What do yall think of this passive cooled Gigabyte 6800? Ive been debating on getting the MSI 6800 (soft mod reasons), Evga 6800 or the XfX 6800 untill i saw the new Gigabyte. I'm curious what yall think about its ability to stay cool under a heavy load and power consumption.
Well I have bought many Giga-byte products over the years, even a few in my case right now (Always strictly bought Giga-Byte motherboards, and will conintue to do so in the future).
I trust Giga-Bytes judgement, and know that they wouldn't use a passively cooled heatsink, unless it would work. HOWEVER, it would have me a little concerned. My eVGA 6800 runs fairly warm with a nosiy fan on top of it.
Most of the 6800s I have dealt with do have a fans on them that are suprising loud (Not anything horrible, just surprised I could hear it, I couldn't hear the fans on any of my other GeForce4s).
I would say the overclocking is probably out of the question. Also how are those heatpipes supposed to work (Read, they aren't going to work). The heat pipes go from one hot heatsink to another hot heatsink??
If you are trying to build something that is whisper quiet go with watercooling. Otherwise I think I would go with a standard heatsink and a fan. I've been happy with my eVGA so far.
I have to say I’m impressed. The heatsink is a single slot solution. That’s ok as long you don't plan to overclock the card.
It will be interesting to see if Zalman can better it, as there current passive cooling solution takes up two slots.
The ZM-HP80D can handle a 9800XT @ 420+/375+ passively (or mine at least, haven't tried any higher). I have ZERO doubt it can handle a vanilla 6800. I imagine it would need the optional fan to work on a 6800GT, but it might not (X-Bit says the 9800XT uses more power, so idk).
I don't get why people freak out about a 2 slot solution, who uses all their PCI slots anyway?? I use three (SATA/PATA RAID, Audigy, USB2/FW) and I thought I used a lot.
Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.