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Old 07-24-08, 08:16 PM   #73
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Default Re: Nvidia 260 GTX ot ATI HD 4870

So, yeah, I picked up a Visiontek 4870 for $280 out the door at Best Buy. No hassles, other then getting a guy to unlock the cage. Yes, I could have gotten it for cheaper online, but it would involve a rebate. I hate rebates.

So far so good. Driver install was pretty painless. My system is quieter as I was able to remove an Antec slot cooler that was used to force all the 8800's exhaust out the back. I have a great case, and with my Spot Cool still aimed towards the memory and northbridge, the idle temps, case closed is 78-80C. Fur got it up to 84-85C with the fan up and down. The 8800 GTX ran at 64C idle and 72-74C load.

The amount of heat out the back is very similar between the two, to be honest and the interior of the case is cooler. My Quad now idles between 45-48C versus 48-50C. Mobo temp seems unchanged, reporting 36C on the Northbridge. System fan speeds are unchanged.

Going to tinker a little an familiarize myself with the CCC.

Hey nvToni, wanna buy a PNY 8800GTX?
Brian - aka HalcYoN

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