View Full Version : Searching for a fanless graphics card

04-03-06, 05:04 AM

I am using a Dell Dimension 8300, Intel P4 2.6GHz HT with a MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 AGP8x. I bought the card in spring 2005... however, I don't play a lot of games any more - just GuildWars, a little bit ego-shooters like Quake4 and maybe WoW in the near future. Iit's not important for me any more to play at high resolution or to have a very high video quality.

I am now working for my diploma thesis and I am coding a little bit in Java... well, it would be wonderful to have a fanless graphics card to have a silent system (my Dell came with a nvidia 5200 (only 64-bit :( ...) - the system was totally silent!) :)

I searched for fanless AGP cards and just found cards (all with the 6200 chip) like the...

MSI NX6200AX-TD256LF/128LF
7463-Gainward PRO/1460 TV-DVI
Leadtek WinFast PX6200 TC TDH
GigaByte NV62*
etc. etc. etc.

I also thought about replacing the fan of my card with one of Zalman (s. http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=66593
(http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=66593))... hmmmm.. what do you think - do I have enough power with one of the 6200 to play GuildWars and maybe games like Quake4/FEAR/...? Are there any fanless 7xxxx graphics card for AGP available?

Thanks for your help!

04-03-06, 05:45 AM
You can make ANY video card fanless.

You just need a LOT of aluminum/copper and some ingenuity!

04-03-06, 06:41 AM
I can't hear the Zalman CF-700 when it is connected in 5V mode (AKA silent mode), and I'm really picky about fan noise :)

04-03-06, 09:31 AM
OK, so if I decide to go with the Zalman solution, should I buy the VF700-Cu (http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=149&code=013)? Do I need the HSI Chipset cooling (http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=162&code=013)?

And do these 2 fit with my MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 AGP (http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=NX6600GT-VTD128)?

04-03-06, 11:23 AM
Yes you do as the 6600 cards are native PCI express and need a bridge to allow them to run AGP.

04-03-06, 12:11 PM
yeh, buying the zalman would definetly be your best solution, it'd be the cheapest, and provide good results, it's virtually inaudible on mine when it's in low power mod, 5v, anyway, yes, you will need the HSI heatsink, good luck, make sure not to over-tighten the cooler, it is easy as pie though for installation

04-05-06, 01:53 AM
do not buy the vf700-xx for the AGP 6600GT

It DOES NOT FIT precisely due to the bridge chip. Zalman's website says so. Its orientation is different from PCI-E 6600GT.

04-05-06, 07:24 AM
do not buy the vf700-xx for the AGP 6600GT

It DOES NOT FIT precisely due to the bridge chip. Zalman's website says so. Its orientation is different from PCI-E 6600GT.

Thanks wyverne! I now checked the Zalman website again and found the following: http://www.zalman.co.kr/product/cooler/VF700_6600GT_eng.html

OK, I think I just can try to get a 6200 and hope that my games will run good enough... :(

04-05-06, 10:49 AM
Isn't there someway to slow down the fan on the stock card in 2d mode, to the point that its near quiet, (but have to worry about higher 2d temps).. although then again, sinc eyou are doing important stuff, I wouldn't want to fiddle around with it, since IMO, system reliability becomes top priority in your situation, (even if the danger is only increase by like 1%)

Lol, that zalman page is kinda scary.. I love this quote
"Because the GeForce 6600 GT AGP's chipset is located towards the top area of the board unlike the PCIe version, installation of the cooler may be structurally unstable." Also, it might not clear the top of your case..

You know, I think one of my friends does have a Zalman on his 6600GT AGP though.. I'll ask him how it works out.

BTW, I have the same exactly computre, except it now has a 3.2, the loud, but super powerful case fan, even louder PSU, and a 6800GT.. When I'm at work, using my work laptop, sometimes I have to shut that computer down, even when its idling, cause its just too loud! But yea, back when it was stock, it was incredibly quiet.. I'd turn it off by accident sometimes cause I thought it was off.. My coworker was even kinda annoyed that it was as quiet as his custom built silent PC with all sorta work on it.. That heavy steel casing wrapped in thick plastic, with the odd fan layout actually works, in that regard.

04-05-06, 10:49 AM
so do you have enough width in your case to bolt on a vf700?
the 6200 is a significant downgrade just to go silent.

how about controlling the fan with rivatuner so it only turns on in games, for free?

04-05-06, 10:50 AM
you could also check if arctic silencer nv silencers fit.

04-05-06, 01:33 PM
go to www.pricegrabber.com and try to find the Gigibyte 6800 AGP. It is a fanless 6800. I just gave one to my kid brother and it works great in his HP w/ the same specs as your Dell.


Edit: Looks like they only list the 6600 series cards now.

04-05-06, 06:07 PM

10-20% faster than 6600gt. comes in 1-slot fanless.

dunno if the rumour will be true and if it will be available in agp though.

04-05-06, 06:12 PM
do not buy the vf700-xx for the AGP 6600GT

It DOES NOT FIT precisely due to the bridge chip. Zalman's website says so. Its orientation is different from PCI-E 6600GT.

It actually fit fine on my agp 6600GT... you just had to bend the fins on a few of the ramsinks... no biggy.

04-05-06, 07:19 PM
NM, I see it is AGP you are after. The Asus 7800GT I had in mind is PCI-e.

04-05-06, 08:27 PM
The Zalman VF700 totally killed my performance on my 6600 AGP... >_<'
But you should give it a try. It is extremely quiet, and cools very well. You'll need a HSI cooler tho. It should also fit no problem on your card. Some of the fins on the cooler might extend beyond your card.

04-08-06, 03:03 AM
you could also check if arctic silencer nv silencers fit.
It seems that they don't offer silencers for AGP versions any more: http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga1.php

I think I will give the VF700 a try.

I attach an image of my card (not the original picture but it should be the exactly same model) - I hope the Zalman fan will fit :)

04-09-06, 05:10 PM
oops nevermind.. My friend has a 6800, not a 6600..

04-29-06, 11:33 AM
I decided not to buy the Zalman VF700 but to go with a SilenX iXtrema GPU cooler. It works great, the fan is absolutely quiet (nana2)

This SilenX cooler has (like the Zalman (http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=149&code=013)) two modes: 5V and 12V (I can select them with a "Multi-Speed Connector"). My graphics card doesn't have sensors so I don't know anything about the temperature of the card. Which mode should I select? The fastest 12V mode or 5V? Which mode do users of Zalman select?