I was wondering what your preference is and how you think GPU cooling should be dealt with.
Personally I like centrifugal fans (blower style) only when the move ALL of the hot air out the back of the case. This is becoming harder though with more and more ports at the rear of new cards. I have a 9800 GX2 and it ports a lot of hot air out the side into my case but Nvidia's blowers and non traditional (traditional being ATi's style). I'm a Nvidia fan boy at heart so I find it hard to switch to the currently superior ATi cards plus there still to pricey for my blood so most of my cards have been Nvidia with traditional fans in the center of the heat sink. But now I'm swapping out my GX2 for a 4870X2 mainly because it has less problems and I'm not sure witch one to go for blower or traditional. Well I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the triple fan one but I would still like to know for future reference what you think.
Also why do some cards have cooling on the memory chips on one side but not the other, my only thought is that it lowers the board temp cooling the chips passively.
If you like Nvidia then just wait for the new cards to come out.
The blower style is best for all computer systems, but if you have a nice case with plenty of air current then it might not matter as much.
It depends on the memory chip in question, but most of them actually have running speeds that don't require cooling to operate as by design. However if they overclock the memory the extra cooling might help.
I'm huge Overcooking nut and I like things to last so I like to keep everything cool.
I'm looking for more performance then my GX2 but I'm having trouble paying my school bills so I have almost no money to spend maybe 20-40 dollars so hopefully I can get 200 dollars for my GX2 . the main problem I have is with my lower end games like TF1 HL1 portal killing floor and other games that it should not choke on plus the shader problem is REALLY bothering me. I'll try to explain more when I get back from work if I can stay awake I'm pulling a 12 hour shift.
blowers are much better air movers, they can put out way more CFM for their size
i might try something like a 5850 if i were u
Well the only advantage there would be Dx11 and the only game I have that is DX 11 is stalker CP. Here are my current favorite games HL 1-ep2(since 2001 =), HL2 DM Crysis, Crysis warhead, Stalker (all of them) Portal, Blue shift, CSS, GTA 4, COD MW2, and crysis wars in order of most liked to least like so a 4870 x2 is not only much cheaper is will run the games I like MUCH better. in a year or so I will sell it and get a 5970 if they drop A LOT or a 5870/GTX480 depending on price in a year from now and usage of very high AA in future games.
I want to go DX11 as soon as I can though because I love the new DX11 games like metro 2033 and Stalker CP maybe dirt 2 if it drops to 19.99 and can't wait for new ones like CRYSIS 2, BF 1943 and Grid 2. Plus I can't get over how amazing DX11 is.
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