I know I'm asking for a solution to a conundrum here but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good low heat card that is fanless but will still be good for gaming. I'm looking for something fanless since I seem to have bad luck with overly loud fans and plan to build a completely fanless system. Also would passive water cooling be a better alternative than just fanlass for a system ?
I have looked at the fanless cards at newegg but there are very few and these seems to be relatively hard to come by.
I think you can get some 4670 cards without fans. . .
What resolution do you plan to game at? If it is anything to high then you may have to look for water cooled solutions, but I don't how loud those pumps can get.
Why fanless? If you are gaming then the noise of the fan won't matter, and when you aren't gaming then the fan will drop down to its lowest speed.
I've been reading user reviews and cards up to and including the 4670 apparently use very little power when idling, so their fans can slow down and be very quiet. OTOH the next step up is the 4830 and it uses enough more power that its fan will be noisier even when idling.
Thanks for the responces so far.
My LCD's native resolution is 1600x1024 but I'd also like to use the card to watch movies in 1920x1080 (1080p). The idle db is what I'm more interested in, if it's a little loud when playing games it not too bad. I currently have an x1650xt and it gets very hot very quickly which can cause the card to become very loud, it doesn't help that the ball bearings are shot.
A low power card may be a consideration, something with a low idle temp. TheyI would be fine with replacing the cololing unit of the card with something else and Accelero or somethign like it maybe something to look into. If anyone knows of a list of idle / avg running temps it would be very helpful.