I'm about to get a used 8800gt for my second rig tomorrow, and I'd like to try it in my main rig just to make sure it works properly.
Can I just switch the 2 cards around, give 8800gt furmark/3d mark test- ensure its ok, and simply switch it back with gtx 460 again? Im specifically interested in possible driver conflicts. Nvidia site directs me to the same current driver for both 8800gt and gtx460 so I assume they share the driver and will play nicely with my windows 7 64.
Thank you for confirming it. I will only test 8800gt in main rig, if it works as advertized its going straight to my 2nd rig, with fresh windows install and fresh everything really - I'm getting everything "new" for this rig.
As for overheating- im a kind of a freek there- its a lucky coincidence that im getting 2slot cooler version, i wasnt adamant on it, but since it has- all the better. I like to take the small fan that comes with any GPU, remove it so it wouldnt affect the new airflow and attach a super silent 12cm fan to it with plastic string. It wont win me any beauty awards, but this+ good airflow in my case usually drops temps by 10c+ over default ones while being whisper quiet too.
The only thing I'm considering now is maybe changing the thermal paste on the GPU. I havent done this on the GPU side, but I imagine its like the CPU variety. I've got Arctic silver ceramique 2. Is it worth it over the generic kind? I'm totally new to thermal pastes and their benefits. I always worried only about the heat sink and the fans.