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I originally bought a gtx 980 which was open box, also doa. Went back to replace it and found the 980 ti was on sale and I only paid 5 bucks more for it (compared to the price for the open box 980!!) While this is a huge deal I became a little nervious about putting this monster into that little case. Fired up no issues. Asrock mobo is great. Came as bios v1.50 which I haven't updated, still trying to find out if there are any issues with the newer bios versions. Now, you may be wondering if putting a 980 ti into that case...back up a sec--first of all, yes, it fits. The side mounting bracket was great for holding the card up. I had to maneuver the card a little to fit it but there were no major problems. It runs about 60 c at idle with no fan so i used afterburner to get it down to about 45-50 c at idle with about 50% fan. It runs a little hot but it eats movies and simpler games without breaking a sweat, and I mean no change in temp or fan speed with custom curve set. I will throw something a little more challenging at it soon. I was gonna start with ac:syndicate at various settings and report. If it runs too hot i may end up throwing this card into another build and putting one of my hd7850s in there and oc the crap out of it instead. I'm not sure i can oc anything with a 980 ti and only 600w psu. Anyway, gpu anxieties aside, the thing is really amazing on a big screen (connected it to a 42in sharp lcd at 1080p). Can't wait to get a 4k screen and try out 3d video at some point, but later.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Just put two fans under the card. Of course you can't use the GPU stabilizer, but temps will improve significantly.

I have a 4GB 960 (blower style) in my 202 that was reaching the high 70s on load, but after I added two Fractal Design Venturi fans to aid in cooling it, it doesn't exceed 67C on the same load. Those fans also come with fan splitters that cut the fan speeds, so they aren't even operating at full capacity and they're very quiet.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that Noctua cpu cooler? I am considering that one myself and was wondering what kind of temperatures you get under load?

Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this cooler actually. I haven't set up anything easier than this. Fan is really silent. Haven't OC this one yet as I just built it. It's my second noctua though. I have another taller one on my i5-3570 in a fractal core 1000 case. There aren't many coolers slim enough for the node 202 (I'm a fractal fan btw :)), clearance is only 49mm. Both coolers keep the cpu under 40c at idle and with some stress. I haven't put either cpu under serious load yet. I'll report back when I do.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yeah I will be curious to see what it runs under load.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

you should note that this cooler is meant for processors with not more than 65W TDP. you could also try https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cryorig-cpu-cooler-c7 or https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rrgmm416pkr2

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The cryorig is short enough for this case, the other is probably stretching it. I didnt realize there was a wattage rating for coolers, makes sense. The 6600k is low power. I will stress soon and report on this cooler.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I really am considering it. I was wondering, would you have the fans blow directly on the card? my original thought. If your reference card sees improvement, then shouldn't an open design benefit even more? The asrock i put in has two case fan headers and the bios allows for fan control. I'm probably gonna try this. Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the reference card it's the ASUS turbo model, but yeah I saw as much as a 13C decrease, so it was certainly worth spending some extra cash on fans.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I just put two venturi fans and now gpu idling low 30s with just 20% case fan speed and 20% gpu fan. I dont get to play with this often so progress is slow :) the case fans were easy to install but I had to rewire because the case is so small. I'm glad I did though. Ran into one issue: the magnetic screen gets pulled into the fan and rubs. Believe it or not I used string to tie the screen to the grill on the outside. I'm sure there are much more elegant fixes, but it was fast and it worked. Only one fan was having this problem There is still about 1/4 in space b/w the fans and the gpu, which i cleared of cables, so I didnt want to approximate them any more. My old idle temp was more like 50c with 70% gpu fan, not 40, so the change is huge.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that's a crazy awesome improvement. I'm glad it worked out so well for you. Makes me wonder what those fans are capable of at higher speeds!

Shame about the fan filter. I have mine on the outside of my case so this wasn't an issue for me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, and it's difficult to separate the bottom housing to keep adjusting the screen so i thought this was a good quick fix. and I wasn't willing to omit the screen since the fans are pulling in. I think there was big change in temp because the card is open. Your asus, if i have it right, is a closed housing with rear exhaust, so blowing from the outside of the card would have some limitations.

Also, a second issue I found with the case is that this big-*** gpu sags down on the free side due to sheer weight once the holding bracket is removed. Since there are now two fans there is no room for the bracket. Some modding may be able to fix this. My temporary fix was to stand the case, but this isnt ideal.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points
That is one powerful HTPC. I like it. +1
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Small and powerful. Very nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and small build. Although, I must ask, how much did you pay for the 980ti? IIRC it was about $330 back in February.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for that hdmi cable, i have the same one xD

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, I wish everyone would just take an extra two minutes and a little passion to make things right. It's a silly thing to dwell on, but that cable never twists, it's the right length for just about any application, and it comes with a sweet velcro tie. And it looks awesome.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Had any fan control issues with BIOS 2.10? RMAed my board because of that issue. Fans would turn off or not run unless in standard mode or higher. RPMs didn't match fan profile settings either. ASRock said they haven't heard of it yet. Any issues with yours?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues with fan control at this point. I just put two pmw fans and using the f-stream which lets you customize the fan curves. So far all is well. See update about the running temps above. Specifically i checked f-stream fan rpm agains the curve and it seems to be working, and they definitely respond to changes in the curve. Do you have latest version of the f-stream? Are you using bios to change fan speeds?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't using f stream. I was using the bios to control them. Prob just a faulty board. I have the replacement on hand. Just waiting on some longer custom cables and I'll try again using the bios and f stream as well. Thanks for the reply.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty sure the 7850 will run hotter than the 980 Ti..., also, a 600W PSU is fine for OCing. A 980 Ti has a 250W TDP and your Proc has a 91 W TDP, so before OC, your total system draw is prob around 400W, leaving you 250 W headroom. I believe you can do a max 125% power limit in Afterburner on the 980 Ti, which would be 315ish W maximum power from the card, or about 450-500W for the total system.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your GPU temps looking like?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry havent been on here for a while :/ gpu temps are good under load. 60-70 c. the two fans blowing right on the card are the trick I think.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the L9i CPU fan keep the SATA connections clear on that motherboard?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

no overlap with sata.

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