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SFL
02-04-05, 07:47 AM
Hi,

which is the latest NVidia graphics card without using a fan (like the 5200 did)?

Thanks :)

saturnotaku
02-04-05, 07:51 AM
That would be the FX 5200 or GeForce MX4000. The only way you'd be able to go fanless with a modern GPU is if you water cool.

wrugoin
02-04-05, 07:57 AM
Gigabyte make a fanless 6800NU I believe it has a dual sided heatsink with using heatpipes. The model is the Gigabyte GV-N68128DH Video Card. Here is a review at neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/gigabyte6800passive/) and you can find it sold at ZipZoomfly.com here. (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=322238)

|MaguS|
02-04-05, 07:59 AM
Doesnt the 6200 not use a fan?

saturnotaku
02-04-05, 08:03 AM
Doesnt the 6200 not use a fan?

6200 cards with TurboCache apparently don't use a fan, at least according to the ones for sale at Newegg. All regular 6200s have a fan from what I could see.

wrugoin
02-04-05, 08:12 AM
6200 cards with TurboCache apparently don't use a fan, at least according to the ones for sale at Newegg. All regular 6200s have a fan from what I could see.

I'm confused. Are we talking about reference models designed without a fan in mind? Or are we looking for the fastest card on the market by Nvidia that doesn't use fans for cooling?

toxikneedle
02-04-05, 01:24 PM
getting a fanless card is a waste because of its impact to overclocking, a heatsink cannot sustain overclocking heat

deathBOB
02-04-05, 03:17 PM
getting a fanless card is a waste because of its impact to overclocking, a heatsink cannot sustain overclocking heat

What if he isnt going ot overclock?

Rytr
02-04-05, 03:36 PM
I have a reference design 6200TC with default clocks at 300/700. It easily overclocks to 450/750 without heat buildup.

Subtestube
02-04-05, 03:41 PM
I have the fanless 6800 card. Sure, overclocking isn't an option, but if you want your warranty intact, that's not an issue. Still, depends on how much you want to pay.

Lemur.fi
02-04-05, 04:18 PM
My Asus V9999GT/TD is pretty much silent as the fan is set to run at 30% power. I would definitely get one of those passively cooled 6800s if I did not have this card already. :|

ahpook
02-04-05, 04:43 PM
I saw the review of the gigabyte 6800 on ************ and it looks perfect
for me (I hate fan noise). Just one question though -- has anybody
tried to put one in a Shuttle XPC? I have a SN41G and I know those big-ass Zalman coolers won't fit. It looks like most of the heatpipe is on the chip-facing side (towards the PCI slot in the shuttle) so vit ought to be OK, but I'd
like to know for sure before dropping $280 on this bad boy....

http://www.************/Material/ReviewImages/n68128dh/n68128dh-1.jpg

Subtestube
02-04-05, 05:25 PM
I'd measure mine for you, but I can't be bothered opening my case. I'd be wary of putting it in a Shuttle - they're VERY big. But yeah, wicked card. 100% silent. It's the quietest thing in my case - more silent than my MX460 was ;).

jAkUp
02-04-05, 11:17 PM
yea the Gigabyte 6800 Vanilla is a great fanless card ;)

ahpook
02-06-05, 08:30 PM
Well damn. I thought it would be OK except for maybe the pipes out the top of the
card, but then I took a second look at the pictures of the backside. The spreader sticks out pretty far, and that's the side that will have the tightest clearance in the shuttle case. None of the reviews nor the users guide at giga-byte.com have mechanical drawings.. Subtestube, are you sure you cant be arsed to bust with the measurements?

I have a 5200fx now cause it's fanless, but doom3 and hl2 on it are... not fun. I guess i could just suck it up with the fan noise and put my 4600ti back in but ******* it's annoying. Its like twice as loud as the XPC case fan + PSU at idle.

Acid Rain
02-06-05, 09:07 PM
I guess i could just suck it up with the fan noise and put my 4600ti back in but ******* it's annoying. Its like twice as loud as the XPC case fan + PSU at idle.
Yea, noise sucks...but 5 FPS sucks alot more. Throw on some headphones.

1337_Like_ThaT
02-06-05, 09:27 PM
The gigabyte 6800 Vanila is fanless and heats up as hot as hell. If overclocking is an issus, please don't do this card. If sound is an issue, then purchase a good Overclocking card and slap the VGA Silencer 5 on it, just about as quiet as having no fan on the damn card itself!!

Subtestube
02-07-05, 01:31 AM
Hmmm... I'll open up my box tomorrow and give you some measurements. They won't be precise though, as I lack anything besides a ruler and tape measure, and I *really* can't be bothered actually unseating the card.

jAkUp
02-07-05, 01:35 AM
The gigabyte 6800 Vanila is fanless and heats up as hot as hell. If overclocking is an issus, please don't do this card. If sound is an issue, then purchase a good Overclocking card and slap the VGA Silencer 5 on it, just about as quiet as having no fan on the damn card itself!!

Show me how a vga silencer is gonna fit in a shuttle :D :D :D

Subtestube
02-07-05, 01:51 AM
Right, well, it's your lucky(ish) day - I was bored and decided I'd measure the card now. Just for reference, I don't actually find the card gets that hot at all - though you should have some reasonable airflow. (50 idle, 65 load on a cool day, 57 idle, 72 load on the hottest day I've had this set up on). That said, it's not really for overclocking.

In any case - the card is
21.5 cm (8.5") long - this is standard for a 6800 though. They are long cards.
14.5 cm (5.5") deep, of which 1/2" (1 1/4 cm or so) is pipe overhang.
The height of the card is approximately 3.5cm (less than 1.5"), but remember that on the bottom that's a single slot cooler, so most of that height is actually on top. WIth that in mind, the top of the cooler (so, where there's usually nothing above the card) is about 3/4", or about 1.5 cm.

Hope that's helpful! It strikes me that a 6600GT might be a better solution for a shuttle? Though I'm unsure if there're any silent 6600s around that the moment.

jAkUp
02-07-05, 01:54 AM
My friend has a Gainward 6800 Vanilla, and its a dual slot card. He fit it into his shuttle by not using a case side :D

Rutger
02-07-05, 08:37 AM
I have a Gigabyte 6800NU with passive cooling.

With decent airflow in the case you can overclock it a but. I run mine at 375/800, where the default is 325/720. I was able to unlock one vertex shader, unlocking the remaining quad of pixelshaders gave me artefacts.

I have one 120mm fan (@5V) blowing in and one 120 mm exhaust fan (@5V) in addition to the 120mm PSU fan.

What i noticed is that when I overclock the core for 2d to 350MHz, the idle temperature drop with about 14C :eek: From 70C to 56C and the load temperature reaches about 72C.

bjarne
02-20-05, 09:35 AM
Rutger, OMG thank you!!!! (and thanks to google for letting me find this thread)

With an Antec Sonata case with 2x120mm 7v fans (plus a low speed 80mm in the psu) I was idling at 80 degrees celcius in Windows and the newest official nvidia drivers.

After overclocking to 375/800 as you suggested I am now idling at 52 degress celcius!!! 28 degrees in difference WTF. This is so so weird! I would _never_ have thought of trying to overclock as a method of getting rid of heat!