So I disconnected it. I don't play 3D games on my computer or do any 3D work, the most load the GPU will go through is MMX video encoding (which I think uses GPU, with ffmpeg, no?)
Does anyone think this will break my motherboard / CPU if it fails due to overheating? I don't care if the card goes, I just don't want it taking down my whole system. I am loath to spend money on expensive cooling fans for a cheap card, when for an extra few quid I could get the exact same card again with a massive heatsink i.e. the "silent" version:
The fact that this silent version even exists gives me comfort - surely it's just the exact same card with the same components, just a larger heatsink and no fan?? Then I should be ok to just run my existing card with no fan, as long as I don't push it for hours with no ventilation in the case.
It's been ok so far but it's also been 1 degree in London.