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Does X1900XT fan really sound like hairdryer?

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October 14, 2006 6:15:48 PM

My card is a Sapphire X1900XT 256MB card.

I only ask about the noise because newegg seems to have a good deal on

ZALMAN VF900 – CU 2 Ball VGA Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

$36.99 Free Three Day Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

I was not going to spend $50 plus shipping on an add-on vga heatsink, but this deal seems nice. And although my system is very loud, it currently does not sound like a hair dryer unless I crank my 92mm CPU ThurmalTake fan all the way up. If the ZALMAN VF900 is quieter, cools a lot better at max load, and is fairly easy to install, I might do it.

Would this stock fan on my Sapphire X1900XT work on my Sapphire X800GTO and do a better job cooling that card, even at a quieter setting?

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October 14, 2006 6:21:58 PM

HiS makes an X1900XT IceQ3 version which is one of the quietest...
October 15, 2006 4:22:18 AM

Some of the reviews say the Zalman VF900 only offers a small increase in cooling, but a huge increase in sound. But if I do go for it, does anyone know about putting the stock X1900XT cooler on a X800GTO? Even on my wife's computer right now I have a 9700np with a stock 9800 Pro heatsink on it. Is the X800GTO a lot different than the X1900XT?
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October 16, 2006 6:49:16 AM

I have a 1900XT 512MB
Currently with my Zalman VF900 at 1/2 power, GPU diode is 36C. At load I'll be lucky if I ever hit 60C.
MUCh quieter than stock 1900XT fan and lighter too.
I run a Zalman CPU cooler and the two are pretty quiet.

Runs about 3C cooler than stock. If you read the comparo's the Zalman doesnt cool as well as a stock cooler at 100% but the noise is 1/2. The diff is a few degrees.
October 16, 2006 6:52:11 AM

If you keep temps below 55C with good case airflow, fan speed is below 30% and fairly quiet, but as it heats, at 90C fan is at 100% which is 5krpm... kinda noisy...
October 16, 2006 11:41:59 PM

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If you keep temps below 55C with good case airflow, fan speed is below 30% and fairly quiet, but as it heats, at 90C fan is at 100% which is 5krpm... kinda noisy...


i was about to post a Thread, My X1900XT is really quiet, actually I cant hear it over my case fans, only on start-up. Even when i game I still cant hear it get any louder. My Idle temp is 48C Stock. Am I missing something here?
October 16, 2006 11:55:16 PM

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If you keep temps below 55C with good case airflow, fan speed is below 30% and fairly quiet, but as it heats, at 90C fan is at 100% which is 5krpm... kinda noisy...


i was about to post a Thread, My X1900XT is really quiet, actually I cant hear it over my case fans, only on start-up. Even when i game I still cant hear it get any louder. My Idle temp is 48C Stock. Am I missing something here?

Not really, I hear it above the P180 fans when I jump into 3D gamin but it is nowhere near as loud as a hair dryer. I think its a mixture of the case and airflow that determines the noise level so your mileage will vary.
October 17, 2006 12:17:00 AM

They're around the same as most current CPU fans, noise wise.
October 17, 2006 12:23:25 AM

If you want to be really quiet, try a water cooling like on the X1900 XTX Toxic, a Thermaltake Tide Water. Mine is barely audible, and keeps the gpu around 41-44c, depending on load.
November 7, 2006 7:30:21 PM

My card has been very quiet so far. When I boot up it takes off like a jet engine, but then the temp setting must kick in and it becomes very quiet.

But at what temp should the fan push itself to 75% or even 100%? I was getting some visual artifacts in NeverWinter Nights 2 yesterday that may have been caused my heat, but my fan was still very quiet. When I closed down the game and checked temps via the overdrive display, and it was in the 70s C.
November 7, 2006 8:01:56 PM

I have the card. It's really great. I have 6 fans running, and let me tell you, this card's fan sounds like a leaf blower when its running at 100%.

If my case is cool, everything is fine (maybe running at 30%). When it heats up, the fan starts spinning, and I've got to turn on my TV louder just to block it out.

If you dont mind noise, great card.
November 7, 2006 8:22:54 PM

I would recommend the Arctic Cooling Accelero over the Zalman. Great performance and save yourself $12.

Friend runs his at 50% all the time and it is dead silent. I helped him install and we literally shut the PC down quick because we thought it wasn't on :p 
November 7, 2006 11:33:24 PM

I was a dumb@ss and ordered that Zamlan with my card, and I do not think I need it now. But I have six case fans also, 4 80mm, one 90mm and one 120mm. My case temp is very good. And if I close out a game and it takes me say 15 seconds to get a read on GPU temps and it says 75, then it could not have really been that hot to begin with. Maybe this was a NWN2 issue or an ATI issue that will be addressed in a patch or update.
November 7, 2006 11:55:39 PM

If im not mistaken the x1900 and my x850xt use the same fan. In that event, yes the damn thing sounds like a hair dryer
November 8, 2006 12:07:00 AM

I still think that With some good airflow, its fine.
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