i have a January 2007 vintage eVGA 7600GT. running with XP. if i do an "unhide all" on a 3D max tutorial, and then attempt to rotate the viewport, with a lot of geometry on the screen, the fan will fire up.
is there a configuration of Vista that is graphics-intensive ?
i think it's worth doing an RMA, unless there is consensus that some configs. of Vista need more than a 7600 GT.
Yould would need thermalpaste i belive these vga cooler come with some but i prefer to use Ceramique by arctic silver. Some pepole would disagree and rather use Arctic Silver 5 But the prob is Arctic Silver 5 Will give you the better thermal tranfer but its highly conductive and if you spill some on the card or motherboard you will toast it.
So my sugestion will be stick to the Ceramique thermal paste its the best non conductive on your cpu as5 all the way.
As far as temp reading usually if you right click on your window screen you can go into your video card and read the temps right from there thats how i do it im sure there is other ways but this is the easiest and free way.
and the fanless cooler is more but look at all the options you have it's made to run fanless and you can add a bigger fan if you want and bigger fan means more airflow and quieter i recomend a 92mm silenx fan mine is really quiet and has tons of flow and its a 14 dba
also the thermalright is copper as well but nickle plated that means no corrosion
check with thermalright and make sure your vga card is compatible i belive they just cam out with a six hole adaptor kit to fit more cards.
this fan is noiseless it does not push tons of cfm but with heatpipe all you need is a little bit of flow to get that heat off.
This is the best vga cooler available on the market it beats all others including stock coolers and no other cooler on the market has the huge 92mm fan option the bigger the fan the more cfm so you don't need to get a loud fan a silent 92mm is sufficient.
and as far as fanless vga card from the manufacture they are desighned to run fanless so if companise like asus and abit come out with them its cause they have been tested and they work well up grading to a hr-03 thermalright vga cooler is always a good idea but asus , abit etc. is not going to put out a product that will give them a prob.
Now if you were talking about a fanless 7900 or 8800 series maybe then theese card are much more high performance compared to a 7600 and requier better cooling.
In the future we will see higher performance cards at lower temps therfore having the posibility of going fanless.
Just like alot of the new cpu run cooler than the old prescotts or amd Socket 754's
so the only real reason to upgrade to a aftermarket cooler is to get a more quiet cooler or perhaps better temps there will always be those who like the high performance , overclocking, or just simply feel better that there pc thats on all the time is running nice and cool and quiet with a nice 120mm fan rather than a 70mm fan
i run internet cafe in virginia. have 100 computers running.
all my system has evga 7600 gt in it. its been about year and half and now, more then 50 video card has blown capacitator. is it my system thats causing this or did i just pick the bad model from evga. by the way, card is still under warrenty,(2 yrs) but i see that evga hastaken off this perticular model off of their RMA model list.
-eVGA 7600 GT
-case with 1 rear fan