, 04:24 PM
Well, I can get the GeForce 4 cooler for around $25 and the Giant 2 for around $45 (both prices with GST included)

Ahh, the benefits of working for a computer place with supplier accounts... :D

Pete O\'Neil
25-08-2004, 04:27 PM
i would get the Giant 2 if i was you the Thermaltake Geforce4 cooler wont cut the mustard with the 5600. You could always water cool it? If you work for a retailer you must be able to get other brands aswell surely? Zalman make GPU cooler and they are soooo much better than Thermaltake.

25-08-2004, 04:50 PM
I would go for the Zalman one and get the Zalman fan and stick it on the side. I think there is a good pic of it in a PC World a few months ago (how to cool your PC)

but then again, thats going a bit overkill. it is only FX5600. but you could overclock to the max.