First post, by ultra_code
Hello VOGONS members!
I have a question. It is well regarded that the stock heatsinks that are oh so wrongly thermal-epoxied to both of the Voodoo5 5500's GPU dies do a poor job at cooling those hot chips, and that rapidly chilling and then popping them off to replace them with third-party heatsinks does the GPU right, without being able to tell how much it helps, since the card itself has no way to convey the temperature of the GPU dies. But, has there been anyone who has conducted an almost Gamers Nexus-style experiment, using temperature probes or thermal couples to measure the temperature of the GPU die as best as possible before removing the stock heatsink, and then afterwards with a new aftermarket heatsink using thermal paste? It has been nearly two decades after the release of the V5 5500, and I'd be surprised if no one has thought of trying to do such a thing yet.
The reason why I'm asking this question is I might get a V5 5500 in the future, and I want to know if the risk of modding the card would be significantly worth it just to cool the card better. If some one has done such a test, and came back with a 5C difference, I would say that such a mod would be unnecessary.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!