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Posted: February 23, 2000
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy
Units supplied by: The Card Cooler
I could easily have just used the 120mm fans and made this an exciting project, but why not go for it all? The plan for this guide was as follows:
-Find the room temperature.
-Measure temperature in Windows and how well the GeForce overclocks without the cooling.
-Run a benchmark or two to see the frame rate at the original clock speed.
-Play Unreal Tournament and Quake3 for an hour, then check the temperature again.
-Power down and remove the side cover.
-Install the slot cooler.
-Install the first 120mm fan in a good place.
-Install the other 120mm fan in a good place.
-Turn on my PC and hope it all works.
-If it works, turn the Honeywell fan on "High".
-Measure temperature in Windows.
-Try to overclock as high as possible while still being able to run Unreal Tournament and Quake3.
-Run the same benchmarks as before to compare frame rates at the new clock speed.
-Play Unreal Tournament and Quake3 for an hour to test stability.
-Check the temperature again when I'm done playing games.
I think that accounts for everything. The reason I checked the temperatures before and after was so I could show that the cooling either did or did not hold the temperature constant while the GeForce was overclocked. If you're going to setup a huge system cooling project, take the time to test your system BEFORE adding all the cooling equipment. This way you'll know exactly where you're at. Then you can decide if you really need the cooling, and if you decide to add it, you can see how much it helps after it's installed. Benchmarks always help too. :)
Now that the plan was set, I had to find ways to check the temperature. I had two options: my digital thermometer or my built in system monitor. Since the probes were smaller with the system monitor, that was my choice.