I have the same card on the way, but it's the blue one sold at TigerDirect. I specifically got this one over the one at Newegg 'cause the fan and heat sink are mounted backwards to others I've seen. The fan (and intake) are toward the inside of the case, at the end of the card and the exhaust is at the back, near the back of the case. I'm mounting a 22 cfm slot fan there and it should pick up the exhaust air from the video card and toss it right out the back. I also got this one because it has two Molex conections instead of the one PCIe. This way, I can use two rails from my PSU without using the adapter. I'm using it with a Corsair HX620 PSU as well. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Card still runs fine. The following games I can run with no problems:
- F.E.A.R. (almost everything set to High)
- Hellgate demo (high settings)
- Crysis demo (that one goes to medium settings '-)
For what the noise of the fan on the coolingcard:
Yes, the noise isn't really annoying but then again I think everyone wants to give it a try to make his system as quiet as possible.
So did I, and I ordered an Accelero X2 cooler. As stated on the site of Artic Cooling as on the website of the shop this cooler should be compatible with all X1950 Pro cards.
HOWEVER, this cooler won't fit on a Diamond Viper X1950 Pro AGP card! For some reason, the mounting holes on a Diamond Viper X1950 Pro AGP card differ from those found on a Diamond Viper X1950 Pro PCI-E card.
I contacted Artic Cooling and they said that I was the first one to 'complain' that the cooler does't fit on a X1950 pro AGP card. I didn't have the chance to ask Diamond about it, because my registration still isn't confirmed after 7 days. So I can't file a question on their site.
Well, I've had the card for over a week and here are my impressions:
What a great card! This thing does not run hot like I've heard elsewhere. Again, I have the one with the fan at the front of the card and exhaust at the back. I put a 22 CFM slot fan under it and it does a fantastic job of pulling the heat from the card. I tweaked the fan settings a bit and have it set to idle at 60%. I get an idle temp of 40° and I haven't been able to get it above 52° in games. I'm playing F4:AF, granted, it's a two year-old game, but I'm running it with full graphics settings at 1920 x 1080 x 32. I get 110-120 fps at high altitudes and around 40 fps at low altitudes, where it has to draw high ground detail. It's largely removed some of the glitchy behavior from some of my other games too, nice.
There's only one issue though: For some reason I have to do a power off restart every time. When I do a simple power on restart the card turns off the video signal and I get a black screen. Now, my monitor fried a while back and I'm using my TV as a monitor till I get a new one. The TV is at least detecting the card because the TV will go to a blue screen and shut off after 1 minute with no signal. I'm getting a continuous black screen, as if the video card shut off it's signal. While I was going through cards trying to find one that works I had at least one other that did the same thing, that's what makes me think it might be the TV. It's kind of a dilemma because I only have a 30 day window to return the card, but I'm not quite ready to get my new monitor yet. I really don't want to return it, I absolutely LOVE the performance increase it's given me, what bottleneck?:-) Man, I'm at a loss on this one.
Thanks for all the great advice I continue to get here! :-)
PS> I'm not overclocking it, but the stock clocks advertise 575/1380 and mine shows 580/1404 stock. :-) The X1950 Pro AGP I have.