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Unread 2nd August 2011, 08:49 PM
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Vid Cooler for GTX 295

My card's fan is starting to grind a little and I don't like the noise. So I'm going to replace the cooler. Any ideas which one would work? Cheaper is better but not so cheap that it either (a) craps out in a year or two or (b) is noisy at idle speeds.

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Unread 2nd August 2011, 09:59 PM
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That's a very good question. I would start with Arctic Cooling, or maybe Zalman. I'm not familiar with who makes after-market cooling for video cards anymore.
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Unread 3rd August 2011, 06:33 AM
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Instead of buying a new cooler, I'm going to flash the BIOS of the card to get the stupid fan speeds from idle default of 41% to an inaudible 31% without any change in idle temp (I checked it by switching it to full manual using Speed Fan).

So I've ripped the BIOS #2, which has the fan control, and loaded it in Nibitor for changes. Now I need to flash the BIOS. This is where you guys come in. What's the best tool to do this?

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Unread 3rd August 2011, 09:00 AM
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Overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce Video Card

This discusses the tools and proceedures.
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Unread 3rd August 2011, 11:15 AM
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NVFlash - http://www.google.com/search?q=nvfla...ient=firefox-a
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Unread 3rd August 2011, 05:13 PM
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Got it thanks much.
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Unread 4th August 2011, 01:40 PM
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Just to let everyone know, I actually changed the fan speeds and a couple of of the temperature related item using Nibitor and flashed the 295's BIOS using the latest nVflash 5.95, right from windows. There is so much confusion about how to use the commands that it's virtually incomprehensible for anyone not at least familiar with nV flash, which I was not. For a Basic flash, to help anyone doing the same thing, the command is simply:

nvflash biosname.rom <--and that loads the bios.

Or for those unfamiliar with cmd, navigate to the nvflash directory, and then the same as above.:
Don;t worry about any of the other switches you might see because, unless you're having problems flashing, that's all you need.

Also, Microsoft now has as a free download a tool that will make any DVD or USB drive bootable with any ISO image. So you would create an ISO with whatever files you want on the boot disk, run the MS utility, and you're done. You have to have an ISO because the tool was designed to allow the Win7 ISO to be burned to a bootable DVD or copied to a USB. However, you do not need the Win7 ISO. You can make any ISO you want and use the tool on it.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool
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