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MSI 7900GT passive cooled?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 20, 2006 10:46:10 AM

Hi, im buying a passive cooled card becouse i hate my noisy pc and i want the new one to be a silent one ( Core 2 Duo...., passive cooled motherboard.... low noise PSU... you know..), i was about the ASUS 7600GT passive cooled but i know that buying a 7900 gt is worth the extra 100€ for the performance increase, but.... will this MSI do well for me? or will it burn up, i want to hear your opinions, thanks guys
PD: that is the card -->
August 20, 2006 1:56:33 PM

I don't think any large graphics card manufacturer would ship their products with substandard cooling...they'd be bashed on forums like these and nobody would buy their cards. However, as with most passively cooled chips, you want to have some airflow over the heatsink; it can be a little ammount, but trust me you want it. Play games on the card for a while, then feel the heatsink. Use your judgement...if it's way too hot to touch, you might want to look into aftermarket cooling, or (my favorite), take a 12v case fan, run it on 5v provided by a drive power connector, and direct it at the passive heatsink. That'd be pretty darn silent, especially with the cover of the case on.
August 20, 2006 2:13:57 PM

That card more than likely depends on airflow from the CPU HSF in order to keep cool.

I'd just get any 7900GT and combine it with a Zalman Reserator 1-plus which will cool both the CPU and GPU completely silently.

Of course your motherboard will then likely need some small fans :) 
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August 20, 2006 2:53:18 PM

I think Gigabyte sells their 7900GTs with a quiet Zalman cooler on them. Might want to check it out: Gigabyte GeForce 7900GT

Uses a molex connector over PCI-e power connector for some reason...

August 20, 2006 3:22:05 PM

nice that gigabyte, can someone tellme if he has used that and is a silent cooler?
August 20, 2006 3:26:01 PM

From some user reviews on it, it is a lot quieter. 18.5-28.5db, which is pretty darn quiet. A great cooler as well, some people have got preliminary OC's of 550/1850 with it. Not a great core clock, but is preliminary. But that mem. clock is mind-blowing! That particular user used some OCZ mem. heatsinks, though.

August 20, 2006 3:46:53 PM

With a volt mod I'd imagine; I don't believe it's possible to get the memory that high without one.
August 20, 2006 3:48:35 PM

I believe eVGA sells theirs with the volt-mod already done? Not confirmed, but I've heard it here and there.

True, not likely with it not done, should've mentioned it.