Thursday, September 11

Rant

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Turns out that while modern graphics cards have temperature sensors, when something goes wrong - like, say, a stray cable caught in the fan - and they overheat, they, well, overheat.

And burn out.

Permanently.

I almost bought a passively cooled 9600, but no, I had to go for the fancy 9800, which is now a $200 paperweight.  My PC won't even turn on with the card installed.  Fortunately, it runs fine now that I've yanked the card out again.

Back to the trusty - and passively cooled - 6600.

Update: Just thought of something.  My case - a Lian-Li V600 - mounts the motherboard upside-down, as it were.  So in a normal case, the fan would be facing downward, much less likely to get fouled by a loose cable.  Just my luck. sad

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 12:36 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Did you desecrate a shrine or something?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, September 11 2008 03:13 AM (+rSRq)

2 Not yet.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, September 11 2008 03:18 AM (PiXy!)

3 That really sucks. Fans WILL fail, you can count on it. So you're supposed to replace the board every time the fan quits?

Posted by: Old Grouch at Thursday, September 11 2008 10:49 AM (eOV9F)

4 I think maybe the utility that I was using to underclock the card interfered with the thermal safety thingy.  I don't know for sure.  But I'm out $250 and about ten hours over the last two weeks. sad

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, September 11 2008 11:59 AM (PiXy!)

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