[mythtv-users] NewEgg Cheap Nvidia GT220 Cards

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 02:39:56 UTC 2009

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have a fanless 9500 card.
>> After renting a forklift to help the UPS driver deliver the crate, I did
>> manage to get the card into a case, blocking the PCI slot next to it. Modern
>> mobos generally do not have PCI slots to throw away as heatsink spacers.
>> Rather then worry about "fanless", I'd try to find a quiet, reliable fan, if
>> it's needed for cooling.
>> Generally a "fanless" card requires good airflow through the case to cool the
>> heatsink, which simply transfers the fan to someplace other than on the
>> card.
>> There are quiet fans available, which anyone with normal hearing shouldn't
>> be bothered with.
>> Of course, having lived in Manhattan for many years, I am somewhat
>> immune to noise. I often wonder where some of the people complaining
>> about fan noise live, in an anechoic chamber? My watch makes more noise
>> than some fans I have heard.
> My biggest problem with these fans is that at some point in 2 to 5
> years the fan will die causing you to have to either replace the card
> or try to hack a replacement since there seems to be no standard fan.

Or in my case a fire. Fortunately the machine resided in the garage or
the problem might have taken out my whole house...

Granted, it was an always on machine, but there are consequences that
sometimes we don't think about when we first put the machine together.

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