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Old 07-24-08, 11:00 AM   #57
BrianG
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Default Re: Nvidia 260 GTX ot ATI HD 4870

Why is it a heat issue? If AMD says the chip can run at 80C idle, why the paranoia? Reminds me of the 8800GTX and all the panic about its temps. Chicken Little is back.

Keep in mind that whether the fan is spinning fast or slow, you still dissipate the same wattage. There will be very hot air from the exhaust port of the 4870, but there won't be much. If you drop temps by increasing the fan speed, you are still sending the same amount of heat out the back. The card isn't doing less work with the fan cranked up.

My $.02.

BTW, I did add a slot cooler for my 8800GTX, but that was because of the open vents on the card, not expelling all heat out the back. That is not a problem for the 4870.
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