[mythtv-users] NewEgg Cheap Nvidia GT220 Cards

greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Thu Dec 3 17:31:41 UTC 2009


Brian Wood wrote:
> On Thursday 03 December 2009 10:08:22 am John Drescher 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.
>>
>> And also you may not know the fan died quickly enough. At my
>> department at work this is the #1 cause of GPU and motherboard deaths
>> over the last 5 years.
>>     
>
> I agree, I am sick and tired of multi-hundred and multi-thousand dollar 
> machines going down because the maker tried to save a few pennies on a 
> fan.
>
> A recent unnamed device I bought had a fan failure after less than 20 hours 
> of operation.
>
> Good quality ball-bearing fans can be had, though they are relatively 
> expensive. If I can, I usually replace the factory-supplied fans in units I 
> buy.
>
> This is true not just in the computer world, fan failure was the #1 cause of 
> failures when I worked in the TV business, and units that came with some 
> sort of monitoring system were rare (NEC was a notable exception).
>
> Newark Electronics sells some good quality fans from Comair/Rotron, they 
> are worth the price IMHO.
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>   
This might sound strange,but what i do to make sure my fans are working 
properly is,once a year i peel the label back on the fan motor..I then 
place a one drop of oil on the shaft.. Since I have been doing this I 
haven't had a fan failure.. I started doing this after a fan failure 
cost me a CPU..


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