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07-23-03, 06:09 PM
I may be in the markte for a Sapphire 9600 Pro in the future, and wanted to know what people's luck with ATI/Sapphire fans has been. This would help me decide whether to get the Ultimate Edn. with the heatpipe or not. I am noise conscious, and I don't want another failed fan in under one year, so I am leaning towards the heatpipe one, though it costs significantly more.
Or can one passively cool the 9600 Pro with a regular large heatsink like a Volcano2 or other sink without a fan? I have plenty of them.
Any opinions would be helpful.
I actually have yet to read about anyone having a fan fail on their radeons. The fans arnt noisy either. My system is whisper quiet when I turn all the fans down and I swear I cant hear the Radeon fan.
The heatpipe is cool, but I think you could do better by just buying a regular 9600pro and a Zalman heatpipe and doing it yourself. Then you could actually put some good thermal stuff on there.
07-24-03, 11:04 AM
How about passive heatsinks? You have me convinced of the fan version, but does a 9600 Pro run cool enough to be passively cooled? I have this monster 3x4", 1" tall Pentium Pro aluminum monstrosity I'm waiting to use on something.
Oh yeah the 9600pro is the coolest Radeon yet. They use a smaller heatsink than usual on them. So yeah they can be passively cooled, that monsterous heatsink may do the trick.
07-24-03, 11:36 AM
I'd just use some AS Epoxy on it. It's not terribly heavy. I have decent airflow through my case, so I should still be able to OC if I want to.
Thanks for your help.
07-24-03, 12:04 PM
I have two Sapphire cards , a retail 9700 Pro and OEM 9700 NP .
(Ive had the 9700 Pro for a longer period of time ; about 12 months)
Both still have the factory fans , they quite and going strong .
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