Stock coolers don’t mean anything anymore
If you read my last post on my new computer build you would have seen how I was complaining about high temperatures on my Radeon 4850.
Well, recently, when I was cleaning the card (of dust bunnies), I was too overzealous and I broke two of the fins on the stock cooler fan. I couldn’t do much and put the card back in hoping it would still be ok. The card still ran reasonably well, but the noise was unbearable. If I started a game, the card would start whining like a jet about to take off. It got progressively worser to the point that it started to whine even at idle.
So to cut a long story short, I was about to buy a new video card to replace the 4850. With the 4850 less than a year old, it was going to be a big loss and write off. But luckily, browsing at the local computer store, I spied a VGA cooler and took a chance, and spending $17 on it seemed easier on my wallet than a $180 GeForce GTX 260 Core 215. I took apart the stock cooler attached the new cooler and low and behold, my study area becomes so quiet even a monk could meditate. And my idle went to 50C from 85C. Load went to 65C from 100C. Not bad.
Anyway, the point I am trying to get to in my laborious way is that stock coolers are not worth anything anymore if my experience is anything to go by. My Intel Quad Core ran like a furnace till I bought a aftermarket CPU cooler. And now my video card runs at lower temps and much quieter with an aftermarket cooler as well.
What is the point of the stock cooler if it can hardly do its job and even if it did, it left your computer components hovering around 100C, ready to fry an egg. Component manufacturers owe it to themselves to do a better job with stock parts that ship with their product or they are going to lose DIY computer builders who have such a bad experience with their computer build they don’t attempt one again.