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EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:42 am

EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

EVGA recently announced that they have begun to sell their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Series High-Flow Video Card Exhaust Bracket that is said to lower GPU temperatures by up to 5C. Lowering your video card temperatures by up to 5C for under $10 doesn't sound like a bad idea. All you need to do is remove a few screws and the bracket can be switched out quickly without having to worry about voiding the cards warranty. The question that we have to figure out is if the NVIDIA reference design exhaust bracket really that restrictive?

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Article Title: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby XstollieX » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:08 am

Interesting, I didn't think that it would be that restrictive expecially on auto fan settings. If you had your noise cancelling headphones on and ran the fan at 100% then I could see the stock bracket being more restrictive and increasing the temps more that way. Then the lower restriction of the EVGA bracket may help.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Kaos Kid » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:21 am

One degree drop isn't worth purchasers' buying it separately (even just for S&H), but it is worth the manufacturers' adopting the design for future use since they can do so for no extra charge. A win-win for both parties.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Z999z3mystorys » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:32 am

EVGA has it's own stress test program, was thinking that might be worth trying to see if any difference in numbers, also if these where done at stock speeds and auto-fan, chances are it'd show the least difference compared to a overclocked version. I know this is a bracket however and doing a review on that is quite a bit, so no complaints here, just mentioning that other factors might impact results.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:11 pm

yup totally agree...

I figured it'd make a fun article and like you said no one else is likely to ever benchmark these like I did ;)
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Sttm » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:52 pm

I wonder if there is any reason they need those slots on the fan outlet; besides keeping idiots from sticking something in there.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby InspectahACE » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:58 pm

I didn't expect much but I had hoped for better idle temps at least. May be better for SLI setups than a single GPU setup(considering my setup has the GPU's right on top of each other)
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby robert3892 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:27 pm

I recently installed the EVGA high flow bracket for the GTX 470 and I saw a temp drop of 5 degrees Celsius overall. I can't speak for the GTX 480 users.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby InspectahACE » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:04 pm

Actually, I have to ask. Were you using the Extreme Burning Mode?
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:08 pm

InspectahACE wrote:Actually, I have to ask. Were you using the Extreme Burning Mode?



In all honesty I wanted to make it the worst case scenario and if it would reduce the top end temperature at all.

Many ways to test it, but at the end of the day it took more than a full 8 hour work day just to run these tests in the chart... It is just a $5 bracket now ;)
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Kaos Kid » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:17 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
InspectahACE wrote:Actually, I have to ask. Were you using the Extreme Burning Mode?



In all honesty I wanted to make it the worst case scenario and if it would reduce the top end temperature at all.

Many ways to test it, but at the end of the day it took more than a full 8 hour work day just to run these tests in the chart... It is just a $5 bracket now ;)


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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby InspectahACE » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:16 pm

Kaos Kid wrote:Well thanks for doing so!


Ditto.....

Apoptosis wrote:It is just a $5 bracket now ;)


Maybe for you and others who register their EVGA 400 series card :lol: . Others are stuck with paying double :nut kick:
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Major_A » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:49 am

So... bottom line is save your money. Take off the stock bracket, get your Dremel and cutting wheel, cut your own hole. Cost, $.30 in electricity and $.50 in a cutting wheel, problem solved.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:00 pm

I have my GTX 480 sitting in my case without the bracket like this:

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Working great and I got the bracket in case I need to RMA it still...

If you wanted the free and best solution with a bracket on it then yeah, just get out the dremel and cut it up. It's free and will give you better airflow.
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Re: EVGA GTX 400 Series High-Flow Exhaust Bracket Review

Postby stereo55 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:23 am

Even though this is an old thread , still good info on the brackets . Thx !
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