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Old 01-30-04, 06:04 PM   #6
ricercar
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My PNY 5800 Ultra fan has always performed like you describe--fan on for power up or 3D gaming, but never for 2D. It's not performing significantly differently than my 5900 Ultra engineering sample, so I haven't been tempted to buy a consumer version.

Out of curiosity, What happened to your 5800U? I had to RMA a PNY 5800U that Just died one day, with artifacts even on the post screen. Since then, I've put a fan on the passively cooled backside, and never had a further problem.
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