A Lesson in Cooling

I have now built 3 successful hackintosh machines. Each of them I have used an RX580 graphics card. It’s cheap, buying used on eBay, it...

A Lesson in Cooling

I have now built 3 successful hackintosh machines. Each of them I have used an RX580 graphics card. It’s cheap, buying used on eBay, it can drive two 4k monitors, and it works in the builds with no fuss.


I’m not much of a gamer but I play a couple titles here and there. I had attempted to play a game and watch a movie on the other screen, but it locks the machine and shuts down. “ah well” I always said, a bit too much to ask of a graphics card in a hacked system.

Fast forward to my latest build.

Gigabyte z390 Designare

Intel i9-9900k

Sapphire Radeon RX580

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 2666

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280


Lian Li PC-O11DW Computer Case White

3 of be quiet! Silent Wings 3 120mm, BL064, Cooling Fan

IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter

CORSAIR RMX White Series, RM750x, 750 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular Power Supply- White

Rosewill RNX-AC1900PCE, 802.11AC Dual Band AC1900 PCI Express WiFi Adapter/Wireless Adapter/Network Card

The particular RX580 I had bought sounded like a prop aircraft preparing to take off whenever it was under load, it drove me a bit nutty. So, the solution I came up with was:

- NZXT Kraken G12 - GPU Mounting Kit for Kraken X Series

- NZXT Kraken X52 240mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

- NZXT Internal USB Hub – (Only had one USB on the MB)

Once installed the GPU Die temp was 28C at idle and around 40-50C when stress testing. But most of all it was QUIET.

The surprise came when I started pushing it. Setting game graphics to higher settings… and yesterday, for the heck of it, I put up Netflix on one screen and a game on the other… No problem at all.

…and the moral of the story. Cooling makes a lot bigger difference in day to day tasks than I had expected.

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iATKOS Inside: A Lesson in Cooling
A Lesson in Cooling
iATKOS Inside
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